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 and at-risk youth and with 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 it), and loves Graham Greene characters more than he loves most people. 

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The Source - June 25, 2014
1:11 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Source: City Ordinance Takes On San Antonio's Vacant Building Problem

Ryan Loyd TPR News

The city of San Antonio's vacant building pilot program wants to reduce the number of empty structures and increase economic prosperity. The council approved the program last week.

All across the city are a patchwork of developed and underdeveloped neighborhoods. As the city hopes to strengthen the center city, reducing vacancy and blight is the first target. 

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The Source - June 24, 2014
2:35 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Source: Unaccompanied Minors, Another Border Surge & A Potential Public Health Crisis

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

The increase in immigrants, especially unaccompanied children, on the border has the feds calling for increased aid to violent countries and increased enforcement. The state of Texas has authorized up to $1.3 million per week to stem the tide.

Is enough attention being paid to humanitarian efforts rather than simply stopping the flow of immigrants?

As more and more foreign born make it through, is their a looming public health problem as the unvaccinated are held in detention facilities on the border and those that weren’t caught make it into communities?

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The Source - June 23, 2014
4:51 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

The Source: Do We Still Need An Ambassador To The Vatican?

The Vatican
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Hearing the vast crowds that showed up to see it one senses the passion and the power that the Catholic Church still holds, but is this soft power reason enough to continue full diplomatic relations? In short do we still need an ambassador to the Vatican? 

The United States has only had an Ambassador to the Holy See for 30 years. President Reagan saw value in engaging the Vatican to take on communism.  The Cold War ended, so is there still a need for the diplomatic position?

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The Source - June 23, 2014
9:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

The Source: Action Called For At Child Protective Services

Wikipedia Commons

Last week the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services released an analysis of their work by an outside group calling for immediate changes at the state's Child Protective Services Division.

This comes only a month after the Texas Sunset Commission released another hefty report highlighting a nasty culture, overworked caseworkers, and the state's most vulnerable kids caught in between. 

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The Source - June 19, 2014
4:20 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

The Source: The Films Of A Lifetime

Movie Poster for Hitchcock's Vertigo. One of Ken Turan's Favorites

When you write a "list" book, you are really opening yourself up to criticism even if, like Kenneth Turan, you are the critic.

In his new book, "Not to be Missed: Fifty-four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film," Turan takes readers through the movies that left an indelible mark on his life.

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The Source - June 19, 2014
11:25 am
Thu June 19, 2014

The Source: Sexually Active And HIV Positive

HIV-infected H9 T cell.
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An Iowa man who was sentenced to 25 years for not disclosing to a sexual partner his HIV-positive status had his sentence vacated last week.  

Nick Rhoades, who was 26 years old at the time, used a condom, was actively taking anti-viral drugs, and didn't transmit the disease to anyone, but the crime of criminal transmission of HIV in Iowa and many other states doesn't require you actually transmit.

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The Source - June 18, 2014
11:55 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Source: Is Political Polarization A Threat?

The country hasn't been this politically divided in recent history, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Growing distaste for opposing viewpoints and parties has led to a shrinking middle ground. Just how little the two groups have in common is punctuated time and again in the report.

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The Source - June 18, 2014
9:43 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Source: City, Police Union Continue Divisive Negotiations

Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The city of San Antonio met with the San Antonio Police Officers Association last week to try and come to a resolution on their contracts.

Health and pension benefits have been the most widely reported on aspect of the negotiations and the most divisive. The city said that packages public safety members receive are too generous, and will consume two-thirds of the general revenue by 2040 as health care costs continue to rise. 

There is little trust between the two sides as the police officers association has claimed the city's numbers are incorrect.

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The Source - June 17, 2014
4:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Source: Agency Overseeing Sex Offenders Under Spotlight

Wikipedia Commons

The Office of Violent Sex Offender Management is a mess says its new director. From a woeful work environment to a lack of basic managerial oversight, critics are lambasting the program.  The program is tasked with overseeing the civil commitments of the worst sex offenders who have served their time but remain a risk.

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The Source - June 17, 2014
12:18 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio Gentrifying?

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San Antonio is a poor city by several metrics. We have below average home ownership, above average poverty. San Antonio is also a cheap city with cost of living significantly lower than other like-sized cities. But what happens when housing prices valuations start to go up?

A study being conducted by Christine Drennon, director of urban studies at Trinity University, has had early findings coming in and the results are showing several neighborhoods with ascending property values.

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