Texas Standard For February 16, 2021

Emergency efforts at restoring power continue across Texas as millions try to make do without electricity during an historic winter storm. The whole state of Texas affected by power outages, but not equally. Questions mount over the state’s electricity grid management, as much of Texas hunkers down for a second round of frozen precipitation and low-digit temperatures – we’ll have the latest. And: Understanding the latest controversy over the national anthem at sports events. Also: Voices of hope, faith and endurance in danger of being lost to history – an effort to rescue priceless Black gospel recordings. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardFebruary 16, 2021 9:33 am

ERCOT Power Production And Outages

With more wintry weather on the way, we’re still trying to better understand the factors that led to over 2 million households in Texas losing power this week. To help us get some answers we bring in Joshua Rhodes – he’s a research associate at the Webber Energy Group at the University of Texas at Austin.

Power Outage In Juarez

The winter storm that’s wreaking havoc in Texas is also causing problems on the other side of our southern border. As KERA’s Mallory Falk reports, the cold snap led to power outages throughout Northern Mexico Monday, including a blackout across most of El Paso’s sister city, Ciudad Juarez.

Group 1C Vaccinations

When it comes to who gets the COVID-19 vaccine first, the state of Texas has given priority to health care workers, people over 65 and others with certain medical conditions. But what about “essential workers” who are at high risk of exposure? And why are dentists not healthcare workers? Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst tries to sort through the confusion of vaccine priority.

The History Of The National Anthem And Sporting Events

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made quite a stir when he confirmed last week that the team hadn’t been playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before home games. But how did the national anthem become such a staple of the American sports scene? We’ll get some answers from Sheryl Kaskowitz, who researches and writes about American music.

Vaccine Tracker Story No. 2

Texans talk about their vaccine appointment experiences across the state.

The Sounds Of Texas: Johanan Ramirez, Ultra-Marathon Runner

Baylor Archive Of Black Gospel Music

Gospel music provides spiritual comfort and inspiration. It’s powered civil rights protests from Selma to Black Lives Matter. But a lot of older Black gospel recordings are disappearing. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports there’s an archive in Waco dedicated to rescuing them.

Most Of Galveston Without Power 

The city of Galveston has reported that 95% of the island is without power. Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell talks to the Standard.

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

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