Morning Newspod, January 3, 2012
Caucus Day in Iowa
The day has finally come. After months of speeches, debates, bus tours and wild speculation, Iowa Republicans finally go to their caucus sites tonight to choose whom they’d like to see challenge President Obama in the fall. For KUT News and the Texas Tribune, Ben Philpott has been covering the campaign of Texas Governor Rick Perry since it launched in August. He reports on Perry’s final day stumping in the Hawkeye State.
Solar Breakthrough by UT Scientists
By almost any measure, 2011 was a rough year for solar power in the United States. Federal subsidies to Solyndra became the focus of a congressional investigation, after the company went bankrupt. Then there’s solar’s two-front battle between cheap solar panels from China on one side and newly-released natural gas reserves making renewables seem less economical on the other. But Xiaoyang Zhu at the University of Texas at Austin managed to inject a ray of optimism into the discussion that could boost amount of energy harvested from the sun. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports on what Zhu’s team has managed to extract from a “hot” photon.
Wild Football Night
A team from the Big 12 needed overtime to win a BCS bowl game last night. Oklahoma State got a field goal in overtime for a come-from-behind 33-30 over Stanford in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.