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Texas Standard: April 17, 2018

The Commander is Chief wields a lot of power over U-S military action, but where do those powers begin and end? We’ll explore. Also, it’s been almost 10 years since Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston. But the city still hasn’t rebuilt much of the housing many depend on. And it’s been exactly 5 years since a…

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Texas Standard: February 21, 2018

Some momentum behind tightened accountability for firearm background checks. The top Texas Republican who now seems to be at least partially on board. Also, early voting is underway. The first choice those heading to the polls will have to make is which party’s primary to vote in. Why crossover voting isn’t all that common. Plus,…

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Texas Standard: August 22, 2017

Change in plans: the president does a 180 on Afghanistan. When will the US leave? We’ll explore why the commander in chief says that’s the wrong question. Also, the navy takes a knee after another ship in the pacific fleet collides with a commercial vessel. 10 navy crew members missing. Who’s on lookout and what’s…

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Texas Standard: August 2, 2017

The Affirmative Action pendulum could swing yet again. What a new document suggests about plans inside the DOJ. It wasn’t long ago the Supreme Court sided with the University of Texas’ use of affirmative action. A new administration could bring back the debate. Plus, President Trump’s proposed Border Wall may be coming sooner than expected…

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Texas Standard: June 20, 2017

The Russians declare a de facto US no fly zone east of the euphrates. Are we seeing the Berlinization of Syria? We’ll explore. Also the US supreme court agrees to consider a Wisconsin case on redistricting. What’s that mean for Texas? Depending on the outcome, more than you might think. And SB4: with what detractors…

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Texas Standard: June 12, 2017

An election upset in one of the biggest cities in Texas. We’ll meet the newly elected mayor of San Antonio: Ron Nirenberg. Also, a major decision in a case involving the legality of detaining undocumented immigrants. And it comes from the judge who’ll be hearing a challenge to the so called show me your papers…

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Quanah Parker: A Mother’s Day Story

Quanah Parker was the most feared of the Comanche chiefs on the Texas frontier. He was half white and half Comanche. He was taller and stronger and faster and more clever than any other chief of his time. The fact that he never lost a battle to soldiers who relentlessly pursued him … The fact…

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Texas Standard: May 12, 2016

It was a deadly explosion that rocked a sense of security…3 years later, another jolt shaking the town of west Texas. We’ll explore. Texas is home to one of the largest squads of mosquito fighters in the country, but are they big enough to tackle the new threat of Zika… Also, a tempest in a…

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The Story of James Dean and the Shamrock Hotel

James Dean – in the movie “Giant” – tells Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor that he has struck oil. And not only that, it’s payback time. James Dean was playing Jett Rink, a hard drinkin’, brawlin’, tough-talkin’ uncultured Texas wildcatter who struck it rich. But everybody in Texas knew that he was really playing Glen…

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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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