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The life works of Ricardo Moreno Beasley have been collected by author, professor and historian Andrés Tijerina in the n...
11/29/2022
A vaquero’s life and sometimes last moments, chronicled in new book of art, prose and poetry

The life works of Ricardo Moreno Beasley have been collected by author, professor and historian Andrés Tijerina in the new book “Beasley’s Vaqueros: The Memoirs, Art, and Poems of Ricardo M. Beasley.” https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/andres-tijerina-book-ricardo-beasley-vaquero-art-poetry/

Ricardo M. Beasley, a vaquero himself during the mid-20th century, captured moments on the ranch that would have otherwise been lost to time, and author Andrés Tijerina has collected them in a new book.

A new survey from the American Psychological Association shows that the demand for mental health services has continued ...
11/28/2022
What’s driving the increased demand for mental health care in Texas?

A new survey from the American Psychological Association shows that the demand for mental health services has continued to climb since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with patients seeking treatment for anxiety, depression and substance abuse. Young people and people of color are driving the demand, with the national trend reflected in Texas, as well.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/whats-driving-the-increased-demand-for-mental-health-care-in-texas/

Demand for mental health services has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 pandemic began. What’s driving the increased demand, and how can psychologists meet it?

The U.S. Men’s National Team faces a win-or-go-home game on Tuesday against Iran – a matchup mired in some recent contro...
11/28/2022
What’s next for the U.S. in an unpredictable World Cup

The U.S. Men’s National Team faces a win-or-go-home game on Tuesday against Iran – a matchup mired in some recent controversy that has caused the Iranians to call for the U.S. team to be expelled. It's just one of the latest developments in a World Cup tournament that has seen some surprising turns through the first eight days of competition.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/whats-next-for-the-u-s-in-an-unpredictable-world-cup/

The Americans can still advance in a tournament that’s been filled with upsets so far.

Houston city officials hope to lift the boil notice, issued after a pressure failure at the plant, later Monday or early...
11/28/2022
Houston issues boil water notice after pressure failure at plant | Houston Public Media

Houston city officials hope to lift the boil notice, issued after a pressure failure at the plant, later Monday or early Tuesday. The Houston Public Works water system serves an estimated 2.2 million people.

https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/houston/2022/11/27/438138/houston-issues-boil-water-notice-after-pressure-failure-at-plant/

Officials said a power outage at the East Water Purification Plant on Sunday morning was the cause of the problem.

Intergenerational trauma is a family’s inheritance of cultural dislocation and lost children. Dallas Native American art...
11/28/2022
Abusive boarding schools are also part of Native American heritage

Intergenerational trauma is a family’s inheritance of cultural dislocation and lost children. Dallas Native American artist, Dora Brought Plenty, was one of those children – and she has a plan for finding others.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/abusive-boarding-schools-are-also-part-of-native-american-heritage/

It's called 'intergenerational trauma,' a family's inheritance of cultural dislocation and lost children. A Dallas Native American artist was one of those children, and she has a plan for finding others.

As effects from the pandemic linger, a new survey says demand for mental health services remains high, particularly amon...
11/28/2022
Therapists say they can’t meet high demand as anxiety, depression linger

As effects from the pandemic linger, a new survey says demand for mental health services remains high, particularly among young people. On today's show, we'll speak with a clinical psychologist about strains on the system. Have you or someone you know sought care or services related to pandemic-related challenges?

The high demand for therapy is the latest sign of the country’s ongoing mental health crisis.

A novel approach to conservation aims to restore natural habitats through what’s called “rewilding” and could help ecosy...
11/25/2022
Is ‘rewilding’ the future of conservation?

A novel approach to conservation aims to restore natural habitats through what’s called “rewilding” and could help ecosystems more closely resemble their natural state. https://txst.us/3AFou9M

A new book explores how a novel approach to restoring habitats may hold promise for reducing the loss of animal and plant life.

