Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, June 23, 2023:
This week, the U.S. Census Bureau updated its official population estimates, confirming that Latinos have made up the largest share of Texas’ population since at least last July. We’ll hear more about the shift and the overall demographic makeup of Texas from Lloyd Potter, state demographer of Texas and director of the Texas Demographic Center.
Cheers and car horns could be heard across San Antonio last night as the Spurs officially chose pro French player Victor Wembanyama with their No. 1 draft pick. Texas Public Radio’s Brian Kirkpatrick reports the “generational” prospect has been welcomed with open arms by a city ready to win NBA Championships again.
When the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan two years ago, San Antonio became one of the top four cities where Afghan families resettled. Most live near the Medical Center, and most of their children are enrolled in Northside ISD. Texas Public Radio’s Camille Phillips spoke with families and visited schools to see how they’re adapting to their new learning environment.
Juan Gabriel was much more than a musical icon to many in Mexico and around the world – and yet his bombastic and flamboyant artistry prompted probing questions about his sexual identity. With machismo so prevalent in the Mexican culture, “Tacos of Texas” podcast host Mando Rayo says of course it’s present in restaurant kitchens – but so, too, is Gabriel. And taking a cue from such a trailblazer are LGBTQIA chefs who Rayo spoke with for his podcast. We’ll hear more from him today.
North Texas native Jess Williamson didn’t begin her musical career as early as many artists do; while studying photojournalism at UT-Austin, she picked up the banjo as a senior and began writing songs. Now, her star continues to rise with the release of her latest album “Time Ain’t Accidental.”
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The week in Texas politics
Rachel Osier Lindley, statewide editor for the Texas Newsroom, brings the Standard up to speed with some stories you may have missed this week:
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Shelly Brisbin with the Talk of Texas.