The Source

Monday - Thursday from 3-4 p.m. on KSTX

The Source is a daily, one-hour call-in talk show that gives listeners in San Antonio the opportunity to call and connect with our in-studio guests and city-wide audience.

The Source seeks to give life, context and breadth to the events and issues affecting San Antonio by bringing newsmakers and experts to the public, and highlighting the people being affected by the news of the day.

Tune in to The Source for insightful discussion and analysis on topics that matter to residents of the Alamo City.

Support for The Source comes from contributors to the Community Engagement Fund, including The Gladys and Ralph Lazarus Foundation.

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The Source - June 25, 2014
8:50 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

The Source: Peach Crop Is In, And It Is Best In Years

Nancy Lehrer / http://bit.ly/1iwHMTk

People can't stop talking about this year's peach crop. We'll enjoy it while we can because it's not every year that the peaches come in this strongly. Growers talk about the bounty of this year's harvest and one new grower will talk about why she's getting into the family business of peach growing when it is a gamble every year on what the crop will look like.

Guests:

  • Jamey Vogel, Hill Country Fruit Council
  • Katelyn Duecker, new grower
  • Bob Rose, meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority
  • Rick Priess, grower in Stonewall, TX
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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. 

Guests:

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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.

Guests:

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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.
NIAID / http://bit.ly/1oL0JnZ

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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