“The town that I grew up in really was – it still is – kind of a ghost town, and it creates that feeling that just gnaws...
11/25/2022
‘It was a lot of fun because we had each other’: Musician Margo Price writes about lean times on the way up in new memoir

“The town that I grew up in really was – it still is – kind of a ghost town, and it creates that feeling that just gnaws at you. You just kind of dream about running away and getting out and just making something of yourself – doing something different.” https://txst.us/3i2AGLv

In "Maybe We’ll Make It," Price tells the story of growing up in rural Illinois to becoming a star in Nashville.

Author Kelly Stone Stone wanted to highlight the “flavors” and “feelings” of the city she calls home – like the San Marc...
11/25/2022
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Author Kelly Stone Stone wanted to highlight the “flavors” and “feelings” of the city she calls home – like the San Marcos river and its aquatic life, the city’s storied mermaids, school mascots and Texas State University. https://txst.us/3AFbst5

“Author Kelly Stone Stone wanted to highlight the “flavors” and “feelings” of the city she calls home – like the San Marcos river and its aquatic life, the city’s storied mermaids, school mascots and Texas State University. https://t.co/dyArk6p2JB”

11/25/2022

It's Black Friday, and today's show's rife with suggestions for the bookworms in your life.

What are your favorite books of 2022?

In the 1950s and '60s, teenagers in San Antonio started playing rock n' roll with with a Texas accent and the soul of Mo...
11/25/2022
Oral history project preserves San Antonio’s West Side Sound

In the 1950s and '60s, teenagers in San Antonio started playing rock n' roll with with a Texas accent and the soul of Motown. It was called the West Side Sound. More than 50 years after that scene reached its summit, people still love this music.

Thankfully, cultural historians have started a project to preserve memories of the music and the people behind it. https://txst.us/3i9ds6i

Teenagers from the city’s mostly Latino West Side emulated the doo w*p and rock-and-roll groups of the time.

"I wanted to highlight this interview," says Texas Standard producer/reporter Shelly Brisbin, "because I'm thankful to h...
11/24/2022
In ‘a conservation victory,’ 45 endangered sea turtles hatch on Texas beach, make it to the water

"I wanted to highlight this interview," says Texas Standard producer/reporter Shelly Brisbin, "because I'm thankful to hear from scientists about how much care is involved in finding and helping turtle hatchlings survive, against great odds."

Over the summer, conservationists found something surprising in the waters off Matagorda Bay: 45 Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings that made it off the sand and into the water.

It's the first time the endangered turtles have been found inside Matagorda Bay. https://txst.us/3Vr4dgt

The presence of the Kemp's ridley sea turtles on an inland beach inside Matagorda Bay is exciting for conservationists who have seen survival rates fall in the past decade.

After years of planning, the Battleship Texas took to open waters again this year, a pair of tugboats towing it from its...
11/24/2022
Battleship Texas safely arrives in Galveston for repairs

After years of planning, the Battleship Texas took to open waters again this year, a pair of tugboats towing it from its longtime resting place near Houston.

Revisit our reporting to find out why it was a story our team was thankful for this year: https://txst.us/3gpOBel

There were no major hiccups during its trip through the Houston Ship Channel.

It is a place of eternal rest, tucked away between new high-rises and homes.Now a Dallas group is determined to keep the...
11/24/2022
Advocates are fighting to save this historic north Dallas cemetery

It is a place of eternal rest, tucked away between new high-rises and homes.

Now a Dallas group is determined to keep the White Rock Cemetery Garden of Memories – a cemetery for one of Texas’ freedmen’s settlements – from being overrun by development. https://txst.us/3Vjrtga

White Rock Cemetery Garden of Memories is thought to be one of the oldest integrated cemeteries in the state.

The pandemic was challenging for many businesses, including restaurants. Many closed, or shifted to take-out.With the la...
11/24/2022
From king cake beignets to ballpark nachos, Texas Monthly counts down the state’s best new restaurant dishes

The pandemic was challenging for many businesses, including restaurants. Many closed, or shifted to take-out.

With the landscape for restaurants dramatically different, Texas Monthly took a different approach to its annual Best New Restaurants survey. https://txst.us/3iavftR

With the pandemic challenging eateries across the state, the magazine took a different approach to presenting its annual list of the top Texas restaurants.

