There Were Fewer Black Men In Medical School In 2014 Than In 1978

Oviea Akpotaire and Jeffrey Okonye put in long days working with patients at the veterans’ hospital in south Dallas as fourth-year medical students at the University of Texas Southwestern.

They’re in a class of 237 people and they’re two of only five black men in their class.

Texas Standard: From Oil Exports To Bitter Berries

Congress could be poised to lift a ban on oil exports that’s existed for four decades. Plus: The fruit that’s actually a berry, native to Texas. Also: How about some Texas craft beer to help those bitter berries go down? We’ll sample what some say might be a beer bubble. And: The man in charge of Texas schools gives himself a final grade before stepping down. All that and more on today’s Texas Standard.

Concussions In Football

In 2002, forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu took an interest in brain injuries when the body of NFL Hall of Famer Mike Webster lay before him on the table. This hour, we’ll learn about how his research has caused many Americans to rethink our devotion to football with Jeanne Marie Laskas. Her book “Concussion” is the source material for the movie of the same name starring Will Smith out Christmas Day.

Think: The Science Of Sticking With New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is a time when many of us strive to develop healthier habits and improve our lives. So why do all those plans fall by the wayside before the weather warms up? This hour, we’ll talk about realistic ways to make – and keep – those New Years’ resolutions with Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit.”

Texas Standard: Foster Children At Risk Of ‘Unreasonable Harm’?

Are thousands of Texas children placed in unreasonable risk of harm? A federal judge says the state has violated foster children’s constitutional rights. Plus: We’ll take a trip to Crystal City, Texas and back in time to 1944. Also: Threats sent to schools in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas. An expert speaks on how to tell whether there’s real risk. And: What makes a Texas fruitcake unique? It’s not the fruit. All that and more on today’s Texas Standard.