We’ve seen a significant spike in COVID-19 cases over the past several days. Health officials say the risks of catching the highly contagious Omicron variant are high – even among those who’ve been vaccinated. However, how severe one’s symptoms are may depend on vaccination status. For details, Texas Standard turns to Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist with UTHealth School of Public Health, and Dr. Trish Perl, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at UT-Southwestern Medical Center.
Congress this month ditched a controversial measure that would have required women to register for the Selective Service. Men must register when they turn 18 and can be forced into the military if the U.S. ever reinstates the draft. But supporters of gender-neutral registration say they’ll keep working to include women. Desiree D’Iorio reports for the American Homefront Project.
The energy market has certainly had an interesting ride in 2021. So, what’s on the horizon for 2022? For a look ahead, we’re talking with Matt Smith, lead oil analyst for the Americas for Kpler.
The new animated series “The Freak Brothers,” streaming on Tubi, features an all-star cast. Woody Harrelson, Pete Davidson and John Goodman voice the three freaks who are psychedelically transported from 1969 to the present. It’s based on a counterculture comic drawn by Texan Gilbert Shelton. Shelton started drawing the misadventures of the freaks – Franklin, Phineas, and Freddy – while living in Austin in the late ’60s. The new TV show is a good opportunity to revisit its source material, says Texas Monthly writer Chris Vognar.
It’s the season for gingerbread, and gingerbread houses fill the lobby of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso. Teams of military and civilian staff members put their baking and building skills to use for the hospital’s gingerbread house contest. Dr. Nina Shaw says the goal is to spread holiday cheer. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga reports from the event.
The historic Forest Theater has been vacant for over a decade, but its bright green tower and the red ball atop it still watch over South Dallas. Elizabeth Wattley has been working for years to bring the theater back to life. She’s currently with a group called Forest Forward, and she laid out her team’s new restoration plan for KERA’s Miguel Perez during a recent tour.
The U.S. economy has an inflation problem. The price of everyday necessities like a gallon of milk or gasoline is going up – and fast. A recent report by the Commerce Department showed consumer goods had the highest year-over-year price increase in nearly four decades. What’s going on? And can we expect that trend to continue going into 2022? Texas Standard asked someone who knows a thing or two about inflation: Waco-based economist Ray Perryman of The Perryman Group.
All this plus the Texas News Roundup and Shelly Brisbin with the Talk of Texas.