Texas Podcasts

Listen to some great podcasts including tips and advice when living in or visiting the Lone Star State.

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Texas Matters: The GOP Sues To Stop Early Early Voting, Will Chaos Win On Election Day?Why is the Texas GOP is trying to stop extra days of early voting, and could this be the election that breaks U.S. democracy?

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When has more money made a bureaucracy less of a bureaucracy?Pratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 25 September 2020.

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These Aren't Your Garden Variety DemocratsFaced with mounting criticism over the state's coronavirus response and Democratic arguments that the GOP wants to eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions, Republicans in Texas are attacking the minority party as "the radical left" who want to "destroy entire cities." Meantime, the Texas GOP is in all out civil war over the...

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Don't count on giant waves of voter turnout from the very youngPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 24 September 2020.

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TribCast: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death will affect TexasOn this week's Tribcast, Matthew talks with Ross, Emma and Alex about the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, Gov.

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Texas: A State That Loves Its FlagAre you really a country if you don't have a flag to advertise your existence - a flag that can fly atop skyscrapers, state houses, schools and ships...

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How can Texans win in Pittsburgh?The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson preview the Texans' game against the Steelers and what it would take to pull off an upset in Pittsburgh on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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NRA endorsements include "A+" rated Drew Springer in SD30Pratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 23 September 2020.

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Why the Texans sit at 0-2The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson analyze what went wrong in the Texans' loss to the Ravens to drop them to 0-2 on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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SD30 Special Election: Pratt endorses Rep. Drew Springer and tells whyPratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 22 September 2020.

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Can anyone give Astros the kick they need?Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer explain why the team misses more than Justin Verlander's arm and discuss whether a lingering malaise can be remedied as the playoffs beckon.

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Picking Winners and Losers in the PandemicAfter more than 45 days without a real update, Gov. Greg Abbott this week announced a new round of lifting restrictions related to the coronavirus.

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It's quiet downtown. Just ask Charlie PatelConvenience store owner Charlie Patel has spent the past two decades selling birthday cards, candy bars and small gifts to urban office workers.

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Too many local elected officials benefit from tax and spending increasesPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 17 September 2020.

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TribCast: Texas again changes how it reports coronavirus data, and voting issues make their way through the courtsIn this week's TribCast, Matthew speaks with Ross, Emma and Shannon about another change in how Texas reports its coronavirus data and the legal fights related to voting that have reached the state Supreme Court.

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Breaking down Texans vs. RavensThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson preview the Texans' home opener against Baltimore, offer their predictions and discuss whether a 0-2 start is inevitable on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Thoughts on Texans' Week 1The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson analyze the performance of the Texans' offensive and defensive units in their season-opening loss at Kansas City on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Playoffs no guarantee for AstrosChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer break down a dismal road trip, a brewing battle with Seattle, and Justin Verlander's narrowing window for a 2020 comeback.

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LBJ and others would be envious of modern Texas DemocratsPratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 15 September 2020.

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If You're Losing the Argument, Change the Subject FastWith coronavirus deaths in Texas now topping 14,000, Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, and Republicans up and down the ballot would rather talk about anything else.

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Gov. Abbott and Leftist Judge Garcia not so differentPratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 11 September 2020.

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Texas Democrats leave most important Texas job to an outside super PACPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 10 September 2020.

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The Tragic Story of Dora HandMy friend, Jac Darsnek, owner of the always remarkable Traces of Texas webpage sent me a message recently.

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Episode 64: Cole Harrison, Frankie Cimino and Bowie HollandTexas Parks and Wildlife Foundation's young professionals organization Stewards of the Wild is gaining traction all over the state.

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Episode 62: Randy Risher and Vence PetrenellaGear Up for Game Wardens is the brainchild of two Texans who love the outdoors and appreciate what Texas Game Wardens do every day.

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Breaking down Texans-Chiefs openerThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson break down the Texans's Thursday night opener at Kansas City and make their predictions.

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Texas press just now discovering Abbott's rule by decree power grabPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 09 September 2020.

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Ep. 91: The Secret Court of the Republic of TexasIn April, 1836, Texas went to war with the United States by capturing an American ship in the service of Mexico.

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11 road games, no Mike Fiers for AstrosChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer preview a crucial West Coast swing that will bring roster reinforcements but, yet again, no matchup against the A's pitcher who blew the whistle on sign-stealing.

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The fight over mail ballots comes to a head in TexasJust as Republicans universally attack the Democratic Harris County Clerk for his planned mailing of mail ballot applications, the Republican Party of Texas is sending mail ballot request forms to voters across the state.

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Rampant lying by local officials on property taxesPratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 04 September 2020.

