Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Monday, August 17, 2020. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard.
Thrall ISD Reopening
Not all school districts in Texas are postponing their start days or teaching most classes online. In the Thrall Independent School District in central Texas, children started in-person school last week. Thrall ISD Superintendent Tommy Hooker joins us to talk about how the first week of classes went.
Democratic Convention Preview
The Democratic National Convention kicks off today with a two-hour virtual event built on the theme of unity. Recent polling shows Biden in a virtual dead heat with Trump in Texas.
A University of Texas at San Antonio researcher is spearheading a sweeping new study looking at neurodegenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimers. And the data is measured using a tool you may have on your wrist right now.
Airlines Hoarding Cash
After months of big hits to their bottom lines, air carriers are adopting a strategy they hope will protect them from greater losses: they’re hoarding cash.
Cancel College Semester
Should colleges and universities just cut their losses and call off the fall semester? The Atlantic’s Yascha Mounk thinks so.
Bug Bites: Sphinx Moths
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service insect expert Wizzie Brown swoops in with some facts about the sphinx moth
In Lubbock, where development pushes out the city’s boundaries, a new grassroots group is pushing to preserve what they call “Old Lubbock.”
Reimagining U.S. Postal Workers as Health Care Employees
The slowdown and potential sabotage of the United States Postal Service is dominating headlines, and includes stories about deliveries of prescription drugs being delayed. But what if the Postal Service was reimagined as part of the healthcare system.
All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.