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 - March 6, 2014
12:38 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Is San Antonio Missing Out On The Live Music Business?

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff is hopeful that Mission County Park will attract more mid-sized touring artists and festivals to San Antonio.
Bexar County

San Antonio is missing out on the live music industry, according to local promoters. With SWSX in Austin about to begin, live music options sometimes seem to pale in San Antonio. The missing mid-sized venues, contract provisions that don't allow performers in nearby cities to make the trip south, and the lack of a strong urban core are all reasons cited by those familiar with the situation.

With the Tobin Center opening, the Aztec Theatre already open, and the Mission County park being completed, will that change? 

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The Source - March 6, 2014
12:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Source: Monarch Migration Under Threat

Monarch on Swamp Milkweed on the Llano River
Monika Maeckle Texas Butterfly Ranch

  Every year a generation of monarchs reach the forests of Mexico's Michoacan region. The 2,800-mile journey south from the U.S. takes four generations of monarchs in a single year. Millions of the butterflies turn the forest orange as they wait out the winter for six to eight months.  

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The Source - March 5, 2014
12:38 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Source: Alternatives To Predatory Lenders

Flikr User: Rambergmediaimages cc

This week a coalition met to address San Antonio's problem with low-income access to credit. 30 people representing organizations ranging from the San Antonio Area Foundation to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Antonio make up the The Anti-Predatory Lending Coalition which is looking at ways to increase alternatives to payday and auto-title lenders. 

They use "predatory" to describe the lenders who charge large transaction fees as well as exorbitant interest rates on their loans. 

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The Source - March 5, 2014
12:35 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

The Source: Wrapping Up Primary Season

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The results are in and the November election is shaping up. District 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, along with former Councilwoman Elisa Chan, are out in two of the larger races.

We talk with area journalists about those races and more. What did we see? What didn't we see? And whose primary seasons are not through yet?

Guests: 

  • Gilbert Garcia, columnist for the San Antonio Express-News
  • Callie Enlow, editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current
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The Source - March 4, 2013
1:14 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

The Source: Improving San Antonio's Highway System

Northbound traffic on Hwy. 281 at Nakoma.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

An $825 million plan from the Texas Department of Transportation to improve Interstate 10 and Highways 1604 and US 281 is in the works.

The focus of the effort is to add lanes -- including toll lanes. San Antonio is the last major metropolitan city in Texas without tolls, and the effort to toll has spurred vocal opponents.

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The Source - March 4, 2014
11:44 am
Tue March 4, 2014

The Source: The Year In Hate

Hate group numbers have fallen for two consecutive years from record levels in 2011.
Southern Poverty Law Center

Update (3:38 p.m.): We apologize for the change in programming but we were unable to get Mark Potok, the guest for this segment, on the line and we have returned to "All Things Considered" for the second half of "The Source"

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The Source - March 3, 2014
12:34 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The Source: Dueling Plans & Shortfall Scares, San Antonio's Water Future

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A study paid for by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce details the impacts of water shortages on the city's future growth. Jobs, spending, migration are all affected drastically if the city continues to grow without making proper accommodations, argues the study.

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The Source - March 3, 2014
11:11 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Source: Big Bitcoin Comes To Texas

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Bitcoin, the digital currency, is still a little mysterious to most people. The peer-to-peer payment network can be earned by "mining," or maintaining critical infrastructure for the network, as well as through goods, services and traditional currencies. A federal judge in Texas recently ruled bitcoins are money.

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The Source - February 26, 2014
10:27 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Source: Is A Bag Ban On The Horizon For San Antonio?

Flickr user Kate Ter Haar cc

The city's governance committee will soon be considering a ban on single-use plastic bags -- bags you would use at the grocery store, take-out bags and bags at several retailers. 

According to District 7 Councilman Cris Medina, the city spends $1.3 million cleaning up discarded bags. The threat to the environment from the bags, which you currently cannot recycle anywhere but at retail-based bins, was the main concern of city leaders and one community advisory board.

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The Source - February 27, 2014
10:25 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Source: Vacancy And Blight Challenge Redevelopment

Abandoned warehoues on San Antonio Avenue (June 25, 2013).
Flcikr user Aidan Wakely-Mulroney (aidaneus) cc

The combined vacancy rate downtown is 29 percent according to Centro San Antonio, a nonprofit dedicated to helping revitalize the urban center.

Around the city center large historic buildings stand empty. Large urban tracts of land around the city hold broken down buildings, like the abandoned Lone Star Brewery on the Mission Reach -- large empty lots are all that remain of bulldozed houses dotting San Antonio's East Side. 

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