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Which Texans cuts will surprise?The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss Wednesday's Texans scrimmage and each predict one surprising roster cut before the Saturday afternoon deadline on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Texas Dems make bad argument on voting by mail and the 26th AmendmentPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 03 September 2020.

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Contract extensions and Texans roster predictionsThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans' recent contract extension with linebacker Zach Cunningham and the status of negotiations with quarterback Deshaun Watson as well as offering some roster projections on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Trump's ability to simplify a message resented by some punditsPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 02 September 2020.

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CDC's COVID-19 fatality numbers suggest fraud to cause panicPratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 01 September 2020.

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Worth another listen: Hines not HeinzThe late Gerald D. Hines adopted Houston as his hometown in 1957 and became one of the world's foremost property developers.

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Party conventions showed a stark contrast between blamers and doersPratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 31 August 2020.

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A Texan at the RNC Never Mentions President Trump's NameAmong the speakers at this week's RNC was Houston Rep Dan Crenshaw, who unlike just about every other speaker at the GOP's convention never uttered the name of the Republican President.

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Has athlete "protest" led to more or less violence?Pratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 28 August 2020.

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Episode 63: Josh Crumpton, Tallon Martin, Allie BiedenharnLike everyone else, the Stewards of the Wild have had to pivot during these times of COVID.

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What to watch for from Texans' scrimmageThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans' scheduled scrimmage for Thursday night and the weight it carries since the team has no preseason games on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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AP's "fringe views" of GOP convention risiblePratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 27 August 2020.

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TribCast: Hurricane Laura, coronavirus on campus and the RNCIn this week's TribCast, Matthew speaks with Ross, Alex and Patrick about the incoming hurricane, the first week of college classes and the Republican National Convention.

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El Llano EstacadoStrong The Llano Estacado is an enormous mesa. It covers more than 37-thousand square miles of Texas and New Mexico.

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Texas A&M being ruined by Leftist faculty hiresPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 26 August 2020.

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A big homestand for AstrosWith visits from the Angels and AL West-leading A's on tap, Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss the sweep in San Diego, holes in the lineup, and some startling pitching numbers.

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"No New Revenue Rate" doesn't mean what some would have you to thinkPratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 24 August 2020.

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EP. 90: Cozumel, Texas?During 1837, the Mexican government was still reeling from the successful Texas revolution. Bent on reconquering Texas, an army massed at Matamoros.

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Austin residents need to live with their political choicesPratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 21 August 2020.

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A "Skin of the Teeth" Election for Texas RepublicansFollowing the model set by the Texas Democratic Party, the DNC this week kicked off its historic first-ever virtual convention.

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Breaking down the Texans' offenseThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson go and give a good breakdown of Deshaun Watson and the Texans' offense from what they've seen in training camp so far.

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While popular, move for state to "police" Austin a terrible, costly ideaPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 20 August 2020.

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Breaking down the Texans' defenseThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson go and give a good breakdown of the Houston Texans' defense from what they've seen in training camp so far.

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TribCast: Texas and the DNC, the fight over police funding, and election mailing woesOn this week's Tribcast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Alex and Ross about Texans' role at the Democratic National Convention, a new front in the local control fight and what election mail concerns could mean for Texas.

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Remember: The property "tax rate" is meaningless by itselfPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 19 August 2020.

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Local officials lie when they blame property tax increases on anything but the tax rate they set eachPratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 18 August 2020.

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State officials warn of taxpayer abuse from local officialsPratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 17 August 2020.

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The hard-to-assess AstrosChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer touch on Kyle Tucker, Jose Altuve, Zack Greinke, Brandon Bielak and a team that owes its above.500 record to six wins over the Mariners.

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Texans Snubbed at the Democratic National ConventionThe Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party says the organizers of the DNC "messed up" by not scheduling any members of the party from this state to speak.

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123 Paul Begala Wrote the Book on Defeating Donald TrumpThe legendary Democratic strategist on whether Texas is swingable and what it'll take for Joe Biden to win.

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The "tax rate" doesn't tell you if locals are raising your property taxesPratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 14 August 2020.

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Abbott uses amalgamation of statutes to skirt due processPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 13 August 2020.

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TribCast: Kamala Harris on the Democratic presidential ticket and the state of college footballOn this week's TribCast, Matthew speaks with Ross, Alex and Raga about college football this fall and what Kamala Harris means for Texas Democrats in November.

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More on face masks and why we should object to decrees to wear suchPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 12 August 2020.

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How Madame Curie's Philanthropy Continues To InspireStrong. A couple of years ago, there was a photograph published on Twitter of a group of radiation oncologists in the radiation treatment room at MD Anderson, all women, under the hashtag, "Women Who Curie." They were celebrating the legacy of Madame Marie Curie and her pioneering work in radiology that daily inspires their mission.

