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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As Memorial Day passed us by, the big summer blockbusters are coming out in rapid succession. The Avengers and Mad Max franchises kicked off what should be a big summer, but what summer movies are you looking forward to?

Marvel has more releases with "Ant Man" and "The Fantastic Four" reboot. A number of sequels are coming out like the nightmare-fuel Insidious 3. If not wanting all the pulse-pounding there are any number of quieter more cerebral films "The End Of The Tour" a bio-pic about the press tour for David Foster Wallace's book "Infinite Jest."

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Ethics Reform was touted by both Candidate Abbott and now Governor Abbott as a priority for Texas' 84th legislature. The Governor's comments gave hope to ethics reform advocates that dark money groups would be forced to disclose their donors, conflicts of interests would be outed in state contracts, and the revolving door of legislators becoming lobbyists would be stymied.

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Audie Murphy used to get as much fan mail as Rock Hudson, and now in his freshman classes at Baylor, David A. Smith is hard pressed to find two students that know who he was or why he was famous.

The star of Audie Murphy wasn't born on the big screen, but on the battlefields of Europe. Murphy, a diminutive boy of 17, lied about his age to join the Army--the only branch that would take him--and went on to become the most distinguished and decorated warrior of World War II. Pretty good for a poor Texas boy, who was the son of sharecroppers.

In this country, our founding fathers words are used by Republicans, Democrats, secessionists, progressives and domestic terrorists to justify their actions and positions. How is it that the same founder can be used on opposite sides of a single debate? 

David Sehat writes in his new book "The Jefferson Rule: How The Founding Fathers Have Become Infallible And Our Politics Inflexible" that we have elevated the founders to near deity status to the disservice of our national conversation and our civic life. 

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Another survey of religion in the U.S. shows a drop off in those who self-identify as Christians, losing as much as 8 percent since 2007, but still making up 70 percent of the country's religious. Meanwhile a growing contingent of those that identify with no religion has grown larger, eclipsing some mainstream groups like Roman Catholics.  

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