Texas Standard for January 6, 2022

Texans reflect on the anniversary of an event that many fear has called into question the future of American democracy itself. On the one-year anniversary of the Capitol insurrection, President Biden warns of the ongoing dangers to our democracy. Today, a conversation with Representative Colin Allred of Dallas who was on the floor of the House that day and says the threat, rather than fading into history, remains. And: A reckoning for the role of Texans in that attack of January 6, 2021. Also: The Texas primaries as an acid test for Trump and the Republicans. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardJanuary 6, 2022 9:30 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, January 6, 2022.

Rep. Colin Allred on Jan. 6

It’s the one-year anniversary of the deadly Capitol Building riot by Trump supporters seeking to interfere with certification of the presidential election. We’re joined by Rep. Collin Allred, D- Dallas, who will share his recollection of that day and discuss its significance.

Texas had the second most arrests at the Capitol insurrection

Just over 700 people have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol last year. While thousands traveled from 45 states to Washington D.C. rally on that day, Texas has the dubious distinction of being home to the second highest number of people arrested for their part in the attempt to overthrow a democratic election. Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive has more.

How Lubbock is handling COVID

Cases of the highly contagious omicron variant are skyrocketing. While it’s disrupting everything from travel to education, Texas Tech Public Media’s Kaysie Ellingson reports the healthcare industry is facing dire staffing struggles.

New year, new tech at CES

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is back in Las Vegas this week, after going virtual in 2021. High-profile exhibitors like Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Texas-based AT&T aren’t in attendance, due to ongoing COVID-19 risks. But lots of companies are showing off their new gadgets – from giant TVs to smart dog collars. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga has been watching the CES happenings, and he’s here to fill us in.

How Houston shaped this ethnomusicologist’s work

For one Houstonian, a vinyl record isn’t just a record: it’s escapism, history and a connection to his city and country. As part of NPR’s Next Generation Radio project, ethnomusicologist Jason Woods told Fabiana Chaparro his life mission is to document the unknown corners of Houston’s music scene.

A state park in Central Texas may soon become a private development

Fairfield Lake State Park, about an hour and a half southeast of Dallas, has plenty to offer: fishing, picnicking, hiking, biking and camping overnight. But all those activities may soon be closed to the public. Texas Public Radio’s Dominic Anthony Walsh tells us why,

Test of Trump’s midterm influence begins in Texas

It’s still two months away, but Texas is the first state to hold a primary in the 2022 midterms. Jonathan Bernstein, writer for Bloomberg Opinion, recently tackled the subject in a column titled “Texas Republican Primaries Begin a Test of Trump’s Influence.” He joins us today.

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

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