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Texas Standard: September 22, 2017

After Trump, after a special session, after Harvey—where does Texas go from here? From the biggest annual political event in the Lone Star State, this is the Texas Standard. With the federal government in the hands of republicans, what kind of mark is Texas making on American politics right now? This is the place to ask such questions: tonight's the kickoff of the Texas Tribune festival–a weekend in the Texas capitol city devoted to all things Lone Star politics. From what to do about interminable commutes to the role of Texas cities in climate change —and we assume, of course you can name the governor? We'll try a little "on the street" test. We've got miles and miles to cover, we're at Tribfest today on the Standard.

Texas Standard: September 21, 2017

Two major earthquakes south of the border in the course of two weeks. Should Texans be worried about our tectonic ties to Mexico? We'll explore. Also, a new battlefront in the debate over just how separate church and state are in the US, and Texas' Harvey experience is a big part of that discussion, we'll hear why. Plus the head honcho of the Texas house, Joe Straus has filed for reelection, but a veteran political watcher says the speaker of the house may not return as many think. We'll hear why and what speaker Straus is and is not saying about the matter. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: September 20, 2017

7.1 on the Richter Scale: a deadly earthquake in central Mexico on the anniversary of a historic temblor. We'll take you to Mexico city this hour. Also, the military plane is designated for TX and it could be a shot in the arm for you know where, we'll have the story. Plus Ken Paxton says president Obama tried to confer citizenship status on daca recipients: Politifact Texas looks into that claim. And they say that news is the first draft of history. Now comes an important second draft you might say, with an exploration of a Texas reshaped by Harvey. Our conversation with the editor in chief of Texas monthly. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: September 19, 2017

Looking for bipartisanship? Look in the direction of the Pentagon. Lawmakers take a big step toward a massive boost for the US military, we'll have the latest. Also, President Trump makes his first foray into the UN club he once made fun of. What's his message, and what does it tell us about the relevance of the United Nations? And quick: name the last president who really delivered on his campaign promises. A Texas scholar says modern presidents are doomed to failure because of what the office has become, we'll explore. Those stories and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: September 18, 2017

According to the US census bureau the American middle class is back, but what about in Texas? We'll have a check in across the lone star state. Also: SB4, the wall, a boost in deportations. Taken together, is this having an impact on health? And the offer for aid that that some Harvey victims regret having taken. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: September 15, 2017

The risk to lives now reduced if not completely eliminated as we enter the next phase post Harvey. Did pre-storm preparations pay off? We'll explore. Also after 81 years: a crane removed a giant monument to confederate general Robert E Lee from a Dallas park. And today: word that no less senior an official than governor Abbott himself will meet to discuss the fate of other confederate memorials, namely those on the capitol grounds. A turning point? We'll have the latest. Those stories and lots more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: September 14, 2017

What just happened between the Democrats and Donald Trump? Both less and more than meets the eye. Has the president reached a deal with democrats to save DACA and stop the wall? The idea alone, improbable as it may sound, creating ripples across the political landscape and raising eyebrows among Texas republicans. Also joining us on the line, a Texas lineman in Florida with a perspective on the Irma aftermath. And A Harvey delay for statewide student testing? Not gonna happen, says the states top education official. We'll hear the reasoning. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: September 13, 2017

Those Texas political maps ruled as drafted with discriminatory intent? The supreme court says they're staying for now, we'll have the latest. Plus, something weird happening in Waco? A certain disorder in the court as the first trials get underway in the so-called twin peaks biker shootout story, we'll explore. And in El Paso the demolition of historic buildings despite a court order. We'll hear about why, and the protests over the changing character of a downtown. And if the business is fighting deadly pathogens, in Texas business is very good. We'll hear why. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: September 11, 2017

Hurricane directly affected roughly one in three in Texas, but for kids in the state's troubled foster care system, special concerns, we'll have the story. Also- Houston and its environs are especially car dependent. So what happens to what may be half a million cars flooded by Harvey? We'll find out. Plus the gasoline shortages are disappearing. How long till prices return to pre harvey levels? and why one fossil fuel was spared by the hurricane. And a new survey reveals what many have long suspected about where the big bucks go in high school salaries. We'll explore who gets em and why. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: September 8, 2017

As Irma bears down on a Harvey hit US, our neighbors to the south prepare for their own dual front disaster, we'll explore. Also, it's been more than 2 years since the waco biker shootout, and so far not a single conviction. How much did police know about the likelihood of violence that day, and why didn't they intervene? Documents obtained by the Texas Standard shed new light on those questions, and we'll talk with our investigative reporter. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

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