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Texas Standard: December 24, 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like 2019 all over again? On this Christmas eve, we’re telling some of our favorite stories from the year that was. From the Texas Capitol City, this hour we’ll be criss crossing the state. From deep west Texas, to the Rio Grande Valley, up and east to the Piney…

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What’s In A Name – The Rio Grande Valley

When some people first arrive in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas they often ask, “Where are the mountains?” It’s natural. Generally a valley is between mountains or at least hills. But the Rio Grande Valley is most accurately a delta region, as level as Lubbock. The highest roadway point is the 80-foot summit…

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Running For Office

It seems every week a new candidate is announcing plans to seek office in 2020. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

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The Mystery Of The Osage Murders

One of the best books I’ve read this year is “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” I was late to this literary party. This nonfiction work has been a super-bestseller for well over a year now. It has been on the Paperback Nonfiction bestseller list for 49…

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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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Jack Johnson: The Galveston Giant

As I was watching the Olympics, I began thinking about all the great athletes who have come from Texas and gone on to be the best in the world. Though not an Olympic champion, I thought of one Texan who stood unexpectedly at the pinnacle of his sport for an impressive number of years. He…

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The Flu

A poem for everyone who is under blankets on the couch.

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Plumbing The Depths of Jacob’s Well

When settlers first came upon Jacob’s Well near Wimberley around 1850, they did not encounter a swimming hole. They discovered a magical fountain of beautifully clear water, 12 feet in diameter, sometimes spouting four or five feet above the surface. They named it Jacob’s Well because of its Biblical magnificence. Over the next 70 years,…

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Medieval Festivals

Many weekends in Texas, revelers with a penchant for a certain time in history can find a place to celebrate. That was the inspiration for this poem.

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March 17, 2015

Is that a gun in your holster, or are you just carrying concealed? An historic step by the Texas Senate and what it means for us. Plus: A vote today in Israel that could change the way forward in the Mideast. We explore the implications with Israel’s top official in Texas. And: Primo pot moves…

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March 4, 2015

A jumbotron at a Texas high school and an ad depicting a tattooed Jesus turns into a federal case over religious liberty. Also, a plan to give report cards to Texas public schools and what kind of grades they’re bringing home. Plus, a candid conversation with UT football legend, Mack Brown. All that and more…

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Green Room: Phil Collins’ Alamo

The biggest collection of Alamo artifacts ever amassed is returning home, thanks to rocker and hard-core Alamo aficionado Phil Collins. The English drummer and award-winning vocalist chats with the Texas Standard about his multi-million dollar gift — and his unlikely obsession.

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Green Room: How to Manage Like the Spurs

They may not have superstars, or the massive resources of other teams–but what the San Antonio Spurs do have are championships. UTSA business professor Mark Lengnick-Hall argues that American businesses could learn a lot from how the Spurs get the job done.

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Green Room: Texas City Disaster Revisited

We’ve all heard of the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas–a tragedy that shook a city and garnered national attention. But the worst industrial disaster in history–also in Texas–claimed untold hundreds of lives, and is almost forgotten. Veteran journalist and author Bill Minutaglio takes us on a trip back in time, to the post…

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