The Newsmaker Hour

The Newsmaker Hour was a program that featured speakers addressing local and national organizations on a variety of topics and current events.  Local organizations regularly featured included the World Affairs Council of San Antonio, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio.  Speakers addressing students and the community at local colleges and universities were also featured.

The concept and content of this program can now be found online in HearSA.

The World Affairs Council began the new year by welcoming Director General Daniel T.C. Liao to speak at their January 10th event. As the current Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston, Mr. Liao spoke about Taiwan's current role in the global community.


Take a special look at women living in the Arab/Muslim world of the 21st century in this presentation on gender in the Middle East.  Dr. Jen'nan Read is a tenured professor of sociology at Duke University and serves as associate director for special initiatives at the Duke Islamic Studies Center.

Read is also a Carnegie Scholar whose research focuses on how culture and religion shape the assimilation experiences of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans, including issues of women's employment, immigrant health, and political integration.

What is Chicano?

Dec 6, 2012

Carlos Francisco Jackson, professor of chicana/o studies at the University of California-Davis, and George Vargas, professor of art history at Texas A & M University-Kingsville, discussed the meaning of the term "Chicano" in 2012. Ricardo Romo, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio, moderated the conversation.

Brett Hampton / The Scarlet

What is the current status of teleportation, faster than light phenomena, and gravitational shielding? Quantum teleportation, lightning effects such as “Elves”, and levitating frogs have all been in the news, and are effects that are actually observed. They are also related to the ideas that make such science fiction series as Star Trek work. But are the observed effects really related to their science fiction counterparts, or is this all just smart marketing? And what is the current status of the research? The answers are perhaps even more surprising than the fiction.

Vincent Valdez

Vincent Valdez has been called one of San Antonio’s great young artists.  He was , at 24, the youngest artist to have a solo exhibition at the McNay Art Museum.  On The Newsmaker Hour, we walk through his newest exhibit, America’s Finest.  We also talk to two filmmakers, Angela and Mark Walley of Walley Films, as they discuss their work documenting San Antonio artists.  They recently completed their short documentary on Valdez’ work.  Finally we will hear Valdez in lecture, walking an audience at the McNay through his career.