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Texas Standard delivers up-to-the-moment coverage of politics, lifestyle, the environment, technology, innovation and money from a uniquely Texas perspective. The program airs Monday through Friday on more than 30 public radio stations across Texas. Visit texasstandard.org/listen to find when it…

Texas Standard


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    Texas Standard: October 15, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 50:43

    A likely appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court as the 5th Circuit reaffirms a decision to let Texas’ near total abortion ban remain in effect. Other stories we are tracking: in the final days of a third special session, the Texas House green lights a bill that would force transgender Texas youth to play on […]

    Texas Standard: October 14, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 50:34

    It is a legislative season that at times has seemed like it might never end. Today Bob Garrett of the Dallas Morning News and Taylor Goldenstein of the Houston Chronicle get us up to speed on what the lege has left to finish, and what’s been done up to this point. Also the launch of […]

    Texas Standard: October 13, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 50:42

    Was election day in South Texas 2020 an omen for Democrats in 2022 and beyond? A prediction and a prescription getting a lot of attention. Coming up, a warning for democrats hoping to pick up swing states, and what it could mean for Texas. Also the Biden Administration’s plans for a border reopening. Angela Kocherga […]

    Texas Standard: October 12, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 50:38

    No Texan may be compelled to get vaccinated against COVID-19, so says the Governor in a sweeping new order. We’ll have more on the Texas governor’s executive order on vaccinations, a direct challenge to President Biden’s push for employer mandates. Also, how random are Texas jury pools? Investigators are looking into the process in Brazoria […]

    Texas Standard: October 11, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 50:36

    The 5th circuit court of appeals lifts a lower court stay on Texas new abortion law. What comes next? Doctors who performed abortions in the state during a court-ordered stay on the new Texas abortion law could be subject to lawsuits. We’ll have the latest. Also could the Woodlands become Texas’ newest city? Why the […]

    Texas Standard: October 8, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 50:56

    A bill to prohibit transgender public school athletes from playing on sports teams that align with their gender identity moves closer to passage in the house, we’ll have details. Other stories were tracking on this Friday, the deadliest month yet for COVID-19 among workers at Texas prisons. Lauren McGaughey of the Dallas Morning News tells […]

    Texas Standard: October 7, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 50:49

    A federal judge blocks Texas’ near total abortion ban, for now. The state has appealed, leaving abortion providers and patients in limbo. We’ll have the latest. Other stories we’re tracking: Governor Greg Abbott is joined at the border by 9 other republican governors, backed by an array of military vehicles and accusing the President of […]

    Texas Standard: October 6, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 50:55

    Bills to raise criminal penalties for illegal voting and allow for audits of the 2020 election. Who and what’s behind them? Other stories we’re tracking: after mass deportations of mostly Haitian migrants in Del Rio, reports emerge of 11,000 to 12,000 more Haitian migrants hoping to pass thru to the U.S. border, but stuck in […]

    Texas Standard: October 5, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 50:54

    Two Black members of congress give testimony at the state capitol. At stake: political maps that would break up communities of color. We’ll have the latest on the fight over representation and redistricting in Texas. Also, it started as a petition to force the hiring of more police officers. Now, why a local proposition could […]

    Texas Standard: October 4, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 50:43

    Demands for the ousting of a non-partisan county elections official for failing to be sufficiently Republican? Donald Trump took Hood County by 81%, but local Republicans want the election official there fired. We’ll hear why some think this could be a microcosm of Texas politics at the moment. Also with so much growth among Latinos […]

    Texas Standard: October 1, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 50:43

    Redistricting in a new era: there was a time when Texas lawmakers had to clear new political maps with the federal government. We’ll look at the redistricting process in Texas without the full force of the voting rights act. Plus, concocting a crisis. We’ll learn more about how media and law enforcement shape perception and […]

    Texas Standard: September 30, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 50:35

    In 2018, he came within fewer than 5 points of picking off Dan Patrick in the race for Lt. Governor. Today, he talks about giving it another go. Our conversation with Democrat Mike Collier, and how he hopes to distinguish himself as a candidate following yesterday’s big announcement from another democratic contender for Texas’ number […]

