Texas Standard For September 10, 2020

The politics of policing part two: the mayor of Austin pushes back against the governor’s call to take a pledge not to defund police. Coming up our conversation with Austin Mayor Steve Adler who says characterizations of major cutbacks in the Texas capital city’s police funding amount to GOP politics as usual. We’ll hear more And: changes to the sex ed curriculum in Texas, LGBTQ students say proposals are woefully inadequate as social conservatives push an abstinence-only message. Also: The threat to a burgeoning industry, Texas wineries teaming up. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardSeptember 10, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Thursday, September 10, 2020. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard. We’ll have full posts for each story, including audio, a little later today.

Police Funding in Austin

Austin Mayor Steve Adler talks to the Standard about Gov. Greg Abbott’s threat to have the Texas Department of Public Safety take over the Austin Police Department if the city’s police budget is reduced. See our interview earlier this week with Terry Keel, architect of the plan. 


LGBTQ Issues and Texas Sex Education

Texas’ mostly Republican State Board of Education is revising the state’s sex education curriculum for the first time in 20 years. Despite pleas from LGBTQ advocates and educators, the board’s proposal this week shows no sign of addressing LGBTQ issues. The Standard talks to Texas Tribune reporter Aliyya Swaby about the board of education plan moving forward. 

NPR & Harvard Health Poll, part 2

Yesterday we told you how people in Houston had far more trouble getting medical care and paying for it, according to new data from NPR and Harvard. Now, Houston Public Media’s Sara Willa Ernst tells us what the survey found out about the tremendous financial impact COVID-19 is having in Houston.

Disinformation in Online Games

Since 2016, the ways that social platforms like Facebook and Twitter can and do address political or medical disinformation have been contentious. But now, as online games like Animal Crossing and Fortnite become venues – not only for play, but for political expression – the companies hosting these online worlds face questions about how they will handle misleading statements or content produced by players. Tech expert Omar Gallaga talks to the Standard about this intersection of games and politics

Texas Wine and Grape Growers Get Political

Texas breweries, distilleries and wineries have been hit particularly hard by the economic fallout from COVID-19. That’s due, in part, to a series of declarations by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott that put them in a similar category as bars, which are largely closed. The Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association is responding in a way it has never done before. They’ve created a political action committee.

 Back to School Audio Portrait: Donald Peacock

San Antonio Compilation Album Supports the Local Food Bank

Live music has become one of the greatest cultural casualties of COVID-19. But as venues are shuttered and tours cancelled, a group of 18 musicians in San Antonio is trying to keep up their creative chops while helping their community. Texas Public Radio’s Dominic Anthony Walsh reports on a compilation album of local artists covering local artists.

 Federal Anti-Racism Training

Every year, millions of American employees take mandatory racial sensitivity training. But President Trump wants it to stop for federal employees. Peniel Joseph, who holds the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, talks to the Standard about the president’s order. 


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

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