Texas Standard

News & Politics Podcasts

Coverage of politics, lifestyle, environment, technology, innovation and money matters from a uniquely Texas perspective.

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United States

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Coverage of politics, lifestyle, environment, technology, innovation and money matters from a uniquely Texas perspective.

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English


Episodes

What do Texans think about expanding legal gambling?

1/30/2023
As Texas senators hold hearings on a new budget, they may get an earful from everyday Texans. Sergio Martínez-Beltrán of the Texas Newsroom shares his look at the week ahead in the Texas Legislature, and how you can weigh in on the budget. Reducing property taxes is likely to be a big part of the […]

Duration:00:51:42

What Texas’ school safety inspections found

1/27/2023
A test of Texas public schools against potential intruders shows a 95% pass rate. But what about that other 5%? Megan Mangrum of the Dallas Morning News with more on the findings from inspections ordered by the governor after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary. LBJ, Robert Caro, and a new documentary on the challenges […]

Duration:00:51:25

Plan to prevent the next blackout heads to the Legislature

1/26/2023
Historic job growth, but how sustainable? Economist Ray Perryman weighs in on the latest numbers. As lawmakers prepare for bruising legislative battles ahead, one thing some Texas Republicans and Democrats agree on? Dislike of a new proposal to prevent future statewide power grid blackouts. Watch your wallets online: our go-to tech expert Omar Gallaga with […]

Duration:00:51:26

In Texas, you can be forced to sell your condo

1/25/2023
Eight months after the school shooting in Uvalde, Democratic state Sen. Roland Gutierrez announces a package of gun safety reforms. Will Texas Republicans take it up? A decades-old Texas is law forcing some condo owners to leave their homes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first lab-grown meat product for human consumption. […]

Duration:00:49:26

This Texas label makes records the old-school way

1/24/2023
Texas’ law against censoring political speech on social media is not in force for now, but that could change. Also: Truckers like to say they keep America rolling, but more are leaving the profession than ever – and it could have major ripple effects for everyone. Plus: A generation gap in high-tech, and a major […]

Duration:00:49:26

New invasive species sighted in Southeast Texas nature preserve

1/23/2023
The Supreme Court of the United States issues its first orders and opinions of the new year. UT Legal scholar Steven Vladek on the impact and what to watch for today. Other stories we’re tracking: the week ahead at the Texas lege: Sergio Martinez-Beltrán of the Texas newsroom on attention turning to teachers and the […]

Duration:00:49:26

What’s happening at the Cutoff in East Texas?

1/20/2023
As cities grow, so do tensions between state and local officials over policy direction. A bipartisan coalition of 18 big city mayors team up to press state officials over top priorities. What they’re planning and more in our conversation with the mayor of Fort Worth. Also, how transgender youth and their families are gearing up […]

Duration:00:49:22

How a ban on TikTok at UT-Austin affects journalists and other students

1/19/2023
The Texas House and Senate release their spending roadmaps for the session, leaving tens of billions on the table unspent. It may be an understatement to say the state is awash in cash. Both chambers are now proposing unprecedented outlays. Bob Garret of the Dallas Morning News joins us to help with the numbers. Also […]

Duration:00:49:26

What is a ‘constitutional sheriff’?

1/18/2023
Inauguration ceremonies at the capitol lift the curtain and set the stage as the 88th legislature gets underway in earnest. We’ll have more on the inauguration of the Governor and the Lt. Governor. Also a prison hunger strike and allegations of retaliation. And the constitutional sheriffs movement and why advocates of police reform are concerned […]

Duration:00:49:26

New NSA recruitment effort underway in San Antonio

1/17/2023
Sticker shock at the grocery store. We’ll explore whether and how pandemic disruptions continue to affect the food supply chain. Also the race-motivated mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart in 2019 ruptured a community and captured the world’s attention. But the prosecution of the shooter has languished. What’s happening now? We’ll explore. And Russia’s […]

Duration:00:49:29

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr.

1/16/2023
Texas marks MLK day with parades, celebrations and reflections on the life and the impact of a giant in the civil rights movement. Coming up, civil rights scholar, teacher and author Peniel Joseph with reflections on what the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have thought of today’s political and social landscape. Also with […]

Duration:00:49:26

Native Austinite Gabriel Luna on ‘The Last of Us’

1/13/2023
One year after an attack on a synagogue in north Texas: an appeal to fellow Texans to step up the fight against antisemitism. We’ll have details. Other stories we’re tracking: with a record surplus, a legislative wishlist from leaders of higher ed in Texas. And which comes first, chicken or eggs? Inflation forcing some tough […]

Duration:00:49:29

A giant tourism investment is coming to North Texas

1/12/2023
A big announcement that could add up to a major boost for tourism and the economy of North Texas. Underscoring the explosion of population and business growth in the Lone Star State, the announcement of plans to build a Universal Theme Park in Frisco is generating excitement in some quarters and concerns in others. We’ll […]

Duration:00:49:28

New group wants Railroad Commission of Texas to change its name

1/11/2023
As lawmakers reconvene, prisoners statewide mount a hunger strike to protest state policies on solitary confinement. We’ll have the latest. Also a little noticed ruling by a federal judge in Texas that could have sweeping implications for Title Ten: the only federal program aimed as providing family planning services regardless of age, income or immigration […]

Duration:00:49:29

Here’s what Texas teachers want to see this legislative session

1/10/2023
Texas joins California as the only other state with 30 million residents. With massive growth in Texas, is there such a thing as too big? We take a closer look at the implications of population growth. Also the Texas Legislature reconvenes today with a record breaking surplus. What Texas’ biggest teachers group is asking for. […]

Duration:00:49:29

The most powerful Republican in Texas may not even live here

1/9/2023
With new immigration rules and promises in increase enforcement, Joe Biden makes his first visit to the border as president. Angela Kocherga of KTEP joins us with more on president Biden’s visit to El Paso and the proposals he’s making to slow the numbers of migrants entering the U.S. without documentation. Also, as lawmakers in […]

Duration:00:49:28

The rock stars and unsung heroes of Texas guitar playing

1/6/2023
2 years after the insurrection on Capitol Hill the implications of the event and its aftermath for Texas and Texans. We’ll have more. Also on this January 6th, a look at concerns about extremism among some who previously served their country in the military. And order in the court? Despite discrepancies in representation between men […]

Duration:00:49:29

El Paso scraps plans for multimillion dollar arena

1/5/2023
Another day, another attempt to elect a speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Fights over who should lead lawmakers aren’t limited to D.C. There have been similar surprises in Pennsylvania and Ohio. So could it also happen in Texas? Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston shares his insights. Also Bloomberg with a list […]

Duration:00:49:27

Why Texas and the U.S. need larger apartments

1/4/2023
Is there a Speaker in the House? Texas’ role in the drama over who will lead the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. No state sends more republicans to Congress than Texas, but those republicans are at loggerheads over who to pick as House speaker, and it’s brought Congress to a standstill before the […]

Duration:00:49:29

Unpacking the Southwest Airlines holiday meltdown

1/3/2023
Millions of dollars in tax incentives for renewable energy are now in limbo with a decision from the Texas Supreme Court. A flood of applications for millions of dollars in tax breaks overwhelmed the system before a New Years deadline. We look at what happens to all those unprocessed applications now that the state Supreme […]

Duration:00:49:28