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. 


The Source - June 30, 2014
9:51 am
Mon June 30, 2014

The Source: Whistleblower Law May Help Intelligence Workers

Electronic Frontier Foundation / cc

Last week the House of Representatives passed a new law that would restore whistleblower protections to those working in U.S. government intelligence.

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The Source: June 30, 2014
4:25 am
Mon June 30, 2014

The Source: Are We Overusing SWAT Teams?

Credit ACLU

A grandfather who died on the floor of his own home, the result of a misfire, a mother who was shot while holding her infant son, a new study from the American Civil Liberties Union highlights tragedies that have happened when Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams are used for incidents once thought of as outside of their scope.

The study identifies a high percentage of times when the use of SWAT teams was superflous -- 62% were for drug searches in a 2011 and 2012. 

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The Source - June 26, 2014
11:21 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The Source: State Highway 130 Unable To Pay Debts, Looks To Restructure

Credit Greg Zaragoza for Texas Public Radio

The woes of State Highway 130 continue as the privately managed toll road fails to meet revenue projections. Last year SH 130 Concession Company, which manages the southern 41 miles of the road near us here in san Antonio, had its credit rating dropped to junk levels. 

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The Source - June 26, 2014
10:49 am
Fri June 27, 2014

The Source: UT Austin's Admission Process To Be Investigated

Credit Marsha Miller / University of Texas

The continued saga of University of Texas system Regent Wallace Hall continues. Despite a legislative and criminal investigation at least one of his allegations against the UT system is being taken seriously as the chancellor, Francisco Cigarroa, announces an external investigation of UT Austin’s admission process, and whether there is undue influence from legislators.

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The Source - June 26, 2014
1:28 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

The Source: Lies, And The Triumph Of The Journalism That Brought Truth

The history of truth in the political and corporate spheres is a sordid one. Our elected officials have gotten us into wars and our corporate leaders have driven the economy into recession --  both on the assumption that their analysis and statements were honest.

In his new book "935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America's Moral Integrity," Charles Lewis reveals the lies of our public officials and corporate titans while highlighting the journalism and journalists that revealed the lies for what they were.

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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
Flikr User: @Doug88888 cc

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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