Texas Standard for July 20, 2023: We’re talking ‘Barbenheimer’ ahead of films’ opening weekend

We take a look at how Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” stacks up against history, as well as how Barbie has evolved over the past 60 years.

By Texas StandardJuly 20, 2023 9:21 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, July 20, 2023:

Texas women denied abortions for serious pregnancy complications sue the state

The Center for Reproductive Rights is suing Texas on behalf of several women who were denied abortions amid serious pregnancy complications. KUT Austin reporter Olivia Aldridge joins us with the details.

Excess natural gas emissions a byproduct of Texas’ scorching summer

This summer’s record-breaking heat has led to a major release of natural gas emissions in West Texas. The Texas Tribune and Inside Climate News report that companies in the Permian Basin vented millions of pounds directly into the atmosphere last month. Inside Climate News reporter Dylan Baddour joins us with the story.

Houston community members create their own natural disaster hubs

During Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters, many Houstonians turned to their neighbors for help. Now, some people are transforming their homes into emergency hubs for their neighborhood. Houston Public Media’s Katie Watkins reports.

The White House has introduced a ‘Cyber Trust Mark.’ What does it mean?

When you buy a “smart” appliance, like a high-tech refrigerator or a fitness tracker, how do you know whether your personal data is at risk? That’s the concern behind the Biden administration’s new Cyber Trust Mark, a voluntary certification label. Tech expert Omar Gallaga joins us with an overview.

How does ‘Oppenheimer’ stack up against history?

Summertime is synonymous with movies. The Standard’s kicking off a double feature by talking “Oppenheimer” with journalist Greg Mitchell, author of the book “The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood – and America – Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”

It’s Barbie’s world, we just live in it

At 64, Barbie is the toast of the entertainment industry. Reporter Sarah Asch reports on Barbie’s big summer splash deep in the hearts of many a Texan, and the conversations her new movie is sparking.

How cities across Texas are struggling to beat the heat

Texas is experiencing record-breaking temperatures this summer. Hear from public radio reporters across the state to see how cities are faring: the Standard’s Alexandra Hart in San Antonio; KACU’s Heather Claborn in Abilene; KUT’s Mose Buchele in Austin; and Texas Tech Public Media’s Sarah Self-Walbrick in Lubbock.

All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.

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