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Texas Standard: May 10, 2017

Nixonian or something else? Texans and their political leaders come to terms with an historic move by the White House, we’ll explore. Also more on the surprise firing of the FBI director, reaction from across Texas and what comes next. Plus, new medical facilities sprouting like weeds across Texas, but are they really good for…

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Texas Standard: November 30, 2016

Not since 2008 has OPEC cut oil production. But now, it appears, it’s happening. And it’s raising prices and moods across Texas, we’ll have the latest. Also two chambers, two republican leaders, two very different ways of doing business, and two very different agendas. What’s the divide between lieutenant governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker…

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Texas Standard: August 28, 2016

For those frustrated by the two party choices, there is another way. That’s the message independents are pushing but who’s buying? Plus the stereotypes of drug runners? May need to rethink that. A new report suggests a profound shift in the drug business, from Texas’ southern border to its northern. We’ll hear how and why….

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Texas Standard: August 15, 2016

In drought-prone Texas, is rain a hazard to our health? Why state officials might want to keep the answers on the down low, we’ll explore. Plus the constitution says owing money is not a crime, but many texans get locked up for it anyway. What some cities are doing to change that if they can….

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TSI Weekend: Zika

“If you divorce economy from ecology then you end up crumbling the mechanisms by which the forest has typically been able to keep the worst of the pathogens from emerging beyond merely hitting a village or two.” -Rob Wallace In this edition of The Secret Ingredient Weekend, Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy summarize…

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Texas Standard: August 8, 2016

Maybe you didn’t make it to Rio for the Olympics, but the Zika virus has made it here. Mosquitoes and money, lots of money, we’ll explore. Also for the first time since 1904, golf makes it to the Olympics. And, Nike QUITS the golf business. We’ll look at those mixed messages and the sport’s popularity…

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Texas Standard: July 15, 2016

Another attack. Again in France. At least two Americans killed, reports they were Texans. We’re following that. Also in this country… ongoing tensions in police-community relations. A Texas leader calling out the President for his reactions to recent events. And funding for fighting Zika… what Texas can expect from Washington. Plus a Texas Youth Orchestra…

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Texas Standard: July 12, 2016

The nation mourns for Dallas. President Obama in North Texas today to remember 5 police officers. And bending the President’s ear. A US Representative from Dallas tells us what she has to say to the President… and what she wants her colleagues in Washington to know. And a convention in Cleveland. Events begin to ramp…

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Texas Standard: July 11, 2016

Promoting unity in Dallas and action in Washington. Efforts to enact change after last week’s shooting, we’ll explore. Also: A new precedent. A criminal justice expert on the Dallas Police Department’s use of a robot with a bomb to eliminate the shooting suspect. Plus: Little Saigon. Why a Houston city council member’s plan to re-name…

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Texas Standard: July 5, 2016

Ready… Aim… Now what? After calling the gun control sit-in a publicity stunt House GOP leaders prepare for a vote. Plus there was a plan to crack down to crack down on repeat offenders in domestic violence cases. But a new report says in real life, more repeat offenders are getting more lenient treatment, we’ll…

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Pathogens: Rob Wallace (Ep. 15)

In this episode of The Secret Ingredient we talk with Rob Wallace, author of “Big Farms Make Big Flu: Dispatches on Infectious Disease, Agribusiness, and the Nature of Science,” about pathogens, zika, bird flu, capitalism, and so much more.

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Texas Standard: June 10, 2016

There is no zika epidemic in Texas, but Houston’s mayor says the time has come to declare a public health state of emergency. Also Texas democrats try to build on a new anti-Trump momentum…but guess who’s coming to the Lone star state just in Time for the democratic convention? And, an state law says schools…

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Texas Standard: April 1, 2016

Researchers announce preliminary findings on the zika virus…as Texas takes steps to protect itself. Also, judging by the background checks, firearm purchases in Texas are close to setting new records…what’s behind the call to arms? NPR’s John Burnet joins us to talk about it. Also, nearly eighty thousand people will gather in Arlington this weekend…

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Texas Standard: February 15, 2016

So Texas, anything important happen over the weekend? Only what could be a tech tonic shift in politics and the constitution. How the passing of Antonin Scalia affects some of the most profound issues facing the nation, including three big cases from Texas. Also a south Texas boom town gone bust: how an entire city…

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Zika Virus

Texas is implementing a targeted strike against mosquito breeding grounds to keep the Zika Virus at bay. That was the inspiration for Typewriter Rodeo’s Kari Anne Roy as she wrote this week’s poem.

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