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Texas music legend Rita Vidaurri, also known as La Calandria, died Jan. 16. She was 94.

On this episode, we listen to a 2004 interview between TPR contributor Yvette Benavides and Vidaurri, who, at 80, was enjoying a second career on stage.


Commentary: A Toxic 2018

Dec 8, 2018
David Martin Davies

 

The end of the year means a look at the word of the year from a variety of dictionaries. 

The top word, presumably, is a metonym for our collective experience of the year’s events.   

 


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The largest nursing home provider in Texas filed for bankruptcy. Senior Care Centers filed for Chapter 11 protection. The Dallas based company operates about 100 facilities in Texas reported more than $100 million in debt.

The company pledged that patient care will not suffer due to its financial woes.

However, the Texas Health Care Association, an advocacy group for the long-term care industry, said this bankruptcy sends a signal that the industry that many elderly Texans depend on is in serious trouble.

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Election Day is Tuesday, and health insurance for those with pre-existing conditions is a major issue. Then, the number of troops sent to the U.S.-Mexico border has now reached World War I levels, and what to make of it (09:45). And finally, contributor Yvette Benavides was at a bus station in San Antonio, where dozens of asylum-seekers from Central America were sent (15:45). 


When Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his re-election bid, he highlighted many of his accomplishments from his years in office.

What he left out was his indictment on three felony charges. We talk to Texas Observer staff writer Michael Barajas about his case.

Then, a homemade political yard sign caught the attention of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. So much so, it was seized by police (11:00). And finally, here in Texas, folks opt to observe Indigenous People’s Day rather than Columbus Day (22:52).  


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Julissa Arce graduated at the top of her high school class in San Antonio and went on to succeed in college, before becoming a star of Wall Street. Arce was vice president for Goldman Sachs by the time she was 27 years old — all this while also being an undocumented immigrant living in fear of being deported. She spoke to Texas Public Radio contributor Yvette Benavides.


There may not be snow in San Antonio but it's still Christmastime in Texas. Sharing your favorite childhood story of the holidays with your own children is a way to keep the spirit of Christmas strong.

On this Texas Matters, we'll visit some Texas Christmas traditions and hear classic stories of the holidays with Texas storyteller John Henry Faulk and San Antonio writer Yvette Benavides.


I need a book doctor.

If you haven’t heard that term before, a book doctor is someone who will take a presumably moribund manuscript, put it on a strict regimen of big picture prescriptions – a look with a tongue depressor down the throat of the thing, shining a light there to see about improving development, structure, organization, and flow. The closer, more surgical examination to get at finer, more granular line edits can go to an editor or proofreader. A book doctor looks at the macroeconomics of these created worlds.

 

Best-selling author Ann Patchett is known for her works of fiction and nonfiction.  Her many acclaimed works include Bel Canto, State of Wonder, Truth and Beauty, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, and many others, including her latest, Commonwealth, her seventh novel, which provides a discerning, sometimes funny, sometimes heart-rending study of sibling and other familial relationships.  Ann Patchett also co-owns Parnassus Books and went into the independent booksellers business when two other bookstores in Nashville closed.

Austin-based author, Elizabeth Harris, brings us the story of a woman who is the victim of a violent act.  In Mayhem: The Three Lives of a Woman, protagonist, Evelyn Kunkel Gant does indeed live three lives. She is daughter, wife, and then, as a victim of sexual assault, a pariah—one who never receives any kind of compassion or vindication—except through the telling of her story.  Elizabeth Harris takes us to the rural Texas of the 1930s—a place immersed in gender and social expectations that bring no sympathy to Evelyn.

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