    Texas Standard: September 29, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 50:31


    Lt. Governor Dan Patrick faces a new challenger from a former George W. Bush aide, running as a democrat. Matthew Dowd may be best known in recent years as a TV news analyst, but now he’s entering the race for Texas Lt. Governor. Though there’s still no democrat at the top of the ticket. We’ll […]


    Texas Standard: September 28, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 50:49

    People of color accounted for 95% of Texas population boom in the last decade. What does this mean for political maps? Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune helps us read between the boundary lines. Also hurricane season doesn’t end til November 30th, but is it already over for Texas? A team of Texas meteorologists with […]

    Texas Standard: September 27, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 50:48

    A full forensic audit of the November vote in Harris, Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties… but why? And why these four counties? The election audit was announced hours after a letter to the Governor from former President Trump. We’ll have the latest. Also, allegations of graft against Houston’s mayor results in the sacking of the […]

    Texas Standard: September 24, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 50:44

    Deportations from Del Rio Texas are the focal point in one of the highest profile diplomatic resignations in modern memory. We’ll have more on a scathing departing salvo from the president’s special envoy to Haiti, lambasting the Biden administration’s handling of a migration crisis at the border. Also, November 2020 election results from four Texas […]

    Texas Standard: September 23, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 50:25

    It’s been a long haul for Texans struggling with the pandemic, but for some it may be an even longer haul. We’ll look at what Texas doctors are doing to help. Other stories were following, climate change: now called the number one cause of weather related death in the country. But not all communities are […]

    Texas Standard: September 22, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 50:32

    In what could be a test of SB8, Texas’ new abortion law, at least two private persons have filed suit over an abortion, invoking one of the most controversial provisions of SB8. We’ll hear more. Also, one of the biggest players in the energy industry sells off all its holdings in the Permian Basin. What […]

    Texas Standard: September 21, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 50:58

    Hundreds more federal agents are sent to south Texas as the Biden administration steps up deportations of most Haitian migrants. After promises for sweeping changes in immigration policy, the Biden administration facing heat from immigration advocates and even some democrats over its handling of a humanitarian crisis at the border. We’ll hear more. Also the […]

    Texas Standard: September 20, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 50:46

    A rough and tumble year in Texas politics is set to get even tougher as Texas lawmakers gather today to redraw the states political maps. As redistricting takes center stage again in Texas, a major change in how those maps will be redrawn has many worried communities of color and interest stand to lose their […]

    Texas Standard: September 17, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 51:39

    It is being described as a new humanitarian challenge- reporters say 10,000 migrants or more massed under a bridge in Del Rio. Details today on the Texas Standard. A new crisis at the border, as local and federal officials appear overwhelmed by the masses in need, most apparently fleeing conditions in Haiti. We’ll have more […]

    Texas Standard: September 16, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 50:48

    The walkout of Texas democrats this summer couldn’t stop new voting restrictions from becoming law, but that’s not the final word on the matter. Details today on the Texas Standard. We’ll have more on a federal bill taking aim at voting restrictions like those in Texas. One that, if passed, could have big implications for […]

    Texas Standard: September 15, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 50:43

    Mask mandates, Mask directives and the 9 lawsuits against school districts coming from the Texas Attorney General’s Office. We’ll look at the latest. Also there are no easy answers for Foster care in Texas. The state continues facing challenges. And the heart breaking reality of a rising number of young kids who struggle with suicidal […]

    Texas Standard: September 14, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 50:34

    We’ll bring you the latest on tropical storm Nicholas. Also, a carefully crafted letter from Bell county officials to their community. We’ll listen to their heart-wrenching message. And sometimes it’s hard to understand what the FCC does, but this time it’s straightforward. It’s setting aside money for people who need better internet access. We’ll also […]

    Texas Standard: September 13, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 50:44

    Making good on a threat: Texas is suing over school mask mandates. We’ll take a look at what we know about a lawsuit against six Texas school districts. Also tropical storm Nicholas is headed towards the Texas Gulf Coast. We’ll discuss what the state and coastal cities are doing now and the implications as oil […]

