Texas Standard » Typewriter Rodeo These poems are written for and read aloud on the Texas Standard radio program. They're topical, typed on an actual typewriter and created by members of the Typewriter Rodeo.Texas Standard airs Monday through Friday on more than 20 public radio stations across Texas. Visit texasstandard.org/listen to find when it airs where you are. Texas Standard is hosted by David Brown, and infrequently by Laura Rice from KUT Radio in Austin, and Lauren Silverman from KERA Radio in Dallas.
Texas Standard » Typewriter Rodeo

Texas Standard » Typewriter Rodeo

From KUT 90.5

These poems are written for and read aloud on the Texas Standard radio program. They're topical, typed on an actual typewriter and created by members of the Typewriter Rodeo.Texas Standard airs Monday through Friday on more than 20 public radio stations across Texas. Visit texasstandard.org/listen to find when it airs where you are. Texas Standard is hosted by David Brown, and infrequently by Laura Rice from KUT Radio in Austin, and Lauren Silverman from KERA Radio in Dallas.

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