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Why Is MoPac Traffic So Much Worse In The Afternoon Than In The Morning?

Does it really take longer to get home in the afternoon than to get to work in the morning?

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Texas Standard: January 9, 2019

No emergency declaration yet. After the president makes an oval office pitch for his border wall, what if anything has changed? We’ll take a closer look. Also, on the morning after the presidential address on the border wall, the states’ top three officials try to send a message to Texans: they’re a united front when…

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Texas Standard: January 8, 2019

It’ll be 140 days unless things get crazy and the Texas lege goes into overtime. In recent years, hot button issues have made for rather explosive headlines coming from the Texas capitol, but the 86th session that starts today could be different. 3 veterans of the Capitol Press Corps tell us what to expect. Also,…

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Texas Standard: December 10, 2018

The White House Chief of Staff is leaving. The president’s being cagey about the reasons, but there were clear signs this was coming. Earlier this year, NPR’s Texas based correspondent John Burnett landed an exclusive interview with John Kelly, and there were signs of a rupture with his boss even then. Coming up John Burnett…

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Getting Out

The Texas Standard asks listeners for poetry requests. This one is for Jess.

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Texas Standard: October 15, 2018

Constitutional protections suspended in the name of security: how the so-called border zone is expanding and who if anyone is pushing back. Though the policy of separating families at the border is reported to have ended, the camp housing kids at the Tornillo port of entry is expanding. We’ll get a first hand glimpse inside….

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Who’s That Distinctly Texan Voice Behind The Crosswalk Signals Around Austin?

You might have heard that twang beckoning you across the street. Meet the real-life person behind the walk signal.

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Why Was I-35 Designed As A Double-Decker Through Central Austin?

Interstate Highway 35 is many things to many people. It is a vital thoroughfare for commerce and shipping. It is also an economic and social barrier through much of Austin. And nearly from its construction, it has been a source of frustration for drivers stuck in its traffic. I-35 has inspired a number of questions…

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What’s It Called? Hyperloop!

Imagine hurtling across Texas in a high-tech, high-speed vehicle. You cold get so much done, or just get there faster, all the while mocking those who are still stuck in highway traffic. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem,

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Texas Standard: January 3, 2018

North Korea wants to re-open communication with South Korea, and protests in Iran raise tensions. We’ll explore how the U-S might balance these dual crises. Also, the flu is going around. Doctors say wash your hands, stay home when you’re sick and, yes, get the flu shot – even though it might not protect you….

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Texas Standard: November 2, 2017

One small step for a sports franchise, one giant leap for for Harvey Hit Houston. Baseball, we have a world champion. We’ll have the view from their hometown. Plus, they are prescribed to combat some of the toughest diseases out there, but are they really necessary? A new report spells out a kickback scheme: not…

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Never-Ending Construction on I-35

Tired of the seemingly endless construction on Interstate 35? Wondering if it will ever end? That slow traffic flow is the subject of this week’s Typewriter Rodeo poem.

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The History, Mystery and Misery of MoPac

The glorified parking lot known, at least officially, as Loop 1 has given many a driver plenty of time to ponder its quirks while stuck in traffic.

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I-35

Highways are supposed to let us get around local traffic, across town or to the next big city quickly. But anyone who has lived in Texas for more than a week knows that there’s one exception to the rule: Interstate 35. Locals who live along the highway itself avoid it on their daily commutes. Long-distance…

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Pet Peeves

Things may really annoy you, but when do they hit that sweet spot where you become fond of them? When do they become your pets? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of pet peeves.

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Tappin’ on the Brakes

What do Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio all have in common? Traffic. That inspired Typewriter Rodeo’s David Fruchter to write this week’s poem.

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Texas Standard: February 16, 2016

Brake lights for miles- But is building more lanes on highways making things worse? We’ll explore. Also taking a bite out of crime… or at least the way we treat some criminal evidence. Plus… how some invasive plants are making it tough for border patrol agents to do their jobs. And we’ll check in on…

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Texas Standard: January 19, 2016

What does the governor of Texas want from Israel? How his visit changed from an economic agenda to a political posture. Governor Greg Abbott restates his opposition to Iran during a one on one with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Another Texan planning for higher office? Also a Texas man freed in the Iran prisoner…

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Texas Standard: November 6, 2015

An investigation of more than 16 million traffic citations reveal something very fishy going on with Texas Department of Public Safety stops. Hispanic people being labeled as White? Are Texas Troopers ‘playing games’ with racial profiling data, or is it a computer glitch? And, the FBI’s wants to help teachers identify American students vulnerable to…

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Texas Standard: August 28, 2015

Kids serving hard time in Texas prisons- what happens when they age into adulthood behind bars and are released into society? Also, the shooter who killed two journalists on live TV in Virginia wanted notoriety – should the media deny that to him by limiting coverage of his identity? Plus -why the speed of traffic…

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