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Pivotal years for these Texans playersThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson look at five Texans players they believe are entering make-or-break seasons in 2020 on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Texas COVID numbers appear no longer trustworthyPratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 11 August 2020.

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Covering The Nfl Amid Covid-19The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss their experience of getting COVID-19 tests and the process of covering Texans camp amid the coronavirus pandemic on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Some trying times for AstrosChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss the weekend fracas / sweep at Oakland, Ryan Pressly's readiness as a closer, and an eight-game homestand that starts Monday.

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Wearing face masks more than doubled Texas COVID-19 fatality rate!Pratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 07 August 2020.

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Who's responsible for opening Texas schools during a pandemic?Gov. Greg Abbott this week is trying to make it clear that local school boards, not his office, are responsible for the speed at which students across Texas return to the classroom as the coronavirus continues to ravage the state, nation, and the world.

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Hunting for an apartment during COVIDVirtual tours and contactless showings. For those on the hunt for a new apartment in the midst of a pandemic, seeing the place before signing a lease involves navigating a series of precautions put in place to protect leasing staff and renters.

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TribCast: Reading the political tea leaves on Biden in Texas and a census undercountOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Patrick and Cassi about the Biden campaign's recent activity in Texas, the fallout of a census undercount and early indications of what the legislative session might look like in a pandemic.

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The Texans to keep an eye on at campThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans putting on pads next week and who they're most interested in watching on each side of the ball on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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What the NFL's COVID-19 agreement means for TexansThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the NFL and NFLPA finalizing changes to their CBA regarding COVID-19 regulations and how it'll affect the Texans on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Rookie relievers a saving grace for AstrosChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer examine the state of the pitching staff after Roberto Osuna's Anaheim exit, the early slump of Jose Altuve, and MLB's message to headhunters.

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Episode 61: Dale Blasingame and Ky HarkeyDale Blasingame is one of only a handful of people who has visited every single state park in Texas.

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President Trump stumps for oil industry support in Texas, but Covid-19 steals the showPresident Trump arrived in the emerging coronavirus hotspot of Midland-Odessa this week to fundraise and lend his support to the struggling Texas oil and gas industry.

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Has the pandemic made corporate campuses obsolete?The office is about to undergo its biggest change since the cubicle. Thanks to the pandemic, companies are rethinking the amount of space they occupy and the role it plays in their corporate culture.

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What's ahead for Texans in camp?The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss what the Texans could be facing when they begin conditioning on the field once training camp commences on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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TribCast: Texas revises coronavirus death tally as school reopening chaos continuesOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Ross, Aliyya and Emma about the state's bad relationship with data and the latest pingponging guidance on how and when schools can reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

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NFL opt-outs and a Marlins effect?The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the growing number of NFL players opting out of the 2020 season and what the league can learn from the Miami Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Attention: You cannot count on press to warn you of local property tax increasesPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 29 July 2020.

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Astros-Dodgers seizes the spotlightChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer touch on MLB's coronavirus conundrum, Justin Verlander's elbow, and a two-day rematch of the 2017 World Series.

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Abbott's pivot from conservatism a gamble motivated by ambitionPratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 27 July 2020.

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Greg Abbott's drift from conservatism easy to track, appears he's betting on a Trump lossPratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 24 July 2020.

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Beto says the Texas GOP is a "Death Cult," Gov. Abbott pushes backFormer Rep. Beto O'Rourke went right at Gov. Greg Abbott's coronavirus response this week by saying the Texas GOP is a "death cult" and they "want you to do the dying." Abbott shrugged that off by saying the Democrat is a politician who isn't in office making any real decisions.

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122 Dr. Rebecca Fischer: "With Students Returning this Fall, Contact Tracing is Key"Texas A&M epidemiologist on the critical systems being put in place to maximize safety in an uncertain time.

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2020 season finally at hand for AstrosChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer get you ready for opening day as they examine Dusty Baker's lineup, unresolved pitching questions, and baseball life in the year of the coronavirus.

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Wichita Falls' Cathy Dodson says much about Civil War monumentsPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 23 July 2020.

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TribCast: The post-convention state of the Texas GOP and a bleak budget forecastOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Cassi and Ross about the Texas GOP's convention chaos and how the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the state budget.

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Texans get little respect from expertsThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain sizes up the AFC South and why NFL experts are picking the Titans and Colts over the two-time defending division champion Texans on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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It is local officials who raise or lower your property taxes, not appraisers and not state officeholdersPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 22 July 2020.

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Awaiting an unprecedented Texans campThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss rookies reporting to Texans training camp amid a pandemic, the NFL's agreement with players on COVID-19 testing and more on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Texas hospitals are not full with Coronavirus patientsPratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 20 July 2020.