It was supposed to be a road trip through Mexico and its cuisine. But the pandemic had other plans. Soon, chef and YouTu...
11/23/2022
‘Mi Cocina’ offers self discovery and a taste of the road less traveled in Mexican cuisine

It was supposed to be a road trip through Mexico and its cuisine. But the pandemic had other plans.

Soon, chef and YouTube host Rick Martínez found himself living in the Mexican city of Mazatlán.

His story, along with vibrant photos of the food he found while traveling the country, make up "Mi Cocina: Recipes And Rapture From My Kitchen in Mexico." https://txst.us/3VihXKg

In writing a cookbook, Rick Martinez discovered the ways in which Mexico, and its cuisine, differ from his own Texas experience.

11/23/2022

What are your holiday plans?

Wanting something outside the usual fare for when you're unwinding in front of the tube after a Thanksgiving meal? The f...
11/23/2022
What Texas’ TV insiders are watching over the holidays

Wanting something outside the usual fare for when you're unwinding in front of the tube after a Thanksgiving meal? The folks behind the ATX Television Festival have a whole host of recommendations for some holiday binging.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/what-texas-tv-insiders-are-watching-over-the-holidays/

If your holiday plans include a bit of extra time on the couch watching a screen, the folks behind the ATX Television Festival have some recommendations.

Texas leads the nation with the highest number and percentage of uninsured residents. Almost 20 percent of all Texans la...
11/22/2022
Why getting financial aid for medical bills can be difficult for low-income patients

Texas leads the nation with the highest number and percentage of uninsured residents. Almost 20 percent of all Texans lack health insurance – that’s twice the national average. For low-income patients facing high medical bills, getting approved for financial assistance can sometimes be easier said than done.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/why-getting-financial-aid-for-medical-bills-can-be-difficult-for-low-income-patients/

Though nonprofit hospitals are required to have payment assistance programs, application processes are often opaque, a Wall Street Journal investigation found.

The state of Texas is backing a Fort Worth couple challenging the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, which was passed in res...
11/22/2022
Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas-backed case against Indian Child Welfare Act

The state of Texas is backing a Fort Worth couple challenging the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, which was passed in response to the large number of Native American children who were being separated from their families and communities by public and private agencies.

Arguments from the case, Haaland v. Brackeen, were recently heard before the Supreme Court. Aside from ruling against the measure, some scholars are concerned the case could impact a tribe’s status as a political entity.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/supreme-court-hears-arguments-in-texas-backed-case-against-indian-child-welfare-act/

The 1978 measure was enacted to protect Native American children from being separated from their communities.

Dallas is increasingly focused on moving people out of encampments by finding them the right mix of housing and services...
11/22/2022
Dallas wants to move homeless people from encampments into housing. But trust is in short supply

Dallas is increasingly focused on moving people out of encampments by finding them the right mix of housing and services to keep them stably housed. It’s fueled by unprecedented federal spending, and driven by a complex, coordinated strategy involving many players in homeless services. But on the streets, it’s not clear that the strategy has done much to undo deep mistrust of the city’s intentions when it comes to tackling homelessness.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/dallas-wants-to-move-homeless-people-from-encampments-into-housing-but-trust-is-in-short-supply/

Dismantling homeless encampments is a massive undertaking, especially if the goal is to help people leave homelessness behind.

Once a year, several hundred young people and parents head to the Lila Cockrell Theatre on the San Antonio River for an ...
11/22/2022
Mariachi Extravaganza: Meet the competitors of this year’s ‘Mariachi Super Bowl’

Once a year, several hundred young people and parents head to the Lila Cockrell Theatre on the San Antonio River for an incredibly competitive music competition. It’s called the Mariachi Extravaganza and the competitive singing and playing stretches out for two long days.

Meet some of the talented competitors for the 28th edition of the contest:

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/mariachi-extravaganza-2022-san-antonio-tx-meet-the-competitors/

The 28th annual Mariachi Extravaganza attracts about a thousand young people to compete for best of show.

