Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, June 16, 2023:
A storm system that passed through the Texas Panhandle on Thursday resulted in the loss of three lives and left numerous individuals injured, all on the eve of a weekend of scorching temperatures. Suzanne Bellsnyder, editor of The Texas Rural Reporter, joins us with the latest.
A Supreme Court decision Thursday preserved the system that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native children. The court rejected attacks from some Republican-led states and white families who argued this policy was based on race. Writer, advocate and Cherokee Nation citizen Rebecca Nagle joins us with her perspective.
A policy that provided only white gowns to women prisoners in solitary confinement is coming to an end. Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive explains.
Cormac McCarthy, widely considered among the greatest novelists in American literature, died this week at the age of 89. He often set his stories in the American Southwest, with some of his most celebrated works taking place in Texas: “Blood Meridian,” “No Country for Old Men,” “All the Pretty Horses.” To discuss McCarthy’s legacy, we’re joined by Steve Davis, literary curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, which houses McCarthy’s archives.
The federal government awards billions of dollars to border security companies each year. The latest tech was on display in El Paso recently at the 16th annual Border Security Expo. Joining us with more on the big business of border security is Border Chronicle reporter Todd Miller.
How Mexico is dealing with high temperatures
About half of Texas is under a heat advisory or an excessive heat warning today. Texas Public Radio’s Karla González reports those high temperatures also extend into Mexico and have triggered concerns for the well-being of people living in the area:
A new podcast from the Texas Newsroom called “Sugar Land” explores the discovery of a cemetery in that Southeast Texas city five years ago, and the ongoing controversy around it. Today, we’ll hear a short introduction to the show, hosted by Naomi Reed and Brittney Martin.
The gang delivers another custom poem. Reach out to Texas Standard with your own topic suggestions!
Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán stops by with a recap of the week that was in Texas politics.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.