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Hear much about those hundreds of doctors opposed to shutdowns?Pratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 17 July 2020.

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What's it Take to Keep Texas Open? Wear a MaskGov. Greg Abbott is now stressing that if people would just wear masks in public, he will not have to impose restrictions once again on business and movement to control the spread of coronavirus.

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DichosStrong and Lupita Strong Dichos are proverbs. Dichos is a Spanish word for wise sayings, clever maxims, humorous perspectives that can guide you well.

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Texas WuFlu headline propaganda and what did you do last flu season?Pratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 16 July 2020.

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TribCast: Election results and voting problems in the primary runoffsOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks with Evan, Matthew and Alex about the results and implications of the primary runoff elections and how voting went in the first statewide election during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Texans allowing destruction of their rights in going along with "orders"Pratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 15 July 2020.

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It's a COVID-19 crapshoot for Astros, MLBChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss the daily variables at play this season and examine where Dusty Baker's bullpen stands as the opener nears.

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Pratt's 2020 Texas Republican Primary Runoff voter recommendationsPratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 14 July 2020.

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Big changes in D.C.The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss Washington's NFL team deciding to finally retire its controversial, racially insensitive nickname on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Laying it on the lineThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the events from the OL Masterminds Summit over the weekend featuring top NFL and collegiate offensive linemen on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Ep. 89: Texas Attacks Oklahoma!During World War II, Texas played an important role in training pilots and bomber crews.

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Astros: Changes in the Minute Maid atmosphereChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss what an Astros game will sound like without fans and delve into ace Justin Verlander's mechanical overhaul.

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121 Dr. Peter J. Hotez on How the Federal Government Failed TexasThe pioneering vaccine scientist explains why he believes the White House has put Texas in grave danger.

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Younger folk value freedom but it's not what you mean.Pratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 10 July 2020.

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A showdown over the Texas GOP convention and Gov. Abbott plays the blame gameTexas Republicans clashed with the Democratic Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, as his administration moved abruptly to shut down the party's massive convention that health experts had warned would be a "super spreader event" during a pandemic.

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TribCast: Mask orders, convention drama and the road ahead for reopening schoolsOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Cassi and Aliyya about the governor's mask order, the politics of canceling political conventions and challenges ahead for reopening schools.

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Episode 60: Captain Christy Vales and RugerCaptain Christy Vales leads the Texas Game Warden K-9 Team and has been a part of the unit since it was formed back in 2013.

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NFL and coronavirus concernsThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the NFL and coronavirus logistics when training camps open and touch on Texans LB Jacob Martin's "fear factor" comment on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Listeners condemn Abbott's mouth-muzzle decreePratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 08 July 2020.

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What Patrick Mahomes' big deal means for Deshaun WatsonThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss Patrick Mahomes' new contract extension and what it means for Texans QB Deshaun Watson's contract talks on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Abbott's rule by decree needs checking by legislators, some are trying.Pratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 07 July 2020.

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Why Astros' workout was canceledChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss MLB's lag in getting clubs their COVID-19 test results, as well as early impressions of summer camp.

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The Consistent Inconsistency of Gov. Abbott's Pandemic ResponseGreg Abbott did a 180 on more than one major policy position this week: He's now shut down bars again across the state and is requiring that the vast majority of Texans wear a mask when in public.

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Astros going to summer campChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss the roster, the rotation, and what workouts will look like in a three-week run-up to the 2020 season.

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99th, 104th and 140th district court GOP runoff recommendationsPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 02 July 2020.

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Jefferson Davis Highway: The Persistence Of A Confederate MemorialOn July 29, 1925 - a full 60 years after the American Civil War - Miss Decca Lamar West of Waco, Texas, wrote a strongly worded letter to Chief Thomas H. MacDonald, the head of what was then the Federal Bureau of Public Roads.

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TribCast: Early voting begins as coronavirus surges in Texas and a debate over sex ed curriculumIn this edition of TribCast, Emma talks to Matthew, Aliyya and Ross about the state's latest efforts to mitigate spread of the new coronavirus, and the State Board of Education's ongoing debate over Texas' sex ed curriculum.

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An improved Texans offense?The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss whether, health permitting, the Texans could have a better offense in 2020 with so many weapons for Deshaun Watson on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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7th Court of Appeals: Vote for Justice Larry DossPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 01 July 2020.

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Texans vs. Patriots, with Cam NewtonThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson examine former MVP quarterback Cam Newton signing with the Patriots and how it could affect the 2020 matchup with the Texans on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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TX13 Runoff: Why you should vote for Dr. Ronny JacksonPratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

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HD60 Runoff: Why you should back Jon Francis for the Texas HousePratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 26 June 2020.

