Paul Flahive

Producer - "The Source"

Paul Flahive is the producer for Texas Public Radio's live, call-in show, "The Source." He has worked in public radio on and off since he before graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in journalism and political science. While there he worked for the local public radio station, WSUI/KSUI, as a production assistant on their show "Talk of Iowa" as well as a reporter for weekend programs. 

Flahive's love of the audio feature led him east to work for the Third Coast International Audio Festival as an assistant, which was at the time a part of Chicago Public Radio. From there he moved to Alaska to run a journalism-based, after-school program for teenagers called the Alaska Teen Media Institute. Taking a break from full-time journalism, he ran an outreach program for homeless, at-risk youth and victims of human trafficking for Covenant House Alaska. A quick tour as show runner for the live show Arctic Entries led him back to radio.

He is an avid runner (though don't ask him what his marathon times are because he doesn't want to talk about them), and loves Graham Greene characters more than he loves most people. 

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The Source - January 22, 2015
4:59 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

The Source: Why You Don't Take Vacation

The Source - January 22, 2015
11:56 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Source: Too Many Cases For Justice, Public Defenders Get New Guidance In Texas

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The Texas Indigent Defense Commission issued new guidelines for the case-loads of public defenders last week. It was the first time the Commission has offered any such guidelines. Before this, many public defender's offices relied on the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice, which was proposed in 1973.

The differences between the two are dramatic, and if a county adopts the new guidelines, it may need to add staff and raise the amount they pay to private attorneys that do public defense work.

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The Source - January 21, 2015
12:37 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

The Source: Texas' Health And Human Service Scandal Analyzed

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Over the course of the past two months, accusations of scandal, mismanagement and calls for resignations have embroiled the state's Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), all stemming from a no-bid contract being awarded to a company called 21st Century Technologies, or 21CT.

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The Source - January 20, 2015
12:19 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

The Source: Combating 'Californization' Or Losing Local Control?

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Governor Greg Abbott was sworn in today, becoming the 48th governor of Texas. 

The new leader has commented on a few of his goals, tax cuts, education reform, and reducing local regulations that "California-ize" Texas. 

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The Source - January 15, 2015
5:15 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

The Source: The Power Of Movies On Your Brain

Some of the 2015 Best Picture Nominees: Right to Left: Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash, The Theory of Everything

Movies have the power to transport, to teach, to envelope, to do so many things to us and for us. But why? Why do people cry at movies they don't think are that good? Why do bigger screens mean bigger emotional responses, as data suggests? Why do people react to pain on screen with pained looks in theaters?

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The Source - January 15, 2014
10:45 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The Source: Oil Industry Cuts Jobs, Wary State Waits And Watches

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Oil prices resumed their fall in prices after a strong showing Wednesday. Falling dramatically from a June 2014 peak of more than $100 a barrel, the price hovers below the break-even point for Eagle Ford's supply, at $53 per barrel, according to Richard Baird Equity Research.

With this fact comes layoffs to an industry that employs between 300,000 and 400,000 people.

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The Source - January 14, 2015
1:13 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The Source: Who Invented The Telephone? Lawyers.

Forget what you know about who invented the telephone. It is far more nuanced than Alexander Graham Bell calling for Dr. Watson. What got Bell into the history books was as much about his intellect as his and his lawyers driving out competitors through an unprecedented crusade using the U.S. patent sytsem.

The battles are detailed in the book Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent that Changed America.

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The Source - January 14, 2015
1:01 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

The Source: CPS Said To Have Underreported Hundreds Of Child Deaths

Credit State of Texas

A new investigative series by the Austin-American Statesman out this week said the state's agency charged with protecting vulnerable kids has been underreporting the number of abuse-related deaths, has failed to analyze its own numbers. The publication, in a scathing indictment of Child Protective Services, said and in many ways it had been operating with blinders on regarding child deaths. 

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The Source - January 13, 2015
5:28 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

The Source: Should The City Continue Tax To Protect Water?

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Should the City of San Antonio reauthorize an 1/8th cent sales tax that funds green spaces and linear trails, and more importantly conservation easements that pay property owners to not develop their land in the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone?

$90 million for aquifer protection and easements have run out. The five-year program last authorized in 2010 will continue to help pay landowners to keep the recharge zone undeveloped, but it has to make it to the May ballot first. 

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The Source - January 13, 2015
12:38 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

The Source: Where Are City And Public Safety Unions On Contract?

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Last January, the City of San Antonio began negotiations with public safety unions to renew their contract.

The city's goal was to reduce the expenditure on health care and pension benefits that are significantly higher than other public employee packages.

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