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.
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.
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.
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.
Texans talk about their vaccine appointment experiences across the state.
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.
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.