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Pushing the Pause Button on Reopening TexasWith cases of coronavirus spiking around the state, Gov. Greg Abbott this week is slowing down the reopening of businesses and even talking about potentially "ratcheting back" the openings that have already been allowed.

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Baseball 2020 in a nutshellChandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss the national pastime's return amid a pandemic and what the wrinkles of a 60-game season mean for the Astros.

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Texas Democrat Congressman using power of Congress to control speech in books, movies and morePratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 25 June 2020.

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TribCast: Masks for businesses, reopening schools and pandemic votingOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Aliyya and Ross about mask requirements for businesses, what school reopenings could mean for students and parents, and what we're watching for during the upcoming election.

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Play Ball!… finally, sort ofFollowing the Astros' conference call with media, Houston Chronicle sports columnist Brian T. Smith discusses the return of Major League Baseball for an unprecedented 60-game season during a pandemic on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Getting to know Texans' Jonathan GreenardThe Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson talks about getting to know Texans rookie linebacker Jonathan Greenard at a recent pass-rushing workout on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Is Governor Abbott a political extortionist or monarch?Pratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 24 June 2020.

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Is Jamal Adams in Texans' future?The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson discusses whether the Texans could pull off a trade for Jets safety Jamal Adams and the addition of Eric Murray to the secondary on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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120 Tavel Bristol-Joseph Wants the Culinary World to Have a Hard Conversation about RacismOn a special edition of the National Podcast of Texas, one of Food and Wine's Best New Chefs on systemic racism and re-opening in a pandemic.

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EP. 88: Texas PandemicsThe 2020 coronavirus pandemic has been a trying time for Texans. But we've been through much worse.

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How the pandemic may change the way homes are designedNancy and Rebecca talk to housing consultant Scott Davis about how the new coronavirus is informing the way builders design homes and how past pandemics led to lasting changes in the way we live.

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Mandated mask wearing New Mexico has COVID fatality rate 3 times that of TexasPratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 22 June 2020.

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COVID-19 numbers in Texas justify no more restrictions, none.Pratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 19 June 2020.

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The Abbott COVID-19 guessing gameGov. Greg Abbott is treating the response to COVID-19 like a guessing game for local officials and business owners trying to keep Texans safe during a pandemic.

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TribCast: COVID-19 record highs, foster children in harm's way and a victory for LGBTQ workersOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Emma and Shannon about record high coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, a damning report of Texas foster care and a Supreme Court ruling on protections for LGBTQ workers.

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Texans players to watch in training campThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson share their Texans players to watch once training camp arrives and the contract extension talks for QB Deshaun Watson on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Abbott's hectoring is liberal patrician behaviorPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 17 June 2020.

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On Texans players and positive coronavirus testsOn Texans players and positive coronavirus tests The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss Texans players testing positive for COVID-19 and how it's just the tip of the iceberg on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Second wave? Where was the first?Pratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 16 June 2020.

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Texas Attorney General has good plan on in-custody deathsPratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 15 June 2020.

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There is action we can take soon to counter the mobsPratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 12 June 2020.

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A huge spike in COVID hospitalizations and talk of reform after the death of George FloydA busy week in Texas politics with a huge spike in numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations, talk of reforms following the death of George Floyd, Republicans calling out their own for racism, and one powerful lawmaker putting legal pot into the mix as a way to offer property tax relief.

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City councils, commissioners courts and school boards raise or lower property taxes, not appraisals.Pratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 11 June 2020.

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TribCast: Racism and the Texas GOP and reform after George Floyd's deathOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Jolie and Ross about racist social media posts by GOP officials, and the group forecasts the possibility for policy reform in the aftermath of Floyd's death.

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Episode 59: The State of Texas ParksTexas State Parks staff is getting used to the "new normal." As COVID-19 restrictions have eased, guidelines for visiting the parks have changed to facilitate the safety of both visitors and park staff.

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119 Peniel Joseph on Black Power and the Struggle for America's SoulOn The National Podcast of Texas, the LBJ School professor and author walks us through how protest, empathy, and action can dismantle racial oppression.

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On to training camp for TexansThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the end of the Texans' virtual offseason and look ahead to training camp this summer on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Some work to make the WuFlu into a racial grievance issuePratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 10 June 2020.

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Texans and George Floyd aftermathThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans' presence at George Floyd's funeral and how Cal McNair and wife Hannah have voiced their thoughts on racial injustice on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Is slogan sharing more important than saving actual lives?Pratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 09 June 2020.

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Protest flourishes over an individual's bad action but largely absent over systematic oppression of rightsPratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 08 June 2020.

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Texas says no thanks to military intervention amid protestsDespite President Trump's threat to send the US military into states to deal with protesters in the wake of the murder of Houston native George Floyd, Gov.