We're learning more about the victims of Saturday's shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, and about the heroes who sto...
11/22/2022
Colorado Springs police identify 5 people killed at LGBTQ nightclub shooting, and 2 'heroes' who stopped the gunman

We're learning more about the victims of Saturday's shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, and about the heroes who stopped it.
https://news.yahoo.com/colorado-springs-police-identify-5-people-killed-at-lgbtq-nightclub-shooting-and-2-heroes-who-stopped-the-gunman-000359752.html

Authorities in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday released the identities of the 5 people killed in a mass shooting Saturday night at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub, as well as the names of two "heroes" who stopped the gunman.

Abilene Christian University is leading an alliance with three big state universities – UT Austin, Texas A&M, and the Ge...
11/21/2022
ACU’s NExT Lab estimates to finish molten salt nuclear reactor by 2025

Abilene Christian University is leading an alliance with three big state universities – UT Austin, Texas A&M, and the Georgia Institute of Technology – to build a molten salt reactor that creates clean nuclear energy in a safer, more affordable way. https://txst.us/3EtYj75

Abilene Christian University is leading a research alliance with three other big state universities – the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and the Georgia Institute of Technology – to build a molten salt reactor that creates clean nuclear energy, but in a safer, more affordabl...

Lorenzo Luevano got his first taste of agriculture at a young age when his grandma introduced him to gardening.Now he's ...
11/21/2022
San Eli man experiments with growing food in the desert amid climate change

Lorenzo Luevano got his first taste of agriculture at a young age when his grandma introduced him to gardening.

Now he's his city's agriculture manager, teaching residents in this low-income community how to grow their own food in desert conditions. https://txst.us/3TW4Sp1

Lorenzo Luevano got his first taste of agriculture at a young age when his grandma introduced him to gardening and now serves as San Elizario's agriculture manager, teaching residents in the low-income community how to grow their own fruits and vegetables in desert conditions.

11/21/2022

What's on your mind this Monday?

Phyllis George made her commentary debut on The NFL Today in 1975, during a time when female sports broadcasters were a ...
11/19/2022
‘The right person to break that ceiling’: New biography honors legacy of sportscaster Phyllis George

Phyllis George made her commentary debut on The NFL Today in 1975, during a time when female sports broadcasters were a rarity. A new biography tells the story of the Denton native, who died in 2020, and examines her legacy in shattering glass ceilings for women in sports television everywhere.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/phyllis-george-shattering-ceiling-book-texas-broadcaster-paul-volponi-lenny-shulman/

"Phyllis George: Shattering the Ceiling" explores the life of the Texas-born broadcaster, who was among the first women to anchor national TV sports coverage.

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team didn’t qualify for the most recent FIFA World Cup, held in Russia in 2018. ...
11/19/2022
Texans to play key roles in U.S. men’s World Cup return

The United States Men’s National Soccer Team didn’t qualify for the most recent FIFA World Cup, held in Russia in 2018. But when the next edition of the tournament kicks off on Sunday in Qatar, the Americans will be there – thanks in large part to a group of Texans on the squad.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/texans-to-play-key-roles-in-u-s-mens-world-cup-return/

Several players on this year’s team have roots in the Dallas soccer scene.

After President Donald Trump denied the results of the 2020 election, election denial became a powerful right-wing narra...
11/19/2022
Brazos County’s voting head debriefs after another tough election season

After President Donald Trump denied the results of the 2020 election, election denial became a powerful right-wing narrative. Many election offices were flooded with calls, record requests and threats by folks who believed that the results were rigged.

For Trudy Hancock, the election administrator for Brazos County and president of the Texas Association of Elections Administrators, that made working the recent midterms all the more challenging.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/brazos-county-tx-election-administrator-trudy-hancock-debriefs-after-2022-elections/

Conspiracy theories and COVID made Trudy Hancock’s job more challenging, but the recent elections in Brazos County went smoothly.