    Texas Standard: September 10, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 50:39

    The US attorney general says the Texas abortion law is one “all Americans should fear” in announcing a legal challenge to new abortion restrictions in Texas. We’ll hear about the justice departments plans. Plus officials hesitant to issue sweeping vaccine mandates out of fears of being sued may have it all wrong. So says a […]

    Texas Standard: September 9, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 50:41

    The U.S. Supreme Court intervenes to stay a Texas execution over the role of spiritual advisors in the execution chamber. We’ll have details. Also, do laws restricting abortion access lead to cycles of poverty? A groundbreaking long term study says yes, amid a national conversation over Texas’ new abortion law. And Freedom calling? Or more […]

    Texas Standard: September 8, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 50:31

    The date’s been set: September 20th. And so has the agenda, if the Governor has his way. What’s in store for a third special session? We’ll have details. Also, new lawsuits take aim at Texas’ new election laws. And as the U.S. goes, so goes Mexico? Quite the contrary, as Mexico’s Supreme Court, in a […]

    Texas Standard: September 7, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 50:26

    The U.S. Justice Department pledging to explore ways to challenge Texas’ abortion law. But many questions as to how. We’ll take a closer look. Also, more than 57.000 Texans killed by COVID-19 so far. With new variants popping up, is this a pandemic or endemic? A Texas virus expert on whether and how the fight […]

    Texas Standard: September 6, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 50:36

    Texas 2nd special session of the year is over. And a new opinion poll suggests the result is not a necessarily good look for Governor Abbott. If critics were correct that the Governor’s legislative agenda was an effort to win over Texans prior to his reelection campaign, it hasn’t quite worked out as a net […]

    Texas Standard: September 3, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 50:42

    An early end to the special session at the capitol but the work far from over. Next up redrawing the political maps of Texas. As lawmakers gavel out a second special session, where do we stand and what comes next? A closer look with the editor of the quorum report. Also the search for a […]

    Texas Standard: September 2, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 50:37

    The supreme court breaks its silence, refusing to block Texas’ new abortion law, which is one of the most restrictive measures in the nation. We’ll have the latest. Other stories we’re tracking: a legal challenge to Texas redistricting as two state senators members claim maps can’t be drawn in a special session, asking a judge […]

    Texas Standard: September 1, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 50:42

    A new abortion law takes effect in Texas. Not only does it effectively prohibit abortions after five or six weeks, it deputizes private citizens to enforce it. We’ll hear about the implications. Also a look at some of the less well known provisions taking effect as Texas law today ranging from homelessness to the Star […]

    Texas Standard: August 31, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 50:37

    The end draws near for the second special legislative session: what’s left to be done? Quite a bit, actually. From a 13th check for school retirees to funding for a border wall and more, what’s left on the agenda as lawmakers try to wrap up a contentious second legislative session. Also, new laws set to […]

    Texas Standard: August 30, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 50:51

    A U.S. Supreme court decision ends eviction bans, sending renters and relief groups in Texas scrambling for answers. We’ll have the latest. Also, 650 new laws set to take effect in Texas this week, and one’s been getting a lot of national attention. It would effectively ban abortions after about 6 weeks, and deputize ordinary […]

    Texas Standard: August 27, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 50:44

    It was the story of the summer in Texas Politics. Now proposals at the center of a legislative walkout appear set to become law. The Texas House, where a quorum was broken over Democratic opposition to a voting bill, has just passed its version of that voting bill. Was the walkout all for nought? We’ll […]

    Texas Standard: August 26, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 50:32

    Quorum restored and the special session back in action, Texas lawmakers take steps on border security including funding for a wall. Though Donald Trump’s border wall plans may have fizzled, Governor Abbott’s pressing forward with his own call for a Texas version. Bob Garrett of the Dallas Morning News with more. Also as classes return […]

    Texas Standard: August 25, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 50:37