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118 Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly Yearns for the Days We Argued About Reclining SeatsOn the National Podcast of Texas, the leader of the beleaguered, but beloved, Dallas carrier on what it will take to survive the pandemic.

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Leftist jerks object to law and order being dominant in our streetsPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 04 June 2020.

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TribCast: How Texas is mourning George Floyd and protesting police brutalityOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Alex, Ross and Miguel about how Texas is mourning George Floyd and protesting police brutality, and the group does a quick elections check-in.

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How Texas Became A DesertStrong To much of the world, and to many people in the U.S. who have never been to Texas, the state is a vast desert.

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How can Texans improve pass rush?The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson look at the Texans' quest to improve their pass rush, focusing on the likes of Charles Omenihu, J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Jacob Martin, on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Why no order? Many local officials share vandals' sentiments.Pratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 03 June 2020.

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SpaceX Crew Dragon launch for NASASpace historian, science writer Robert Zimmerman of joined Pratt on Texas to discuss the historic launch of NASA astronauts by SpaceX.

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Catching up with Deshaun WatsonThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson revisit Texans QB Deshaun Watson's interview with Houston media last week and share their main takeaways on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Fantasy league: Bickering millionaires stall baseball restartIn this bonus episode of Houston Chronicle podcast Coronavirus Chronicle, Astros beat writer Chandler Rome discusses the many ifs - and the who, what, where, and whens - of a 2020 MLB season that might or might not move forward.

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On George Floyd protests and athletes' involvementOn George Floyd protests and athletes' involvement The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the nationwide protests following the death of Houston native George Floyd in police custody and how athletes have spoken up.

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Texans You Should Know: Kenneth ThreadgillAustin is famous for its music scene. Willie, Waylon, Jerry Jeff and so many others helped Austin become weird.

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Hitting the road during the pandemicJeremy traveled the Western United States over the last few days and has stories from the road about how different states and communities are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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117 Congressman Michael C. Burgess on Balancing Public Health and the EconomyOn a special edition of The National Podcast of Texas, the legislator and medical doctor weighs in on Texas' reopening, masks and Trump's reelection chances.

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There is a bit of a "catch" in Supreme Court voting by mail rulingPratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 29 May 2020.

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Local officials lie when they blame property tax increases on anything but the tax rate they set each summerPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 28 May 2020.

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TribCast: How to vote in a pandemic and Texas' record unemployment rateOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Emma and Ross about the state's recently released guidance for the upcoming elections, the reopening of water parks and the economic devastation faced by Texas workers.

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Property value freeze gimmick designed to mislead youPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 27 May 2020.

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How will Carlos Hyde's departure affect Texans?The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss running back Carlos Hyde leaving the Texans for the Seahawks and what they think about David Johnson replacing him in the Texans' backfield on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Pratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 26 May 2020Pratt on Texas, the news and commentary of Texas. Live 5 to 7pm weekdays across Texas.

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Memorial Day 2020!Pratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 25 May 2020.

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116 Jose Ralat Believes the Taco is Pandemic-ProofOn a special edition of The National Podcast of Texas, our taco editor and the author of ‘American Tacos' on the resilience of "the perfect food."

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Texas agencies ordered to cut spending 5%, why can't locals seem to manage this?Pratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 22 May 2020.

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The single worst day for COVID-19 cases in TexasGov. Greg Abbott proceeded with allowing more Texas businesses to open this week even after the state recorded its worst day for COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

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TribCast: Bars are back, but questions remain on child care and voting by mail in a pandemicIn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Aliyya and Ross about the latest reopenings in Texas amid missed benchmarks, child care complications for low-income parents and swirling voting-by-mail questions.

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El Rio BravoWhen he discovered that I was from South Texas, he asked me, in perfect British English, "Did you know that your river there in Texas is named after our river, the Guadalquivir?"

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Stability invaluable for TexansThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain looks at the Texans finally having offensive line stability and what that means for QB Deshaun Watson and how that cohesion should make new offensive coordinator Tim Kelly's transition easier on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Lobbyist reporting reform needed in TexasPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 20 May 2020.

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Texans open for businessThe Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson discusses the Texans reopening their facility under NFL guidelines and how linebacker Benardrick McKinney is using virtual reality in his training regimen this offseason on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Not admitting mistakes is subverting freedomPratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 19 May 2020.

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Innovating the office in a pandemicCharlie Kuntz's job at Hines is all about making office buildings run better by identifying new technologies like touchless elevators, occupancy sensors and air-quality systems.

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What Faith Looks Like Now: A Conversation With Pastor George MasonI'd never spoken with Pastor George Mason from Wilshire Baptist Church before, but I have admired him for the past few years.

