Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022:
The Lone Star State sends more Republicans to Congress than any other. But as the GOP prepares to take control of the House after four years in the minority, Texans find themselves largely left out of the chamber’s leadership structure, with fewer committee chairmanship and political posts than last time their party held power. So why are Texans locked out of power, and what could it mean for back home? Matthew Choi, Washington correspondent for the Texas Tribune, joins us to find out.
With turkey day fast approaching you might have noticed that the price of birds has gone up – way up. That’s bad news, perhaps, for those who prepare the traditional Thanksgiving Day spread, but what about restaurants and barbecue joints across the state? Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor for Texas Monthly, joins us to talk more about turkey prices.
Restaurants across Texas were among the many things hit hard over the past two years. In fact, 1 in 5 Texas eateries have had to shutter for good since the start of the pandemic. Those that held on have had to juggle menus, schedules and customer expectations. Earlier this year, Texas Monthly’s Annual survey of the Best New Restaurants in Texas modified its presentation of a traditional top 10 list. In this interview from March, food critic Pat Sharpe joined the Standard to explain how exactly the annual new restaurant review changed.
It was supposed to be a road trip through Mexico and its cuisine. But March of 2020 had other plans, and soon chef and YouTube host Rick Martínez found a house, a dog and himself in the Mexican city of Mazatlán. His story, along with vibrant photos of the food he created by traveling the country and the recipes behind them, are all in his book ‘Mi Cocina: Recipes and Rapture From My Kitchen in Mexico – a Cookbook.’ Martínez joined the Texas Standard in May to discuss his journey and his new book.
If you’ve ever been between paychecks, stuck waiting for a deposit to clear, or just a little short on cash, there’s a good chance you’ve been hit with an overdraft fee if your account’s gone into the red. In the past, these fees – which are usually around $35 per transaction – have generated financial institutions up to $30 billion a year. But change could be coming. Aaron Klein, a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, joins us to discuss more.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.