Texas Standard For August 20, 2020

A very different political convention for an unprecedented time in the U.S. But has this week’s big political event moved the needle in the Lone Star State? As the Democratic National Convention moves into its final night, a look at the role of Texas. Or the relative lack thereof, and whether the event could change the calculus in November. And: Remembering Ann Richards’ big convention moment and the significance of how she said what she did. Also: An epic battle in the online gaming world that’s more than a game.

By Texas StandardAugust 20, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Thursday, August 20, 2020. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard.

Takeaways From the Democratic National Convention

What are some of the key highlights of last night’s Democratic National Convention speeches?

Laredo Anti-Wall Mural

The Trump administration has been aggressively pushing for a border wall through Webb and Zapata counties in South Texas. A coalition of landowners and activists decided to make their message clear last weekend by painting a street mural in downtown Laredo.

 Immigrant Inclusion Study

Many immigrants are struggling with homeownership, job opportunity and access to health care. A new study maps out these problems for Dallas, and city leaders hope to do something about it.

Epic v. Apple Gaming Fight

There’s an epic battle brewing online. Epic Games, creators of the wildly popular Fortnite is challenging Apple, which takes a 30% bite of any purchases players make within the game.

Texan Translation: Ann Richards

In our monthly segment on Texas linguistics, Lars Hinrichs, associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, breaks down the accent and rhetoric of Texas Gov. Ann Richards in her keynote speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

Sounds Of Texas: Terri Williams on Jamarcus’s Preschool

Cello Podium

A chance meeting between two lovers of music ended in something that neither of them alone could create.

TikTok And COVID-19 Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services is spending more than $6 million to partner with TikTok influencers to get the word out on how to stay safe during the pandemic. Will it actually work?

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

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