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Is Gov. Abbott doing a "hell of a job" in this pandemic?He's not on the ballot this year, but Gov. Greg Abbott shifted into campaign mode this week in response to heat he took from his right flank last week for not moving quickly enough to open certain businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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115 Dr. Hana El Sahly on Remdesivir and How Little We Still Know About COVID-19 ItselfOn a special edition of The National Podcast Of Texas, the Baylor College Of Medicine investigator takes us inside the high-stakes world of coronavirus research and trials.

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Flatten the bell curve? We don't even know if the plotted curve was accurate.Pratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 15 May 2020.

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How Texans' rookies get up to speedThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans' ongoing virtual rookie minicamp and assess the team's draft picks and top undrafted free agents on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Why are local officials just now looking at budgets? Coming shortfall was known in March.Pratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 14 May 2020.

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TribCast: The "don't do as I say" coronavirus editionOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Ross, Emma and Matthew about the governor's move to pull back on the enforcement of his executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic and a GOP congressional hopeful's misleading messaging on voting b...

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Offensive-line upgrade for Texans?The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans' interest in veteran guard Larry Warford, formerly of the Saints, on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Lunatic libs get a fight for SD14; Vote by mail effort beyond absurdPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 13 May 2020.

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Projecting Texans' 2020 resultsThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson offer their week-by-week predictions for the Texans' schedule, which includes a challenging opening stretch, on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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COVID-19 in Texas: A update with context.Pratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 12 May 2020.

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The virus is food for the "Leviathan" statePratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 11 May 2020.

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Is this a pandemic or a Texas GOP primary election?Remember how Texas was going to go slow in? Well that's over. Gov. Abbott this week said hair salons can open ahead of schedule after conservatives were outraged over the case of one salon owner who was briefly jailed in Dallas for contempt of court.

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More deceptive talk on property taxes coming from local officialsPratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 08 May 2020.

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Ector County arrest of armed protesters. Jenny Cudd interview.Event organizer Jenny Cudd addresses the arrest of armed protesters by Ector County's sheriff and arrest of a bar owner.

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Texans' positions to watch in 2020The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the positions to keep an eye on with the Texans leading up to next season on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Lockdown snitches, rats and busybodies exposedPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 07 May 2020.

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Revisiting Chinatown as the economy reopensThe sudden drop in sales Chinatown experienced at the end of January as those worried about the novel coronavirus began to social distance were a precursor to what would soon happen across the country.

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TribCast: The governor's move to further reopen TexasOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Emma and Ross about the governor's move to reopen more businesses in Texas more quickly than expected and the implications of those reopenings.

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The Hero Of Cinco De Mayo Was A TexanMy wife Lupita and I were celebrating Cinco de Mayo at home Tuesday. We had a couple - or so - margaritas in honor of General Zaragoza's victory at the Battle of Puebla.

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114 Mattress Mack Believes Houston Can Pull Together and Persevere. Again.On a special edition of The National Podcast Of Texas, the high-profile philanthropist and furniture retailer on why the time is right for Texas to carefully reopen for business.

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Looking ahead to Texans' 2020 schedule and moreThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans' 2020 schedule that comes out Thursday as well as the plans to hire a new hygiene coach at NRG Stadium on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Airlines join the stupid in requiring masksPratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 06 May 2020.

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Remembering Don Shula vs. Bum PhillipsThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain recalls the friendly rivalry between legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula, who died Monday, and his late Oilers counterpart Bum Phillips on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Are daily local COVID-19 case number proclamations useful?Pratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 05 May 2020.

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Could lockdowns be keeping COVID-19 more deadly?Pratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 04 May 2020.

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Ep. 86: Exploring the Texas RevolutionIn April, 1836, two armies converged at Peggy McCormick's ranch on the banks of the San Jacinto River.

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Dr. Stephen Balch interview on Pratt on TexasDr. Stephen Balch appeared on Pratt on Texas on Friday, 1 May 2020 to discuss the Wuhan virus panic and his essay at American Greatness.

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Premature or right on schedule? Texas opens for businessGov. Greg Abbott has lifted what he called a "stay at home" order and is allowing certain businesses all over the state to begin opening at limited capacity.

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113 Yoga With Adriene in the Time of QuarantineOn a special edition of the National Podcast of Texas, the YouTube star on how a renewed concern for wellness - our own and each other's — might wind up as one of the pandemic's silver linings.

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Chasing one's own tail in contact tracing. Masks don't stop virusesPratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 01 May 2020.

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Understanding why mask wearing is little more than virtue signalingPratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 30 April 2020.

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TribCast: How Texas plans to reopen businesses during the coronavirus pandemicOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Cassi, Matthew and Ross about the phased reopening of Texas businesses and what that could mean for Texans who must return to work in a pandemic.

