Music Interviews
3:09 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Opera San Antonio Looks Ahead

Credit Chris Eudaily/TPR

After a successful production of his family opera "Fantastic Mr. Fox" at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Opera San Antonio's Artistic Director Tobias Picker shares his plans for the future of the young company.  

Nathan Cone: For this first season, what are your hopes? And then what would you like to do in the future?

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The Source - October 13, 2014
10:03 am
Mon October 13, 2014

The Source: County Judge Candidates Debate Future Of Bexar

Credit Bexar County

The biggest race in Bexar is for the top job, County Judge. In Texas, the position of county judge is very important. The state's constitution entrusts the elected official with vast power over the county's budget and administration.  As a result the position well compensated. Unlike San Antonio's city council, which pays councilors $20 per meeting and the Mayor a larger stipend, the county pays its commissioners a full-time salary, with county judge making in excess of $120,000. 

This year's race marks a diverging vision for Bexar County.

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TPR Events & Initiatives
9:14 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Are You A Poet And Don't Know It? Enter Our Contest

Bill doth love TPR.

How do you love Texas Public Radio? Count the ways and send us a poem about it! TPR is having a poetry contest this fall as part of our on-air membership campaign. You’re invited to get your creative juices flowing and submit a poem about your love for TPR in one of four categories:

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3:33 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Mexico Energy Reform Faces Challenges: Border Pipelines & Organized Crime

An oil rig in the Permian Basin of Texas; Mexico wants to build at least two pipelines to import energy from here.
"Hitchhacking" via Flickr

On Fronteras: Energy reform in Mexico is promising huge economic benefits for Texas...but there are big challenges ahead, including infrastructure and organized crime. New Mexico has some of the worst figures in the nation for alcohol-related illnesses and substance abuse, and so Fronteras sheds light on fetal alcohol syndrome. We'll also hear from the state climatologist about drought in Texas.  And an exclusive from Marfa Public Radio: the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area in south Presidio County is finally going to be open to the public.  

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Texas Matters
3:00 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Will Hispanics Turn Texas Blue?

Castro Brothers at St. Paul's Assembly Hall for Send-Off celebration as they head off to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Credit David Martin Davies

Monday was the deadline to register to vote in Texas. And the state’s larger county election offices are reporting a two percent increase in voter registration. That's interesting, because this is a non-presidential year election, which typically generates less enthusiasm. Some are taking that as a sign that the group Battleground Texas is making headway in changing voting patterns in Texas. Battleground Texas is led by veterans of the Obama presidential campaigns and is aligned with Wendy Davis. So is Texas getting ready to show on blue on election day?

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Science & Technology
4:23 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Monkeys In The Search for Ebola Vaccine

A macaque displays at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio.
Credit David Martin Davies

Ebola was once seen as an obscure but deadly virus. Confined to Central Africa, the pathogen didn’t seem to pose a serious threat to the rest on the world. But due to the recent outbreak that presumption has now changed. The 2004 death toll for Ebola ranges between 4 and 5 thousand people in West Africa and one in Texas.

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4:19 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Boeing Pays $23 Million To Settle Claims It Overbilled Government

Credit Christopher Ebdon / cc

Court documents unsealed Friday show Boeing Corporation paid $23 million to settle a lawsuit with the department of justice over allegations that for years it overbilled the government on aircraft maintenance at Kelly Airfield location here in San Antonio.

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Alamo Colleges
3:28 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Alamo Colleges Changing Associate Degrees To Remove Major

The Welcome Center at St. Philip's College, one of the five Alamo Colleges
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Alamo Colleges are removing major declarations from Associate of the Arts and Science degrees, and the move has some students upset. Administrators say it will make it easier for students to transfer to a four-year institution.

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Arts & Culture
3:24 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Ballet San Antonio Goes To The Dark Side For "Dracula"

Alexander Devora

Ballet San Antonio sinks their collective teeth into a challenging new production--Bram Stoker’s 'Dracula.'  I spoke to Creative Director Gabriel Zertuche.

“It’s a very haunting ballet; it’s very chilling in moments. There are moments where it definitely reaches a dark place, and it’s haunting.”

He says Dracula is like few other ballets that Ballet San Antonio stages.

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Classical Music
12:36 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

The San Antonio Symphony Like You've Never Seen Or Heard Them

Sebastian Lang-Lessing
San Antonio Symphony

A couple of upcoming performances by the San Antonio Symphony will put them in a very different light.  First we start with a kind of interstellar light.

“We are going to be presenting 'Star Trek: Into the Darkness' in the Majestic Theater on October 17th and 18th.”

David Gross is the symphony’s CEO, and yes, you heard right. They’re presenting a Star Trek movie.  

“The San Antonio Symphony will be presenting the full orchestral score live” he said.

The movie will play on a big screen minus the music that will be played live by the symphony.

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