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Justin Martin

All Things Considered Host

Justin Martin is KERA’s local host of All Things Considered, anchoring afternoon newscasts for KERA 90.1 & KXT 91.7. 

Justin grew up in Mannheim, Germany, and avidly listened to the Voice of America and National Public Radio whenever stateside. He graduated from the American Broadcasting School, and further polished his skills with radio veteran Kris Anderson of the Mighty 690 fame, a 50,000 watt border-blaster operating out of Tijuana, Mexico. Justin has worked as holiday anchor for the USA Radio Network, serving the U.S. Armed Forces Network. He’s also hosted, produced, and engineered several shows, including the Southern Gospel Jubilee on 660 KSKY.

Justin lives in Dallas with his pets and lovingly cultivates his addiction to coffee, classic video games, and all things technology.

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Fort Worth is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country — about 20,000 people are moving there each year.  But the growth is especially pronounced in Far North Fort Worth — and officials are grappling with how to handle it.

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A new report shows that a serious gulf still exists in Texas between funding for flagship state universities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Ashley Williams with the nonprofit center for public policy priorities talked with KERA's Justin Martin about how this funding gap affects students.

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Young people used to see ads about alcohol only in magazines and on TV — but these days the new frontier is digital — platforms like social media and video games. A team in North Texas is working on a new way to combat underage drinking — with a focus on parents.

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A major initiative that aims to connect students with jobs is now underway in Dallas. Mayor Eric Johnson is launching a new program called Dallas Works. The goal of the project is simple — to help students find jobs this summer.

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In North America alone, about 14 million households struggled to find food in 2018. There are many different reasons why — everything from poverty to a lack of transportation — but Miguel Acevdeo from the University of North Texas is focused on the source of the food itself — water and soil.

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Hundreds of people walked the streets of Dallas last Thursday to count how many people are homeless in the city. The results will be directly connected to federal funding to help find solutions for the homeless community.

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Spend some time on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas, and you may see some robots roaming around. They're on a mission: delivering food and snacks to hungry students, staff and faculty — for a $1.99 delivery fee.

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In response to the opioid crisis that continues to grip the nation, a new program at the University of Texas at Arlington is training graduate social work students to be addiction recovery specialists. 

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A growing number of people in the state don't have a place to live.  According to the latest figures, nearly 26,000 people in Texas are homeless — and Dallas has the largest homeless population in the state.

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Millions of people track their activities through wearable devices like the Apple Watch or Fitbit. Now a team at Tarleton State University in Stephenville is monitoring cattle using the same technology. 

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A new Brookings Institute report shows 53 million Americans are low-wage workers. Martha Ross, one of the report's authors, talked with KERA's Justin Martin about the struggles these workers face.

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From the struggle for food and shelter to overcoming childhood trauma, homeless young people in North Texas are up against many obstacles. 

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Having a strained relationship with a family member may be tougher on your mental health than a troubled romantic relationship, according to a new study in the Journal of Family Psychology.

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Virtual reality has advanced significantly in recent years. What was once mostly for video games and entertainment is now being used as a teaching tool — including for surgical training. Southern Methodist University Professors Eric Bing and Anthony Cuevas are leading a team that's using virtual reality to train surgeons in Zambia to treat cervical cancer. 

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The National Weather Service has confirmed that 10 tornadoes hit North Texas Sunday night. After having more time to assess the severe weather this week, officials determined that tornadoes touched down in Dallas, Rockwall, Rowlett, Allen, Kaufman County, Ellis County and Van Zandt County.

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African Americans are twice as likely to suffer from sudden cardiac death compared to whites — that rate is triple for black women. A new study published in the Dallas-based American Heart Association’s journal 'Circulation' shows that risk might be tied to income and education disparities.

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Most of us avoid difficult discussions about faith, politics and other touchy subjects and for good reason — who wants to get into an argument? SMU professor Jill DeTemple says those conversations are vital, and she's teaching students and academics around the country how to have them without fighting. She talked with KERA's Justin Martin. 

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Homeless people in North Texas face a mountain of obstacles on the path to financial stability and often the largest setback comes from a small expense — think steel-toed boots for a factory job or an application fee for an apartment. About four years ago, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance created a fund aimed at helping low-income families meet these needs. 

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More than 100 people die every day from an opioid overdose, and millions of Americans are struggling with addiction. Scott Walters is with the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth — and he's leading a new effort aimed at trying to attack the opioid crisis.

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The human hand is complex, made up of 27 bones connected by joints and ligaments. The hand is also delicate and vulnerable, meaning hand injuries are common and hard to heal. A new tool developed at the University of Texas at Arlington is changing the hand-healing game.

Nearly 1 in 3 Dallas children grow up in poverty — and more than 100,000 kids in the city are living below the poverty line. A North Texas nonprofit has a plan for a collaborative response and an ambitious goal: to cut childhood poverty in half within 20 years. 

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New data shows that while homelessness is going down in Houston, it's going up in Dallas. The Point-In-Time Count is an annual census done at the end of each January across the country, and Juan Pablo Garnham wrote about this for the Texas Tribune. He spoke with KERA's Justin Martin.

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The UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth is pioneering a new way to combat back pain. It's called the Precision Pain Research Registry. Dr. John Licciardone is spearheading the project for the center — it aims to analyze the DNA of volunteers across Texas to come up with a better way to treat pain. 

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Sen. John Cornyn will join Vice President Mike Pence and other elected officials Friday on a trip to McAllen in the Rio Grande Valley.

They're expected to meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

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The information that the census gathers every decade is critical for the government and determines many factors, including funding for programs that benefit low-income families.

But it's not a perfect process. Officials usually plan for an inaccurate count, but the 2020 census may prove to be more difficult than usual. 

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Auditory processing issues are common in children with autism spectrum disorder. Yet there are no set standards for testing for what doctors call auditory processing disorder — when the brain's ability to interpret sound is compromised. The University of North Texas, though, is looking to help change that.

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The summer heat in North Texas means people are trying to cool off in pools, lakes and swimming holes. But these refreshing recreation spots can be deadly.

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After high school, there a lot of different paths to choose from — college, vocational training, work, to name a few. A new report finds that millions of young adults who are looking for a job, can't find one.

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May has been the deadliest month in Dallas since the 1990s. Forty homicides have been reported in the city this month — that's more than one a day.

Four killings were reported in just the past 24 hours.

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The country's biggest milk-maker is based in Dallas, and business at Dean Foods has, well, soured. First-quarter sales were down, and milk consumption in general is declining. Meanwhile, Dean faces more competition for milk production.

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