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Commercial real estate winners and losersFrom office space to urban land sites, demand for commercial real estate faces uncertainty as Houston begins what's expected to be a lengthy and uneven process of reopening stores and returning to work.

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As the denominator expands, Wuhan virus looks less and less uniquePratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 29 April 2020.

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Tunsil's big deal and other Texans transactionsThe Houston Chronicle' s John McClain and Aaron Wilson review the contract extension the Texans and tackle Laremy Tunsil agreed to, veteran safety Tashaun Gipson's release and what that means for Justin Reid on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Action that abridges freedom should have been justified with empirical evidencePratt on Texas morning update for Tuesday, 28 April 2020.

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What to make of Texans' draft class?The Houston Chronicle' s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans' 2020 draft class with a pick-by-pick analysis on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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A.G. Paxton, it's time to worry about deceptive actions of local governmentsPratt on Texas morning update for Monday, 27 April 2020.

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The fight over face masks in TexasThe latest order from a local leader in Texas for residents to cover their faces amid the coronavirus pandemic has turned into a political firestorm.

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112 Boomtown Host Christian Wallace on a New Reckoning for Texas OilOn a special edition of the National Podcast of Texas, the West Texas native and ex-oil rig roughneck explains this week's record-setting price plunge and weighs its long-term impact on the state's once-thriving energy business.

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EP. 85: Exploring the Texas Revolution-Presidio La BahiaOriginally established in 1721 along the banks of the Guadalupe river, Presidio La Bahia was moved to its present location along the banks of the San Antonio river in 1749.

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Why secret meetings on reopening and why not trust small business people?Pratt on Texas morning update for Friday, 24 April 2020.

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Why do successful Leftists think such unattainable for others?Pratt on Texas morning update for Thursday, 23 April 2020.

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TribCast: Reopening the economy, testing in rural Texas and election woesOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Evan, Matthew and Emma about the slow efforts to reopen the Texas economy, a testing quandary in rural Texas and election administrators' woes over the upcoming elections.

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Texas Cowboy Moves to MontanaStrong. I think we're in need of humor more now than ever before. So I thought I'd share with you this bit of classic Texas folklore.

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Texas Matters: Voting By Mail, How To Save The Post Office And Nonprofits Max OutThis week a Texas judge said he will confirm that voters fearful of contracting COVID-19 should be allowed to use mail-in ballots during elections in July and November.

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What will O'Brien do?The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss what they expect from Texans coach Bill O'Brien in his first draft with the general manager title on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Wuhan windfall to local gov't? ; 4 times more in hospital with flu in Dallas than COVID-19Pratt on Texas morning update for Wednesday, 22 April 2020.

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Projecting Texans' 2020 draftThe Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss and debate their projections for the Texans' 2020 draft on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast.

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Texas Strike Force, Assemble!Gov. Greg Abbott this week unveiled the Strike Force to Reopen Texas, aimed at restarting business in phases and returning the state to some sense of "normalcy" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ep. 84: Exploring the Texas Revolution-The Fannin BattlegroundJames Fannin fancied himself an accomplished military commander. But in March of 1836 he had trouble deciding where and when to move.

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TribCast: Forecasting what's next with coronavirus and the next legislative sessionOn this week's TribCast, Alexa talks to Matthew, Cassi and Ross about what's coming next in the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and the group does some forecasting for what the public health emergency could mean for the next legislati...

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Appraising the Houston real estate market during COVID-19Nancy and Rebecca discuss their recent reporting on the challenges of buying and selling homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

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111 Dr. Peter J. Hotez on Why a COVID-19 Vaccine Might Not Be EnoughOn a special edition of the National Podcast of Texas, the pioneering vaccine scientist on why he believes banking on miracle cures and treatments is mortally dangerous.

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Episode 57: Tony SmithWe Will Not Be Tamed ambassador Tony Smith has built a business around his passion.

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EP. 83: The Twin Sisters, Part 2-The MysteryThe twin sisters were two cannons graciously manufactured and donated to the cause of Texas liberty from the people of Cincinnati.

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South Carolina changes everything ahead of Super TuesdayA resounding victory for Joe Biden in South Carolina this weekend has potentially reshaped the race for the Democratic nomination heading into Super Tuesday when voters in Texas and about a dozen other states head to the polls.

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Patrick wants to restart business in May, Abbott says decisions are based on "data and doctors"Gov. Dan Patrick is telling GOP grassroots activists that the Texas economy could be restarted as soon as the first week in May.

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EP. 82: Exploring the Texas Revolution: Old WashingtonOld Washington, better known as Washington on the Brazos, began with a ferry crossing on the Brazos River along the La Bahia road.

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