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 - October 22, 2014
12:22 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Source: Teaching, A Most Embattled Profession

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Battles in education rage on lots of fronts: Common Core, teacher tenure, charter schools, vouchers, and standardized testing. Hot-button topics that pit students and parents  against teachers, teachers against administrators, politicians against unions and each other, and all over the best way to educate kids.

While these are today's favorite points of contention you might be surprised to hear that they are nothing new. 

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The Source - October 22, 2014
11:01 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The Source: Catholics Left Wondering After Papal Synod

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Last week at the Vatican, more than 250 bishops from across the world got together in a Papal Synod to debate the future of how the Catholic Church ministers to and envisions the family. The Church reflected on how doctrine could better reflect practical realities. The divorced, those co-habitating without marriage and gay Catholics were communities that saw a rare opening for a revision in how the Papacy  perceives them. 

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The Source - October 21, 2014
11:40 am
Tue October 21, 2014

The Source: French & Michigan Zoning Controversy Continues in Beacon Hill

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A Beacon Hill zoning case has prompted calls of gentrification, racism, bullying, and pornography. What is going on in the case of French & Michigan?

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The Source - October 21, 2014
10:35 am
Tue October 21, 2014

The Source: Risk In Monkey Economies And What It Means For Humans

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Some of the strategies that have led to your bad financial decisions are 35 million-years-old, argued Laurie Santos in her Ted Talk on deciphering risk and decision-making in primates.

Not only that, but she said that it may be impossible for all of humanity's improvements and advancements to escape the programmed biases of our primate ancestors. 

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The Source - October 20, 2014
1:46 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Source: Is How We Think About Charity All Wrong?

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Frugality in nonprofits is an understood: low pay, people doing several jobs, and anything to keep overhead costs low.  People want to know that their donation is going to the cause, not to the organizations coffers.

What if frugality comes at the cost of impact? Does the current mindset reward frugality instead of effectiveness? 

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The Source - October 20, 2014
12:52 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Source: FBI Fears "Going Dark," Privacy Advocates Say Overblown

FBI Director James Comey has been busy these past few weeks, raising an alarm about what he considers a big threat to public safety in the United States — “Going Dark,” or the ability of people to ensure their data remains secure against every possible intrusion, even U.S. law enforcement with a warrant. 

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The Source - October 16, 2014
11:09 am
Thu October 16, 2014

The Source: What Could Low Oil Prices And Slow International Economies Mean For Texas?

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This morning U.S. oil prices fell to below $80 a barrel briefly before recovering slightly. The price of oil is still 25 percent lower than its summer peak, and the price at the pump is at a four-year low.

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The Source - October 15, 2014
4:46 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

The Source: Congressman Doggett On The CDC And ISIS

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U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin/San Antonio) was in San Antonio marking the announcement of $6 million in new funding for Project QUEST, a program that provides occupational training and education enhancement for San Antonio residents. 

The district 35 representative stopped by the studio to update us on his congressional activities, why the CDC needs more money, the problem with "boots on the ground" in the Middle East and took your questions. 

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  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett
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The Source - October
8:46 am
Wed October 15, 2014

The Source: What Is And Isn't Coming To The Supreme Court, And Why It Matters

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Yesterday, the implementation of two Texas laws reversed course. Voter ID, which requires Texas voters to present photo ID at the polls, was granted a stay by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and therefore will be in effect when early voting starts next week. Additionally, key provisions of Texas' restrictive abortion law will not go into effect, pending further court action, which nearly doubles the number of clinics allowed to perform abortions in the state.

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The Source - October 14, 2014
8:57 am
Tue October 14, 2014

The Source: Latino America

Very soon Texas will be a state where the largest ethnic group is Latinos. California made the switch early this year. The two most populous states, with the most electoral college votes, are poised to remake the political landscape.

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