This Thanksgiving, we invite you to join our staff as they share some of the stories for which they are grateful over the past year: the new ideas and rediscoveries, the events and activities that have moved or touched us in some way over the last few months. Today’s Thanksgiving offering is a celebration of an increasingly diverse Texas that is still growing, learning from the past, and working to envision a brighter future—a reflection of a place we call home:
Proponents are fighting to save this historic cemetery in north Dallas
One story I was grateful for this year was the story of these activists who worked to get a historical label for this hidden, little-known cemetery in north Dallas. It has some significant African American leaders in Dallas history and was one of the first integrated cemeteries in Texas. I thought it was a really great story and I appreciate the work that activists and historians like this do to preserve Texas history. Texas history is so fascinating and worth saving. – Alexandra Hart, Reporter/Producer
Black Women Who Kayak seeks to break down racial barriers in recreational sports
I am so grateful to the Texas Standard interns. Taking care of them is one of the best parts of my job. I love working with people who are just beginning their journalistic career. They are excited and inquisitive – and they have fresh ideas! Our interns over the past year have been Addie Costello, Yvonne Marquez, Cristela Jones and Gabby Ybarra. We’re with Tiara Allen and Terry Gutierrez right now. You’ve all put together wonderful content for us – including first-person narratives by Texans from all walks of life. Here’s a great story that Gabby Ybarra found for us. – Laura Rice, executive producer
Once thought to be immobile, the battleship Texas travels to Galveston for repairs
I’m grateful for stories that highlight a piece of Texas history and for those that try to preserve it. During her service, USS Texas sailed some of the world’s most treacherous waters and is one of only eight ships to see service in both world wars. After her decommissioning, the Texas became a floating museum, docked alongside the old San Jacinto battlefield near Houston. In August, after years of planning, the Texas once again set sail for open water when she was towed to Galveston for repairs. The day before the trip began, the Standard spoke to Battleship Texas Foundation Chief Operating Officer Bruce Bramlett. — Leah Scarpelli, Associate Producer/Director
In a “conservation victory,” 45 endangered sea turtles hatch on a Texas beach and make it into the water
In June, conservationists found something surprising in the waters off Magnolia Beach in Matagorda Bay. Forty-five Kemp ridley hatchlings had made it from the beach to the inland waters. Experts say it’s the first time the endangered turtles have been found there. David Brown spoke to Pamela Plotkin, an associate research professor at Texas A&M who directs the Texas Sea Grant program. I wanted to highlight this interview because I am grateful to hear from scientists how much diligence is required to find these hatchlings and help them survive against great odds. — Shelly Brisbin, Producer/Reporter
For which Texas Standard employees are grateful
Voices behind the scenes and behind the mic share their thoughts on the team this Thanksgiving:
Comment: “Three Red Marbles” is a story befitting of Thanksgiving
We know that many Texas Standard listeners are grateful for the “Tales from Texas” brought to us by our regular commentator, WF Strong. Today he tells something different: a story about a shopkeeper who makes a lasting impression on three boys.
Oral History Project preserves San Antonio’s West Side Sound
One of the things I love about the Texas Standard is how much music we feature on the show. In April, we aired a feature about a project to preserve a unique Texas music phenomenon.
In the 1950s and 1960s, teenagers in San Antonio began playing rock ‘n’ roll with some of the soul of Detroit’s Motown and distinctly Texan accents, dubbed the “West Side Sound”. More than 50 years after this scene reached its peak, people still love this music. Luckily, cultural historians in San Antonio started a project to preserve memories of the music and the people behind it. – Michael Marks, Reporter/Producer