Paul Flahive

Producer - "The Source"

Paul Flahive is the producer for Texas Public Radio's award winning live, call-in program, "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 and host for weekend programs. 

Paul's love of the audio feature led him east to work for the Third Coast International Audio Festival as an assistant, which was part of Chicago Public Radio at the time. 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 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.

As producer of "The Source," Paul was honored with two 2015 Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club, one for Best Talk Program and the other for Best Public Affairs Segment.

Ways To Connect

Sean Hobson / The Texas Tribune

Jobs are hard to come by in remote, rural Texas, so when large for-profit prisons came to town offering jobs and basically guaranteed revenue to public coffers, County Judges saw it as manna from Heaven.

But now, thirty years after the first private prison was built in the state, the boom has not only peaked, it is going flat in several counties across the state, leaving questions about financial liability. 

So what happened?

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

The idea of brithright citizenship has been the norm in this Country since  the 14th Amendment was passed more than a century ago.

This political cycle, as with cycles passed, the constitutionality and practicality of the idea is being challenged from the right, first by GOP front runner Donald Trump. 

Mose Buchele / NPR StateImpact

Declining demand in China-as well as fear over that country's economiy-has sent the price of oil dropping to new six-year lows today, sitting at just over $38 a barrel of West Texas Intermediate. 

[State Department photo/ Public Domain]

We talk with two historians about the state of big international events in Greece and Iran.

Flickr user Roar Pettersen (roarpett)

Working parents in the United States pay far more than their industrial neighbors for childcare. A country like Sweden pays around 4 percent out of pocket, while U.S. parents are paying 13 percent. The role formerly played by mothers has become a mismatched market with not enough care givers to support the working family. Costs are high and getting  higher, so many families are making the choice to keep one parent in the household. 

What are the costs? What things are parents weighing before they make that big choice, and what role can government and companies play?