Texas Standard for Dec. 29, 2022: Our favorite stories of the year

We’re taking a look back at 2022 with some top picks from the Texas Standard staff.

By Texas StandardDecember 29, 2022 9:00 am,

The Texas Standard staff turns out hundreds of segments a year. Here are some of our favorites:

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 40 years to Richard Goodwin, who worked in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Earlier this year, hundreds of boxes of archives, letters and journals belonging to both Goodwins were acquired by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT-Austin. Doris Kearns Goodwin joins the Standard in April to share more.

Are you a Cat Daddy?

The feature documentary “Cat Daddies debuted in Dallas in October and is now available for preorder on streaming. The Standard caught up with director and Texas native Mye Hoang to learn about cats, the men who love them and a lot more.

The Fort Worth Zoo is helping this Texas toad get lucky — and it just might save the species

Scientists at the Fort Worth Zoo are trying to give the Texas native Houston toad – on the endangered species list since 1970 – a fighting chance at survival by playing matchmaker. Miguel Perez of KERA explains.

Here’s how you can help discover new galaxies

Our map of the universe is changing, due to newly discovered distant galaxies. In fact, there’s so much anticipated change to our map of the universe that scientists can’t do it alone. Enlisting amateur astronomers is the goal of the UT-Austin “Dark Energy Explorers” program. Astronomy professor Karl Gebhardt shed some light on the project earlier this month.

The complicated legacy of César Chávez

César Chávez has become an important figure to organized labor, and his life story has become pivotal to understanding Hispanic heritage in America. At the same time, though, Chávez held extreme views on immigration. The Texas Standard’s Sean Saldana took a look at Chávez’s complicated legacy.

A stranger leaves gifts at Sam Houston’s grave every year. We actually caught up with him.

March 2 not only marks Texas Independence Day, but the birthday of Sam Houston. As the top-ranking general of the Texas Revolutionary Army and the republic’s first president, Houston’s one of the state’s founding fathers. In Huntsville, where Houston is buried, his birthday is marked by a mysterious tradition. The Texas Standard’s Michael Marks has more.

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