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The Source - March 24, 2014
6:21 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

The Source: New Councilman Wants Streetcar Vote

Ryan Loyd TPR News

Joe Krier was appointed to the city council for district 9 after incumbent, Elisa Chan resigned to run for a state senate seat. Krier, formerly the San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce President, has been called a moderate and a pragmatist.

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Anthony Graves speaks out on his time in isolation
4:53 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

An Innocent Man In Solitary Confinement

An example of a solitary confinement cell
Flikr User: Derek Purdy

After nearly 19 years and 2 failed attempts by the state of Texas to bring him to execution, Anthony Graves was exonerated and released from prison. He now works as an advocate for reform in Texas. He joined us on our program "The Source" to give us an insight into what being in solitary confinement is like. 

"It literally drives men insane. I witnessed it myself. I seen guys hanging themselves, cuttin their throats, overdosin on their medications, droppin their appeals, just trying to find a way to check out..."

The Source - March 10, 2014
1:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

The Source: Water On Mars

Image of exposed rock layers on Mars, seen by the MRO Mars High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment in the Argyre Region.
NASA cc

 Is there water on Mars?  Two new studies by the Southwest Research Institute are shedding light on what would be  a game changing discovery, flowing water. One of the studies analysis the mystery behind dark, finger-like impressions on the hills of the planet that grow longer after the planet's warm season. Authors postulate the possibility of warm air melting water below the surface that rolls downhill. 
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The Source - December 23, 2013
6:40 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The Source: A Look At Poverty In America

The United States Department of Agriculture donates commodities through programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) packages and palletizes them for fast distribution in San Antonio, TX.
United States Department of Agriculture

In the first segment:

The last 10 years or the "lost decade" has mired the country in debt that we are only now starting to climb out of.  The incidence of poverty has jumped in America, and you might be surprised to see where it has grown most.  

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The Source - December 11, 2013
11:54 am
Wed December 11, 2013

The Source: Calls For NSA Reforms Go Corporate | Veterans Heal Through Comedy In New Documentary

National Security Agency

In the first segment:

On Monday, the largest tech companies in the world, including Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook, began a campaign to influence lawmakers to curb the government's power to snoop.  On their new website, they lay out five principles they would like to see in the reforms from transparency and oversight to codified limitations to compel service providers to provide user data.

Most people hope to be anonymous on the Internet, according to a recent Pew poll:

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The Source - November 4, 2013
1:43 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

The Source: Fasting For Food | Angry White Men

Gun Activists rally at the Alamo to promote open carry laws and lawful public carrying of rifles
Paul Flahive

In the first segment:

Last Friday, states lost 5 billion dollars in funding  for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), when a provision of the 2009 economic stimulus package expired. With the unemployment rate stubbornly high and the economy sluggishly chugging out of the recession, SNAP has been a part of many Americans' lives.  The US House of Representatives has approved a Farm bill that cuts an additional $40 Billion from the SNAP. The San Antonio Food Bank and organizations like it expect to see far more business as a result of SNAP cuts. 

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The Source - August 1, 2013
1:38 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

The Source: San Antonio Loses Some Weight | Augie Meyers | McNay Mash Up

In the first segment:

The city has lost weight according to a new poll.  We talk with Dr. Thomas Schlenker from Bexar County Metropolitan Health District about the city's efforts and how they are paying off.

In the second segment:

"Augie Meyers and The San Antonio Sound Known Round The World" is an exhibit opening tomorrow at the South Texas Popular Culture Center.  The legendary keyboardist has played for 50 years and is known far and wide.  He joined us on the source to talk about his life and work on the stage.

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The Source - July, 31 2013
1:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

The Source: Our Crumbling Texas Infrastructure | Will You Be Ready to Retire?

A section of FM 2430 near Elroy, Texas.
Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

In the first segment:

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The Source - July 31, 2013
4:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

The Source: Dry Texas

99 percent of Texas counties are in drought according to the Texas Water Development Board.  What does this mean for Texas Agriculture.  Last year 12 billion dollars were paid out in federal crop insurance across the country, but we have a record planting of corn this year. And there is no garauntee that an early fall won't wipe that planting out.  

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The Source - July 29, 2013
2:21 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

The Source: Voting Rights Act | Assisted-Living Meets Big Unregulated Business

Stamp Commemorating the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Bruce Davidson photographer

In the first segment:

Attorney General, Eric Holder, weighed into the voting rights act fracas here in Texas, saying he will seek to ensure pre-clearance of voting maps takes place by enforcing other provisions of the Voting Rights Act. We speak with William Yeomans, 26 year veteran of the Justice Department who litigated several civil rights cases on what it means.  Yeomans is now a Professor of Law at American University.

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