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. 


The Source - December 16, 2014
11:20 am
Tue December 16, 2014

The Source: Banning Synthetic Marijuana...Again

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Going by the brand names of K-2, Spice, and Bliss, synthetic marijuana is far more serious than its whimsical names give it credit for. Even calling it marijuana gives the chemically driven powerhouse an undeserved benign impression.

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The Source - December 15, 2014
1:43 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

The Source: One In Five Cars On Nation's Roads Recalled This Year

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This year more than 52 million cars were recalled. This means that one in five cars being driven today have had a recall. Toyota, Chrysler, General Motors--and the list goes on--have helped smash the record for recalled vehicles in a year.

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The Source - December 11, 2014
11:45 am
Thu December 11, 2014

The Source: What Will Oil Tumble Mean For South Texas?

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Oil prices are down--way down--from their June peak. The release of the oil reserve figures last week from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, showed the country's reserves of 36 billion barrels in 2013, a 35 year high, 10 billion barrels more than just five years before. As global production remains strong, the glut of oil will remain, sending prices--and stocks--tumbling further. 

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The Source - December 10, 2014
12:10 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The Source: Will 2014 Mark A Return Of The Activist Athlete?

Laker's Kobe Bryant (left) and Bull's Derick Rose (left) wear shirts protesting Eric Garner death while Redskin's Chris Baker signals "Hand's up don't shoot" in protest of Michael Brown death.
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The tragic deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police, and the subsequent grand jury decisions, have led to riots in Ferguson, Missouri and protests and "die-ins" across the country. It's led to something else, increasing activism by the nation's top athletes.

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The Source - December 9, 2014
11:18 am
Tue December 9, 2014

The Source: Why Do Racial Ideologies Persist Across The Globe?

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Since the Spanish Inquisition of the 16th century, the ideology of racial division has been used to explain fundamental differences in how different groups behave and has been the justification for conquering or enslaving peoples. 

The idea of biological races has been thoroughly debunked in science, but in cultures across the globe these faux-theorems have manifested themselves in segregation, oppression, and genocide.

Here in the United States, we have seen these ideas well into the 20th century, with the use of Jim Crow laws and eugenics. 

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The Source - December 8, 2014
12:06 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

The Source: Mexicans Critical In Making Of Modern America

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As the shift in the way America looks continues, an estimated one in three will be latino by 2050, and of that overwhelmingly of Mexican descent.

In his new book Mexican's in the Making of America, Neil Foley, traces the history of this important, and oft neglected group, in the formation of modern America. 


  • Neil Foley, the Robert and Nancy Dedman Chair in History at Southern Methodist University
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The Source - December 8, 2014
11:54 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Source: Legal Window May Allow Bexar County To Marry Same-Sex Couples

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As the constitutionality of Texas' ban on same-sex marriage sits before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the ability for gay couples to marry may become a reality soon in Bexar County. 

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The Source - December 4, 2014
4:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

The Source: Bringing Retail Back Downtown For The Holidays

The city of San Antonio has seen an influx of retail outlets downtown in formerly vacant storefronts. 21 of the Pop Up Shops kicked off on December 2nd, giving vendors rent free space through the holidays. The goal is to take advantage of the increased holiday foot traffic downtown, including people touring the annual lights, while making the downtown more active with offerings. The shops are scheduled to last until December 30th. 

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The Source - December 4, 2014
11:43 am
Thu December 4, 2014

The Source: Dolores Huerta's 50 Years Of Advocacy

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Labor advocate and National Farm Workers Association co-founder, Dolores Huerta, has spent her adult life fighting for causes. 

Huerta is in San Antonio for the Briscoe Western Art Museum's Voices of The West Distingusihed Lecture Series. It starts at 6:30 p.m tonight at the museum's Jack Guenther Pavilion.

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The Source - December 3, 2014
1:05 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

The Source: Teen Pregnancy Coming Down Slowly in San Antonio

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The birth rate to teens aged 15-19 in Bexar County is 46 percent lower than it was in 2000, but it was still 51 percent higher than the national average in 2013. Last year there were 2,558 births a decline from the year before. Each year the area's numbers slowly are chipped away at through programs and services like Project Worth.

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