Texas Standard for April 21, 2022

An expected assault in Mariupol called off by Vladimir Putin. What does that mean for what comes next? Global security expert Michael Mosser of the University of Texas breaks it down. And: The state’s largest teacher prep and recruiting program of its kind gets failing grades from state auditors, but with a massive teacher shortage, many questions about what to do. Also: Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on a major donation of archives to a top Texas center for history. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardApril 21, 2022 9:34 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, April 21, 2022.

The latest on Russia’s attack on Ukraine 

There is a lot of confusion about what is happening in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Ukranian troops and civilians remain blockaded in a steel works facility, with Russian President Vladimiir Putin opting against an all-out assault for now. Joining us for more on the latest is Michael Mosser, UT Austin professor specializing in international security.

Texas’ largest teacher support  organization isn’t making the grade 

“Want to teach? When can you start?” The popular signs along Texas highways are recruitment tools for Texas Teachers of Tomorrow, the state’s largest teacher prep program. But a recent state audit showed the program is riddled with problems and failing to meet key state standards. Emily Donaldson and a team of reporters with the Dallas Morning News’ Education Lab have a deep dive into the program’s issues. Donaldson joins us today.

Wastewater testing could help control COVID’s spread. Why isn’t it happening across America?

COVID-19 testing clinics around the country are closing, and federal funding for free clinical testing is drying up. But wastewater surveillance could step in to play a crucial role in keeping track of where the virus is and just how much is really circulating. Texas Public Radio’s Bonnie Petrie explores wastewater surveillance efforts in San Antonio.

Netflix is shedding subscribers and its stock’s taking a dive

For the first time in a decade, Netflix has lost subscribers – some 200,000 in the first quarter of 2022. The streaming service warned that it expects to lose 2 million more in the second quarter. The company’s stock fell 30% on the news. Why are times getting tough for the leading streamer?  Our tech expert Omar Gallaga has been watching developments, and he joins us now.

‘Life’s always exciting.’ A Dallas grandma starts a new chapter as a writer.

A trove of presidential research comes to Texas as UT acquires the Goodwin archives

Pulitzer-prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin has chronicled the lives of U.S. presidents for more than five decades. She was also married for more than forty years to Richard Goodwin, who worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Now, hundreds of boxes of archives, letters and journals belonging to both Goodwins have been acquired by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT-Austin. Doris Kearns Goodwin joins the Standard to share more today.

Abortion clinic on Texas-Mexico border faces unique legal and cultural challenges

A clinic in McAllen that provides abortions is farther from an out-of-state U.S. abortion provider than any other Texas clinic –  and at the same time is also the closest clinic to Mexico, where abortion was decriminalized in September. In the wake of Texas’ restrictive abortion law, its made for some steep challenges. Colleen Deguzman, health care reporter for Kaiser Health News joins us with the story.

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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