Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, April 12, 2023:
Voices on the right want to declare war on Mexican cartels
A declaration of war against Mexican cartels – including military intervention against their bases in Mexico – is gaining strength on the right amid an ongoing fentanyl crisis. Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute, joins us to talk about the idea and its consequences.
A judge’s ruling threatens access to a common abortion drug. What does that mean for Texas?
Abortion is already nearly impossible to access in Texas. But KERA’s Bekah Morr reports the ruling attacking mifepristone access could make it even more challenging for Texans to access reproductive care.
Young adults feel alienated from work and school. What can be done?
The Dallas Federal Reserve finds young adults feel increasingly disconnected from work and school. While it’s a trend that accelerated during the pandemic, it has been on the rise for the past few decades. Dallas Fed adviser Anna Crockett joins us with more.
How Texarkana shows what happens when one state expands Medicaid, and another doesn’t
Part of Texarkana sits in Texas; the other in Arkansas. Demographics, unemployment and household incomes are roughly equal in the twin cities, but there is one big difference: About a decade ago, Arkansas expanded Medicaid, and Texas did not. With more on this significance, we’re joined by Public Health Watch’s Kim Krisberg.
After 30 years, a father is exonerated in ‘satanic panic’ case
In the 1980s and ‘90s, a mass hysteria swept the nation and Texas around alleged satanic ritual abuse of children. Numerous allegations of sex abuse and satanist cults spread, with several people being falsely imprisoned. Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive has the story of one man’s journey to prove his innocence.
Even seen a longhorn eat a tamale?
One of Texas folklorist J. Frank Dobie’s favorite stories was the story of Sancho, the tamale-loving Longhorn. Texas Standard commentator W.F. Strong brings us his own version.
What more electric vehicles mean for the Texas electric grid
More electric vehicles are hitting the road in Texas. How will the need for pluggable power affect the electric grid, especially in Texas? The Houston Chronicle’s Chris Tomlinson joins us with more.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.