Read State: Evan Smith

Welcome to “Read State,” a recurring TM Daily Post feature in which we ask noteworthy Texans—from writers and singers to athletes and politicians—what they’re reading. Today we bring you the reading habits of Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune and former editor of TEXAS MONTHLY.

Cecile Richards on the ‘Daily Show’

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards sat down with Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Wednesday.

In a two-part interview, the daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards talked about contraception, sex education, and how Texas regulations “really demean women.”  

In part one, Richards says, “We do more to prevent unintended pregnancy and the need for abortion than any organization in this country:”

Innocence Project

Editor’s note: David Hanners, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Dallas Morning News, wrote more than forty stories about the Kerry Max Cook case, starting in 1988, and broke much of the news that is now used by Cook’s lawyers and supporters as evidence of his innocence. Hanners won a Gavel Award from the State Bar of Texas for his coverage of Cook. He currently writes for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Two “Top Chef Finalists” Are Texans

Top Chef: Texas moved one step closer to the end last night, leaving the state for Whistler, British Columbia (where, incidentally, for all the snowy vistas, it was only 46 degrees today) and an especially-ludicrous Winter Olympics-themed series of competitions.

For the first challenge, the four remaining “cheftestants” were asked to cook while riding up and down Whistler-Blackcomb’s 2.73 mile Peak-2-Peak gondola:


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