    One of the first moves of the Biden administration was ending the so-called remain in Mexico program. But the Supreme Court says the program must remain in place for now. We’ll hear more. Also, tens of thousands of Afghans set to arrive in the U.S. Many of them to be resettled in Texas. We’ll hear […]

    Texas Standard: August 24, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 50:49

    They walked out over a voting bill. Now, as Texas House Democrats return and the session resumes, what comes next? Republicans say Senate Bill One is needed voting reform. Democrats say it further disenfranchises against marginalized Texans. But right now, that bill appears to be on the fast track again, we’ll have the latest. Also […]

    Texas Standard: August 23, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 50:47

    As more Texas students return to school more are finding confusion and chaos over mask orders. So where do we stand? We’ll have more on the confusion. Also, the start of an in depth look at some of the new laws set to take effect in Texas next month. Today, a look at restrictions aimed […]

    Texas Standard: August 20, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 50:43

    Some jaws drop at the capitol as a handful of Texas Democrats end the walkout and return a quorum to the lower chamber. Also, 70% vaccination rates, room in ICU units, and more. Is there something El Paso’s doing that the rest of the state could learn from? And claims and questions about cloth masks […]

    Texas Standard: August 19, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 50:27

    The Biden Administration recommends booster shots for many vaccinated Americans. We’ll take a look at who’ll get them first, why they’re needed and more of what we know about the latest push on the federal front to fight the spread of the Delta variant. Also, what Governor Abbott has made the center of his own […]

    Texas Standard: August 18, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 50:48

    As the Governor announces he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, his ban on mask mandates remains in place. We’ll have the latest. Also, as one school system in west Texas hits the pause button on classes as the Delta variant spreads, what about others confined to smaller spaces for hours at a time […]

    Texas Standard: August 17, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 50:37

    Here we are once again: the Texas Supreme Court and the governor are telling us one thing in regards to masks, and schools are telling us another. Some school districts believe that even with the supreme court siding with the governor they can still ask children to mask up. We’ll tell you more. And we’ve […]

    Texas Standard: August 16, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 50:46

    A self inflicted wound? A former Ambassador to Afghanistan on the fall of Kabul and the end of what’s been called the longest war. Also, a tough year for the Texas governor. But going into an election year, many political writers say he seems unstoppable. We’ll talk with a top writer at Politico. And the […]

    Texas Standard: August 13, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 50:49

    Texas by the numbers: new census details for the Lone Star State kick off a new round of redistricting with major political implications. 5 of the 10 fast growing municipalities in the country are in Texas, according to the new census numbers, and Texas stands to pick up two more seats in Washington as a […]

    Texas Standard: July 12, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 50:37

    As some Texas Democratic lawmakers make their way back to Texas are there signs that the special session quorum break may be breaking up? How much longer can Texas democrats hold out? Also what some are calling a constitutional crisis looming over the budget. And with the rapid spread of the Delta Covid variant and […]

    Texas Standard: August 11, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 50:37

    ICU bed capacity is slim to none in most parts of the state. What that means on a practical level and why adding more beds isn’t really the solution. And as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the state, the messages about the protection of getting vaccinated and wearing masks continue. But do we need […]

    Texas Standard: August 10, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 50:41

    As the Delta variant continues to infect Texans and strain hospitals, more schools are defying the Governor’s orders and mandating masks. The Austin Independent School District joins Dallas and likely Houston in mandating masks. We’ll talk to AISD’s Superintendent about how the district came to this decision and what challenges may lie ahead. We’ll also […]

    Texas Standard: August 9, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 51:10

    With the Delta COVID variant spreading and a gubernatorial mask mandate in place what are local officials to do? Some say mandate masks anyway. More today on the Texas Standard. A battle over mask mandates and why the issue could end up in court. Also, what parents are thinking about a return to school. Vaccine […]

    Texas Standard: August 6, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 50:50

    As the Delta COVID variant spreads rapidly nationwide, what’s the big picture looking like for Texas? A new model provides some answers. That and more today on the Texas Standard. A spike in COVID cases or something more? Researchers at the University of Texas have a better idea of the Delta variant’s trajectory- and we’ll […]

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