Texas Standard For November 2, 2020

One final push before Election Day 2020. Where do we stand? And what should Texans be looking for as returns come in tomorrow? Reporters from our partners in Dallas, Houston, El Paso and more with the latest, in what many expect to be a long final vote count. And: The many issues voters will be deciding across the Lone Star State that often get squeezed out by the big banner headlines. Also: A celebration of 20 years of life in outer space. Plus: The death of a very good machine puts some El Paso musicians in the international spotlight. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardNovember 2, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Monday, November 2, 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.

Reporters Around the State on Final Push Before Election Day

Tensions are high ahead of Election Day tomorrow. We’ll check in with reporters, including Bret Jaspers, political reporter for KERA in North Texas; Angela Kocherga, news director for KTEP in El Paso and reporter for El Paso Matters; and Andrew Schenider, politics and government reporter for Houston Public Media.

Big Bond Referendums and Local Issues on Texas Ballots

Texans aren’t just voting for president. They’ve also got school bonds and city council recalls and charter amendments to consider. There are a lot of these kinds of elections – way more than we could possibly cover. But the Texas Standard’s Michael Marks tried.

6th Congressional District Election

What should Congress do to help struggling Americans and dig the country out of its economic doldrums? KERA’s Christopher Connelly put that question to the two candidates – incumbent Republican Rep. Ron Wright and Democratic challenger Stephen Daniel – who want to represent a long-time GOP Congressional district that stretches from southeast Tarrant County through Ellis and Navarro counties.

Twenty Years of Humans Living and Working in Space

NASA is celebrating a big anniversary today. For the past 20 years, humans have been living and working in space, including now retired astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock. We’ll hear from him on the Standard today.

 EEP on Death of a Very Good Machine

The El Paso shoegaze band EEP has released a new eight-song album, “Death of a Very Good Machine,” and it’s receiving interactional attention. Three members of the band – Rosie Varela, Lawrence Brown and Ross Ingram – join the Standard to talk about this dreamy musical genre and their latest success.

Young Latinos are Being Encouraged to Vote

This election has been mostly virtual because of the pandemic. But that hasn’t stopped political organizations from doing what they can to get out the vote. KERA’s Alejandra Martinez tells us about how these groups are targeting young Latinos online through Instagram concerts, TikTok videos and even dating apps.

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

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