The Source

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

The Source is a daily, one-hour call-in talk program 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 5, 2014
10:51 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Source: The Impact Of The "Right To Be Forgotten"

Credit Flickr user: Jerod Tarbell / cc

The European Union has compelled U.S. companies to allow their citizens to delete links to information, including public records, from showing up on their search engines. Google lost a case in May that cemented the EU's data protection policy that leaders call the 'right to be forgotten.'

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The Source - June 5, 2014
10:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

The Source: State-Supported Living Centers On The Chopping Block

San Antonio State Supported Living Center.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Last month a bi-partisan panel of state legislators recommended that nearly half of Texas' state-supported living centers (SSLC) be closed.

The institutions are meant as locked-down homes for the mentally disabled who need 24 hour care or, in some cases, have broken the law. But the facilities themselves have been accused of breaking the law; from neglect and improper care to assault.

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The Source - June 4, 2014
2:48 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Source: Unprecedented Environmental Stressors Killing Trees

Evidence of Hypoxylon cankers on an oak tree in Lufkin, Texas
Credit Texas A&M Forest Service

Years of drought have stretched the water supply pretty thin in Texas. Watering yards is not at the top of the priority list, but maybe when it comes to your tree it should be.

The stress being put on trees across Texas is unprecedented and leaving trees vulnerable to a number of issues.

Outbreaks of hypoxylon, a usually fatal disease affecting hardwood trees, are far above average. 

Is it time to ditch the grass and just water the tree?

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The Source - June 4, 2014
12:49 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

The Source: Are Changes Needed At The Public Defender's Office?

Credit San Antonio Current

The Bexar County public defender's office has been accused of having no leadership or management by a current appellate public defender.

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The Source - June 3, 2014
4:38 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

The Source: Payday Lenders See Big Payday Despite City Efforts

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There are more payday loan shops than Starbucks in Texas, with 200 right here in San Antonio. 

A new study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities showed that payday lenders in Texas made more last year than ever despite giving out fewer loans.

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The Source - June 3, 2014
10:32 am
Tue June 3, 2014

The Source: For-Profit Colleges Targeting Homeless And Vulnerable Youth

Credit Flickr user Corey Seeman (cseeman) / cc

For-profit colleges have been targeting, and at times exploiting, the most vulnerable students in order to make money. That is the allegation being lobbied by countless organizations.

One such organization is Covenant House International, a nonprofit advocacy and suite of services for homeless youth operating in 21 cities across the U.S. and Latin America.

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The Source - June 2, 2014
12:38 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

The Source: Good For You, Great For Me, The Art Of Negotiation

The era of win-win negotiation have been popular since the 80s, but how to get more from a negotiation is always at the forefront of the mind from the board room; from asking your boss for a raise, to making public policy. 

We all want to "win" but how do we do it while maintaining trust and keeping relationships open. The science of influence and the power of negotiation are the topic of this segment and the new book "Good For You, Great For Me" (Public Affairs) by Lawrence Susskind.

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The Source - June 2, 2014
9:58 am
Mon June 2, 2014

The Source: EPA Calls For 30% Coal Cuts By 2030

Credit Louise Vest (Flikr.com User: OneEighteen)

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced it wants a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. The draft rule announced in a press conference is the largest cut ever asked for on power plants. 

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The Source - May 29, 2014
4:45 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Source: Is The Secret To Longevity Hiding In Other Species?

The Naked Mole Rat lives 7 times longer than its mouse cousin, can't be poisoned, and may hold keys to longevity
Kevin McGee http://bit.ly/1jxWtiE

  When people see a Naked Mole Rat, they don't see an animal whose genetic make-up could hold the keys to longevity. They see an objectively ugly creature, if such a thing exists. The Barshop Institute at University of Texas Health Science Center studies these animals genetics because they seem to be impervious to many poisons, live more than 7 times longer than their mice cousins and don't develop cancers. 

What can we learn from other animals genetics for our own existence? What are some future research opportunities to extend life?

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The Source - May 29, 2014
10:04 am
Thu May 29, 2014

The Source: Saving Bat Colony All About Finding The Money

Credit Hill Country Alliance

The future of the Bracken Bat cave is far from resolved. The cave, which has the largest maternal bat colony in the world, made news last summer when Galo Properties announced a planned housing development near the cave. The announcement caused an uproar from both water conservation and bat advocates.

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