A new Trump administration rule encourages consular officers to be skeptical of pregnant visa applicants. But data suggests that few babies are born in the U.S through birth tourism schemes.

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Finding an undecided voter is like finding a “three-legged cat.”

David and Art - Cultural Touchstones

Jan 27, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Art can provide a good way for diverse groups to communicate with each other if we don’t shut ourselves to it.

The Gospel Emeralds are best known today for the martial beat and cadences of "We're On Our Way" - one of the Rev. James Cleveland's favorite songs. 

Roughly one in 10 news websites analyzed by NewsGuard, a project launched by two respected longtime journalists, feature misinformation about health.


NewsGuard analyzed nearly 3,000 websites that account for 96 percent of online engagement among Americans, and found that 11 percent provided news with health misinformation. For instance, references to the debunked link between vaccines and autism.

NewsGuard has a system of rating sites based on reliability. Of the sites considered somewhat unreliable, nearly 40 percent publish false or unfounded health claims.

Hosting this week is Rae Jefferson.  Rae talks with Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, founder of the Waco Family and Faith International Film Festival.  Also on the program, Fiona Bond talks about an arts consultation that could be the next step in extablishing Waco's cultural identity in the Creative Waco update.  There's also David Smith with an installment of David and Art.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Annie Gint

Jan 24, 2020

Stress, and its impact on health, is the broad focus of Annie Ginty’s work. Dr. Ginty, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor, is an Association for Psychological Science Rising Star whose research bridges understanding of the ways the mind and body react to stress. In this Baylor Connections, Ginty defines stress, shares tips for recognizing the body’s response to stress and offers practical approaches to managing the unique stressors that listeners face.

Events January 24 - 30

Jan 24, 2020

There are a number of opportunities to get involved this week.  We also talk about some arts and entertianment events and some things to help get you, or keep you healthy. (read more)

Likely Stories: Girl by Edna O’Brien

Jan 23, 2020

I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and biographies

Josephine Edna O'Brien was born December 15, 1930.  She is an Irish novelist playwright, poet, and short-story writer.  The President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, cited her as "one of the great creative writers of her generation."  She has penned more than 25 works of fiction.  Her stories are heartfelt, poignant, and breathtaking.  

Voter Registration In Texas Reaches A Record 16 Million

Jan 22, 2020
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Three Texas Myths That Will Not Die

Jan 22, 2020
public domain /Wikimedia Commons

Sometimes the stories we tell ourselves aren’t exactly true.

David and Art - Making a New Discovery

Jan 20, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start looking for art that’s new to you.

The Heavenly Dew Drops were one of many first-rate artists to release music through Detroit's legendary HOB Records label. 

In Episode 77 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Katie Selman. Selman discusses her move from Brooklyn to Waco and her desire to bring punk, rap, and rock music to Waco with her organization "Keep Waco Loud." Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Gene Vinnykov of Koko Ramen and talks with real estate experts Austin Hooper and Greg Glime about the Waco market heading into 2020. 


Events - January 17 -23

Jan 17, 2020

From MLK Day activities to the Brazos River Clean Up, there is plenty to do in Waco this week.