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 - December 22, 2014
11:38 am
Mon December 22, 2014

The Source: The District 123 Special Election

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When Mike Villareal resigned to run for San Antonio Mayor, he left his seat in the Texas House of Representatives vacant. A special election has been called for Jan. 6th of 2015, a mere two weeks away. 

District 123 encompasses San Antonio's center, from Farm-to-Market road 1502--north of loop Interstate-Highway 410--to Interstate 10 on the south side.

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The Source - December 19, 2014
10:43 am
Fri December 19, 2014

The Source: AACOG Get's New Leadership

Credit Alamo Area Council of Governments

The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) has hired a new executive director and their choice, Diane Rath, will have a lot of work ahead of her. 

AACOG has had a rough year. It had its wrist slapped by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality this year. TCEQ accused AACOG of releasing oil and gas pollution data into the community before TCEQ allowed. TCEQ eliminated 25 percent of AACOG's budget shortly thereafter.

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The Source - December 18, 2014
1:37 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

The Source: Climate Change And Business In Texas

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UPDATE:  This segment was canceled due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.

A new study find that Texas may be looking at losing $20 billion worth of its best real estate. Former San Antonio Mayor and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros, argued in a recent op-ed that the future will be bleak for Texas' economy if we don't start dealing with climate change. 

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The Source -
5:16 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

The Source: Normalizing Relations With Cuba

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Big changes are coming to the United States' relationship with the island nation of Cuba. Just 90 miles from Florida, the two countries have been locked in a cold war strategy of cold shoulders for 55 years. Today President Obama announced the two nations would again establish regular diplomatic relations, exchanging ambassadors and having embassies in their respective capitals.

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The Source - December 17, 2014
11:57 am
Wed December 17, 2014

The Source: Challenges In The Texas Education System

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Governor-elect, Greg Abbott has touted education as one of his key areas when he takes the reigns next month. Texas ranks nearly last--46th out of 50--in per student spending on education, and dead last in the percentage of residents with a high school diploma. 

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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

Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

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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