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Wake Up Beaumont explores politics in Beaumont, Texas, a small community on the Texas-Louisiana border with big oil history.

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Wake Up Beaumont explores politics in Beaumont, Texas, a small community on the Texas-Louisiana border with big oil history.

    2020 Democratic Primaries: Texas Railroad Commission

    2020 Democratic Primaries: Texas Railroad Commission

    In this episode, we very quickly run through the basics of the controversial Texas Railroad Commission (spoiler alert, I am not a fan) and briefly talk about the candidates running in this primary. It’s short but it ain’t sweet. Wake Up Beaumont!

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    • 17 min
    2020 Primaries: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

    2020 Primaries: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

    In this episode we are looking at the Democratic candidates for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that got a lot of national attention last year from celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Rihanna toward the end of 2019. We learn about what the exactly the court does and who the candidates are.


    There is a really easy to understand Court Structure Chart  and a chart about Functions and funding of the court.


    Judge Qualifications


    The Rodney Reed story.
    Innocence Project

    Candidates

    David Wood

            Timothy Cole

    Elizabeth Davis Frizell

    Texas in trouble over voter registration

    William Pierrat Demond

           Iretha Lily

    Tina Clinton

    Steve Miears

    • 22 min
    2020 Primaries: Democratic Party Chair

    2020 Primaries: Democratic Party Chair

    Keep reading for resources and links!

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    • 37 min
    Media Literacy with Michael Saar

    Media Literacy with Michael Saar

    This episode first aired before the 2018 mid-term elections. There is so much in this episode that is so relevant to the same arguments that we are having over sharing articles on facebook, spreading lies through social media, and divisiveness. I enjoyed revisiting this conversation with Michael and hearing my growth as a podcaster in this episode!

    Doug Chayka for The New York Times
    Sources

    Articles/E-books (Media in general)

    – Study about social media

    – Fake news and Facebook

    – Repetition Makes Us Believe Misinformation

    – The Debunking Handbook

       Articles (Russian Interference)

             – A Russian Facebook page organized[source 1] a protest [source 2] in Texas

    – A Timeline of the Russia Investigation and Donald Trump

              – Fake News for $$$

    Websites

    – First Draft – Uses research based methods to fight misinformation WHICH gets a

    mention in How Real is Fake News below.

    – Web Literacy online handbook

           – Online course: Calling B******t

    Podcasts

    – How Science Created Morons – how one of the worst ideas in science got a big push

    from a bad study and intellectuals of the day lapped it up

    Video

    – Scientific Studies with John Oliver and a companion Vox article

    – Circular Reporting as a cute cartoon

           – Ted Talk: How Real is Fake News?

    – Ted Talk: Information Literacy

    Quiz

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    • 38 min
    Defining Home: feat Jenny Wilson and Daniel Valdez

    Defining Home: feat Jenny Wilson and Daniel Valdez

    Writer Jenny Wilson and poet Daniel Valdez sit down to read poems inspired by life in Southeast Texas and how politics, life, and art all intersect in ways that can’t be traced. 

    Find out about the organization Jenny founded, Treat it Forward, and Daniel’s poetry group, Beaumont Poetry.

    • 20 min
    The Judge’s New Robes: Mitch Templeton

    The Judge’s New Robes: Mitch Templeton

    In this episode, I follow up with Mitch Templeton of the 172nd District Court, elected  to the court in 2018. We have a conversation about what his first year on the bench has been like, if he’s kept his campaign promises, and what changes are coming to the Jefferson County judicial court system.



    Resources for the episode.

    58% of Americans don’t have savings.

    The difference between bail and bail bonds.

    A great article about the behind the scenes look of the bail bond industry

    Nathan Hecht calls for reform.

    HB 2020

    Bills that passed and died in the 2019 session.

    The commission Abbott started about judicial reform.

    Make sure you can be called for jury duty by following up with the District Clerk.

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Customer Reviews

lanefortenberry ,

Super informative podcast about local politics!

Julia does a wonderful job keeping SETX up to date on everything we need to know going on with local politics, as well as national topics of interest. Highly recommend this show!

Bowman747 ,

Must listen for Beaumont Texans

WUB is a crucial podcast for any voting citizens of Beaumont and Jefferson County. Julia breaks down each position and the candidates so that you can go to the polls with as an informed voter. 10/10 will listen again.

Dinodonny ,

Fantastic Local Podcast!

I love this podcast because it talks about local politics in a way that isn’t confusing. It breaks down the elections being voted on and provides information we all need to know that is actually hard to find. Thanks Julia for taking the time to sit down and explain these things to the general public-it really is a big help. Also, the quote from that last episode is Sara Shepard from “Pretty Little Liars.” 😊😋 Keep up the excellent work!

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