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Texas Standard: May 30, 2019

The latest front in the culture wars? A game of political chicken, sandwiches? We’ll look at the backstory behind the conservative cry to save Chick-fil-a. AT&T is one of the biggest and best known brands in the world, but it ain’t your parents Ma Bell anymore. How the Dallas based phone company is morphing into…

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Magic

It turns out when it comes to magic it’s more about psychology than it is hocus pocus. On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the role our perceptual system plays in understanding trickery.

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Joy vs. Happiness

We might think the idea of happiness and joy are interchangeable, but as Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss on this episode Two Guys on Your Head they are very different.

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Jane Miller

“I believe language is probably the most powerful thing on earth.” –Jane Miller Poet Jane Miller sat down with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain to talk about her new book, Who is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions. Listen back as Miller reads her poem “May You Always be the Darling of Fortune” and talks…

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Texas Standard: November 23, 2018

On this Black Friday, how marketing created a legacy of pirates in the air over Texas, affecting music culture and politics way beyond. With shopping season officially underway, we often think of hyper-commercialism as a byproduct of Madison Avenue. But one could make the case that America’s hype machine got its start along the border…

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A Radio Dream

The intimacy of the medium of radio was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

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Sugar And The Brain (Rebroadcast)

Why is it hard to have just one of those delicious slices of pound cake over the holidays? Well, it turns out it has less to do with the creamy butter and more to do with the way our brains react to those sweet white grains of sugar. In this edition of Two Guys on…

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How Do Emergency Alert Systems Work In Austin?

The story behind that annoying weekly test of the Emergency Alert System.

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Texas Standard: December 5, 2017

Lawmakers thought they’d fixed the voter ID question in Texas. Today, the state defends the new law in federal court, we’ll have the latest. Also, when hurricane Harvey made landfall, Rockport took it on the chin. As people talk about rebuilding in other parts of Texas, the question for Rockport is far more stark: can…

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Texas Standard: October 13, 2017

After repeated demands by democrats, a Texas lawmaker unveils articles of impeachment against President Trump. Now what? We’ll have the latest. Also, an army task force returns to Texas from Puerto Rico. We’ll hear what they encountered, and why the need for help isn’t likely to end any time soon. Plus, once it was hailed…

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Texas Standard: September 29, 2017

New York, Chicago, parts of Florida known for large Puerto Rican communities. My, after Maria, it’s looking like destination Texas. We’ll have the story. Also, a conversation with the head of Texas Task Force One, one of the first rescue groups to arrive in Puerto Rico. Plus, that phone in your hand? Chances are, it’s…

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Texas Standard: June 23, 2017

California bans official travel to Texas–over a law they say permits discrimination in adoption services. The impact and possible pushback today on the standard. After cutting off Planned Parenthood, the state launched a healthy Texas women program. One year later, what’s the prognosis? Also, an old phenomenon gets renewed attention: why do so many women…

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Post-Project Depression

Many soon-to-be graduates might be asking themselves, “what do I do now?” On this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about how to deal with the lows that come after you complete a major goal.

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Texas Standard: April 27, 2017

After a long night at the capitol, looks like a statewide ban on so-called sanctuary cities is all but a done deal. What happens next? That’s today on the Texas Standard. There’s more than a government shutdown to worry about: a prominent Texas lawmaker says what really on the line in the budget impasse: military…

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Texas Standard: April 26, 2017

If a picture’s worth a thousand words, what’s the value of a word? How the future for thousands could turn on a single definition: the story today on the Texas Standard. Texas lawmakers begin what could be a marathon debate over forcing Texas towns and cities to enforce federal immigration laws. We’ll have the latest….

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Texas Standard: April 25, 2017

Feeling the sting: Texas officials worry about the return of a major health threat, and why those most at risk aren’t paying attention…The story today on the Texas Standard. If you build it they will—sue? NPR’s John Burnett tells us how a 40 year old treaty could be a brick wall for the wall… People…

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Texas Standard: April 21, 2017

Police shootings caught on smartphones grab the headlines…but what about other deaths in custody? The results of a new investigation today on the Texas Standard. The State of Texas wants its drugs back. The FDA says: not gonna happen. A looming showdown over a deadly cocktail. State law that says kids need to ‘click it’…

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Texas Standard: April 20, 2017

Texas is number 1- for reports of improper teacher student relationships- and the numbers continue to rise. Why and what can be done today on the Texas Standard. An alternative to the much debated senate bathroom bill does not require people to use the bathroom that matches the gender on their birth certificate. We’ll hear…

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Texas Standard: April 19, 2017

An upset or not so much? As political pundits argue over the the significance of Georgia’s special election, is there fallout closer to home? The story today on the Texas Standard. The president calls for tightening H1B visas: how that might affect the state with the most H1B applicants outside California- you know the one….

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Texas Standard: February 24, 2017

What does the Trump administration really have in store for the next 4 years? Don’t say nobody warned ya. The story today on the Texas Standard. Social media and text messages suspected behind skyrocketing numbers of inappropriate stident teacher relationships in Texas. What to do? The Texas legislature now stepping in. Also: a rare conversation…

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