Texas Standard For September 11, 2020

A prescription for coronavirus relief? Congress hasn’t come up with it, and there’s a major political price that could be paid in Texas, too. Less than two months till Election Day and the message from constituents: we need relief from the economic effects of the pandemic. Politicians on both sides of the aisle say they get it, so where’s the relief package? We’ll explore. And: What’s in a name: the push to identify heatwaves as we do hurricanes. Also: American gothic reimagined in the Texas of today. Plus: The week in politics with the Texas Tribune and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardSeptember 11, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Friday, September 11, 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.


The gridlock in Congress over the coronavirus bill could impact key elections in Texas. Dallas Morning News reporter Tom Benning, based in Washington, talks to the Standard about that impact.

Ask A Doctor: Your COVID Questions Answered

Each week the Standard turns to physician Fred Campbell with listeners’ questions about COVID-19. 

Harvey Church Recovery

Three years after Hurricane Harvey, Houston narrowly escaped Hurricane Laura. As Houston Public Media’s Florian Martin reports, one Houston church has been homeless since Harvey and now, church worshippers still can’t gather because of COVID-19.

Disability Training in Ellis County

One sheriff’s department in North Texas is expanding disability and mental health training for officers. As KERA’s Bekah Morr reports, this change is after a disabled man was hospitalized following his arrest.

Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance

Even though it may feel cooler out, the threat of extreme heat isn’t going away. Heat waves are deadly – more Americans die each year from the effects of heat and heat-related illnesses than from any other severe weather event, according to the national weather service. A new partnership wants to bring attention to the threat of rising temperatures, Kathy Baughman McLeod, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, talks to the Standard about it. 

Building the American Dream

Director Chelsea Hernandez is an Austin-based filmmaker whose “Building The American Dream” premiered at SXSW last year. The film uncovers the harsh conditions of the Texas construction industry. She talks to the Standard about her documentary which will air on PBS. 

Typewriter Rodeo

The Week in Politics

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Michael Marks with the talk of Texas.

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