San Antonio uses a ratio of one taxi cab for every 1,700 people in the city to determine how many taxi licenses are issued each year, which means there are 886 taxis in the city. Now, a group of independent taxi drivers is asking for the city to remove that cap.
The filing deadline has come and gone for Texas political candidates who are running in the 2018 mid-terms. On this episode of "Texas Matters," we'll look at the re-election bids of Gov. Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz with KERA's Christopher Connelly (0:41); allegations of sexual harassment by Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold (1:49); the 2018 midterms with Harvey Kronberg, founding editor of the Quorum Report (3:00); the return of tourism along the Texas coast (16:46); and a commentary...
Three gangly white birds are prodding the marsh with their long beaks at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. And on this Sunday morning, they have an audience. Peering through the rapid shutter snaps of zoom lenses, a flock of bird watchers are enjoying a rare whooping crane performance.
Amy Johnson loves old things, a lot. When one of our storytellers went to the hospital, we were left one short. Amy Rose to the occasion. Listen to astory of her fascinations with the faded, her absorption with the ancient. Read more of her musings on her website .
Branden Hart is a San Antonio writer. He has obsessive compulsive disorder which he describes as a "really lame superpower." He has a keen ability to pack for trips, and can worry until he makes himself sick. The small-town Texan recounted the story of moving to San Antonio and how a stoner college roommate and the toilet seat museum helped him figure out just who he was and how to deal with that. You can follow him on twitter @brandenhart.
Nathan Cone is the face, brains and voice behind a number of TPR events and programs. He records and produces "Live From Jazz, Texas," "The San Antonio Symphony broadcasts," and the TPR Cinema Series. His story is about how a shared obsession of music with a friend helped define a relationship and how that doesn't change just because one person is gone.
Collin McGrath has a very specific obsession. An obsession that so many men around his age have they even have their own name, The Bronies. Bronies are men fascinated with the show "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic." The Trinity University Junior found himself unexpectedly watching the show with his younger sister one day and connected with its theme of friendship. Collin was struggling at the time with figuring out where his place was in college.
Georgia Erck is a San Antonio writer. Her story, like all great stories, is about family. Georgia was obsessed with not becoming her parents: one an agoraphobic that worried the house would explode, the other never found a microphone he didn't speak into. Fortunately for us, she failed to avoid becoming a little bit of both of them. She didn't appreciate this fact until they were gone.
It isn't that Bernadette Smith's mom didn't love her and her 8 brothers and sisters, it's just that her cavalier, some might argue distant attitude flies in the face of how we think of mothers. Bernadette assures us it isn't just the fact that she grew up in Ireland, her mother was something of a standout even there. While it may have been tough on Bernie, it is great fun for an audience.
Florinda Flores-Brown is a writer and educator from Laredo. Florinda attended UT Austin, which is where this angsty and hilarious story of lust and obsession took place. The unattainable object of young Florinda's affections flipped the script, but she never knew due to what she called "an ESL moment."
This week on Fronteras: Rural West Texans scramble to try to find affordable health care. Border Patrol finds Guatemalans freezing at border (4:54). The Los Angeles Times uncovers corruption in Mexico’s housing developments (5:47). At a border reunion, a 14-year old boy gets an endearing birthday present (15:46).
This past spring, commanders at the Army health system's flagship Brooke Army Medical Center shut down operating rooms and curtailed elective surgeries due to a shortage of sterile equipment. They've since taken steps to fix the problem.
Many drought-stricken Texas cities have long searched for alternative sources of water, including asking neighboring states for help. Now Louisiana has approved a measure to begin studying that very idea.
As students at The University of Texas at San Antonio cram for finals week, Taylor Eighmy is preparing for a test of his own: the launch of a major initiative to expand the university’s downtown campus
Shawnta Swindell didn't want to miss the United Services Automobile Association's annual Innovation Day. Her employer hosts these daylong celebrations of employee-driven innovation projects at all their financial service centers. But Tuesday’s event at USAA’s San Antonio headquarters was a problem for Swindell because the research and development employee works remotely, so from New York City she broke out her robot here.
The first thing you notice about Interstate 35 at South Zaramora is the incessant din of traffic. This is a place designed only for cars and trucks. No trees, no sidewalks, nothing on the human scale. But now a twisted, vaguely tepee-shaped piece of art has added a very human touch.