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The Takeaway

Gov. Perry Deploys 1,000 Troops to the Border

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Texas Governor Rick Perry announced plans to dispatch 1,000 National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley. The news comes amid the continued surge of child immigrants from Central America. In recent days, Perry has spoken about taking matters into his own hands if President Obama doesn’t act.

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FT Big Read

US immigration: life on the line

Friday, July 18, 2014

US immigration: life on the line

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The Takeaway

The Campaign to Save a 9/11 Revenge Killer

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Ten days after 9/11, Mark Stroman walked into a gas station and shot a Bangladeshi immigrant named Rais Bhuiyan in the face. Bhuiyan started a campaign to have his attacker spared from the death penalty. New York Times Columnist Anand Giridharadas chronicles Bhuiyan and Stroman's stories in his new book.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The "Can You Say President Rick Perry?" Edition

Friday, April 25, 2014

Live from Austin, Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz are joined by the Texas Tribune's Reeve Hamiltion, Emily Ramshaw, and Ross Ramsey to discuss Common Core, the Texas gubernatorial race, and the presidential hopes of Rick Perry and Ted Cruz.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Remembering Ann Richards

Thursday, April 17, 2014

As the governor of Texas, Ann Richards appointed more women, openly gay people, and people of color than all of her predecessors combined. Her daughter Cecile Richards talks about the legacy her mother left and about the new HBO documentary, All About Ann.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Toxic Air Pollution and Fracking in Texas

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Lisa Song, reporter for Inside Climate News, discusses her team's investigative reporting on the connection between toxic air pollution and people getting sick around fracking sites in Texas.

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The Takeaway

Parts of Texas Abortion Law Blocked by Judge

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In Texas, a restrictive new abortion law will go into effect today—but not without some last minute changes. Yesterday, just hours before the new law was set to go into effect, a federal judge blocked a key part of the abortion law and handed a partial victory to abortion rights advocates. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the changes to the law is  Veronica Zaragovia, who has been covering this story for KUT Austin.

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Life of the Law

Judging Steinbeck’s Lennie

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

In 2002, the Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to execute people with mental disabilities. But the Court left it up to individual states to define mentally disabled. After the Texas legislature failed to agree on a definition,

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The Takeaway

A Battle for Water When the Rio Grande Runs Low

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A 70-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Mexico is supposed to keep the waters of the Rio Grande River flowing between the bordering states. But in a time when the rains can longer be relied upon, Mexico has fallen behind on its part of the deal. Monica Ortiz Uribe, a senior field correspondent for Fronteras, went down to Chihuahua to find out more about this battle for water and shares her findings with The Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

A New Kind of Organized Labor

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Unions these days no longer have the man power, or political clout, they once did. But a new form of labor organization is making a difference in addressing the needs of workers—especially Latino and immigrant laborers—who work in jobs like construction that are typically not unionized. Cristina Tzintzún is the Workers Defense Project executive director.

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The Takeaway

Critics: Texas Abortion Law Hurts Poor, Latina Women

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Opponents of a controversial new Texas abortion measure, like Lillian Ortiz, a board member of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, says the law disproportionately affects poor women, especially Latinas. But Texas State Representative Jason Villalba, a Republican from Dallas, supported the measure and says there is no basis behind the argument that Texas' law disproportionately affects poor women, and particularly those of color.

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Life of the Law

Forensics in Flames

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Over the past 20 years, there’s been a revolution in the science of arson investigations. Many of the clues that had been used for decades to determine that a fire was not accidental, especially the analysis of burn patterns on walls and floors,

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Hour With Gail Collins

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

This live interview with Gail Collins originally aired on July 16th, 2013. An edited version was aired on September 2, 2013 as part of a best-of episode of the Brian Lehrer Show timed for Labor Day.

Gail Collins, New York Times op-ed columnist and the author of As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Liveright, 2012), talks about Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wendy Davis, the Weiner/Spitzer candidacies, plus your calls.

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The Takeaway

Texas Governor Rick Perry Won't Seek Re-election

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry has set the stage for a major political shuffle for the Lone Star State with his announcement yesterday that he will not to seek re-election next year. How does this shift the political game in Texas?What does this say about Perry’s intentions for the 2016 presidential election? Ben Philpott, a senior reporter for KUT in Austin, discusses the change and what the move means for Texas politics and the nation.

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The Takeaway

Special Session Marks Round Two in Texas Abortion Battle

Monday, July 01, 2013

Last Tuesday, Senator Wendy Davis filibustered her way to the national stage after spending nearly 11 hours speaking in order to block Senate Bill 5 from passing in the Texas legislature. But the very next day, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he wasn’t giving up the fight just yet. Instead, the Governor called a special legislative session to take up the bill. Erica Greider is the senior editor at Texas Monthly.

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The Takeaway

Texas Abortion Bill Fails to Pass After Filibuster

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Around midnight last night, the Texas Senate shutdown Senator Wendy Davis's (D-Fort Worth) nearly 11 hour filibuster meant to prevent the passage of Senate Bill 5, a restrictive abortion law. Christy Hoppe, Austin bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, was present for entire filibuster. James Henson is the director of the Texas politics project as the University of Texas.

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The Takeaway

In Immigration Debate, Focus Turns to Texas Border

Monday, June 17, 2013

Migrant traffic across the Southwest border of Texas is on the rise as illegal crossings from Mexico have shifted away from Arizona. This could complicate things on Capitol Hill as the immigration reform bill makes its way through Congress. How will the Obama administration secure a bill that balances some level of forgiveness for illegal immigrants with increased security for border regions?

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On Being

Christian Wiman — A Call to Doubt and Faith, and Remembering God [remix]

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively

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On Being

[Unedited] Christian Wiman with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively

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The Takeaway

Series of Tornadoes Rip Through Texas

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A series of deadly storms tore through an area of North Texas late Wednesday night. Today will be a day of tragedy and cleanup for hundreds of families facing the loss of loved ones, injuries, or even homelessness.

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