It was 20 years ago this week that a flood caused 25 deaths and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. Nearly 16 inches of rain fell across the region in just five days, but much of San Antonio was spared, according to a city official.
Rockdale, Texas, was chosen as the site for what some describe as the biggest bitcoin mine in the country. A Chinese company plans on bringing 400 jobs, while investing $500 million in the mine, which is where rows of computer processors solve complex computations and are awarded digital currency. This comes after a series of booms and busts for this town of 5,600 people.
When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his re-election bid, he highlighted many of his accomplishments from his years in office. What he left out was his indictment on three felony charges. We talk to Texas Observer staff writer Michael Barajas about his case. Then, a homemade political yard sign caught the attention of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. So much so, it was seized by police (11:00). And finally, here in Texas, folks opt to observe Indigenous People’s Day...
Pete Flores, the Republican who won the seat for Senate District 19, was officially sworn into office Friday. Credit Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio Edit | Remove Pete Flores, the Republican who won the seat for Senate District 19, was officially sworn into office Friday.
In 1938, 10,000 pecan shellers in San Antonio went on strike . These were not your typical blue-collar workers. They were women; they were children; they were the elderly; and they were poor. But primarily, they were Mexican. On this episode of Fronteras, we talk to filmmaker Anne Lewis about her new documentary, “A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas)” (0:16). Then, TPR’s David Martin Davies tells us about the “secret history" of San Antonio (12:34).
Filmmaker Anne Lewis creates films that focus on social action, human rights, and environmental justice. Her new documentary, “A Strike and an Uprising (in Texas),” covers two monumental worker uprisings in the Lone Star State: the 1938 Pecan Shellers strike, and a 1987 march by Stephen F. Austin University employees in Nacogdoches.
The Go Vote No Campaign, which opposes the San Antonio Professional Firefighter’s Associations proposed city charter amendments, has released another secret recording of what it says is fire union President Chris Steele.
Heather Armstrong was in love. She was also very tall. She was also very ugly (her words). In this tale of middle school infatuation, love is a battleground and your friends aren't who you think. In the end, Heather prevails in one of the funniest stories to come to the Worth Repeating Stage. This story was recorded at Brick at Blue Star on October 2 as part of Worth Repeating 's "Suckerpunch" show.
Katie Kilpatrick's story is about how fierce you have to be to be a Mom. This tale takes us through not one, but two high-stakes births, where Katie may lose a child or herself in the process. Along the way she talks of fear, confusion, and a lot of time in the neonatal intensive care unit. This story was recorded at Brick at Blue Star on October 2 as part of Worth Repeating's "Suckerpunch" show.