Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, January 22, 2021.
From the start, the COVID-19 vaccine distribution across the state has been a disorganized endeavour. Two journalists, reporter Nic Garcia with The Dallas Morning News and Michael Rodriguez, editor of the McAllen Monitor in the Rio Grande Valley, talk to the Standard about the vaccination supply and distribution efforts in their regions.
President Joe Biden has promised a more fair and humane immigration system. That’s in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies that resulted in a record number of people being detained while trying to enter the United States. And as Houston Public Media’s Elizabeth Trovall reports, the Biden administration is inheriting an immigrant detention system that’s been criticized for its inhumane treatment.
Among President Biden’s early executive actions was rescinding the so-called Muslim travel ban. As KERA’s Stella Chavez reports, the ban affected several Muslim-majority and African countries.
The presidential inauguration this week featured musical performances from the likes of Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Garth Brooks. When it came to the fancy inaugural balls –though the celebrations looked a lot different – there were plenty to be had online…and they continued well into the evening. That’s when Texas’ own Black Pumas had just a few minutes to shine. It’s hardly the first time the Grammy nominated “psychedelic soul” band has been in the national spotlight. Eric Burton, frontman for the Black Pumas, talks to the Standard.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Michael Marks with the talk of Texas.