The greater Houston area has been deemed a “severe” violator of federal ozone standards, meaning the state will have to ...
11/18/2022
Advocates call for creative solutions as Houston region fails to meet decade-old federal ozone standards

The greater Houston area has been deemed a “severe” violator of federal ozone standards, meaning the state will have to take steps to reduce ozone pollution in the region.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/houston-tx-ozone-pollution-violates-federal-standards/

Ozone pollution can irritate and inflame the lungs, making it harder to breathe. It’s especially harmful to people with lung diseases such as asthma.

The USO, the iconic support organization for service members and their families, has quietly been closing dozens of airp...
11/18/2022
81 years after it was founded, the USO is making changes to remain relevant to today’s troops

The USO, the iconic support organization for service members and their families, has quietly been closing dozens of airport lounges and on-base hospitality centers. But it’s also opening others, including some in the military’s most remote locations.

The 81-year-old USO is making these changes as part of a long-range strategic plan to respond to shifting needs in the digital age, as well as new deployments – including providing assistance to National Guard troops on the U.S. southern border.

https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/81-years-after-it-was-founded-the-uso-is-making-changes-to-remain-relevant-to-todays-troops/

The service organization is closing some of its centers, opening new ones, and expanding its online programs to respond to funding reductions and troops' changing needs.

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Texas A& I in the 70's established Mexican American studies. TAMUK just announced they were going to establish what had already been.
With an outbreak of canine influenza being reported in central Texas, AVMA President Dr. Lori Teller joined Texas Standard to answer questions on the minds of dog owners:
Feeding Texas CEO Celia Cole joined Texas Standard this week to discuss our network's legislative priorities for 2023.

“Texans everywhere are struggling with the rising cost of food. But for people living on a limited income, it’s become that much harder for them to stretch their dollars,” Cole said.

Lawmakers must take action to support Texans facing hunger!
I’m on Texas Standard today talking about what big numbers of layoffs at Amazon, Meta and other companies says about the state of the tech industry and recession worries
Texas has spent more than $2 million on a public safety app since 2018. How much is it used?

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A recent archaeological survey in West Texas is revealing new information on the Porvenir Massacre.

In 1918, ranchers and the Texas Rangers massacred 15 Mexican-American men and boys in a remote village on the Texas-Mexico border.

Now new findings — like military cartridge casings and bullets — suggest the U.S. Army had a larger involvement in the massacre than previously known. | via Texas Standard
A native of Pakistan, Salman Bhojani emigrated to Texas in his teens and worked his way up through various jobs. Now, the Democrat is set to represent House District 92.

From the Texas Standard:
In January 1918, there was a massacre at a small village along the border called Porvenir. The massacre was largely lost to history until the past decade, as scholars and relatives of those killed have tried to figure out what exactly happened. A recent archaeological discovery shows there is more to the story.

From the Texas Standard:
The W.F. Strong segment on today's program was disturbing. He said that all Texas had in 1850 was "citizens with grit". That's far from true: they had lots and lots of slaves, made legal by the Texas "revolution". Every time those "founding fathers" are glorified, think about the black backs they broke to create the state.
This week on Texas Standard: what the hell is "Mastodon" and why are Twitter users fleeing for it? What you need to know here:
One election story you did not cover. The last Republican on the Dallas County Commissioners Court lost his seat. There are now no elected Republicans in Dallas County government.
Mitigating climate change is by far the most important issue in the world but isn't even listed as an important issue to voters. In spite of historic droughts, wildfires, hurricanes, floods, rising sea levels and overwhelming scientific evidence, climate change isn't even a political priority. Humans and many other species are leaning over the brink of disaster and yet most Americans are still in denial! We must wake up or we and our children are all going down!
Today on Texas Standard: "Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover's ruffled some feathers, to put it mildly. He's fired half the staff, teased unpopular new fees and … keeps posting. Now, many Twitter users are looking for an alternative. Omar Gallaga talks to us about Mastodon, a Twitter alternative that is starting to attract some notable names. What is it and how close is it to old-school Twitter?"

(I'll post the audio when it's up later today)
There was a longer line to checkout at the Aldi than there was at the polls. When Texas shows it's lowest turnout in 8 years - in a critical election year - I'm so disappointed in the lack of civic involvement.

The same can be said about the line at the library so I can't say that I'm surprised.
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