Justin Martin | KERA News

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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In 1936, Fair Park in Dallas hosted a State Fair on steroids. The Texas Centennial Exposition was a five-month long celebration of Texas culture and of the state's independence from Mexico. Many say this event helped put Dallas on the map.

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UT Southwestern Medical Center just opened a $17 million microscope center – not the kind we used in science class, but super-powered microscopes. Michael Rosen with UT Southwestern talks about what these microscopes will find.

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Museums protect priceless artwork not just by using velvet ropes or security guards. They use science, too. 

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After building a retail empire selling video games, Grapevine-based GameStop is going to start publishing them. The company last month announced the creation of an independent division, called GameTrust, that will fund and publish video games. Mark Stanley is vice president of internal development and diversification at GameStop.

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Governor Greg Abbott says the status quo at Child Protective Services is unacceptable. On Monday, he appointed new leaders for CPS and the agency that oversees CPS. 

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Dallas officials have taken a big step toward preserving something unusual in the city: Not an old building, but a natural spring.

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Some North Texas school districts say they’re out millions of dollars due to a software glitch, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report this week. 

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Millions of Americans suffer from memory loss - it could be from Alzheimer’s disease, a traumatic brain injury from the battlefield – or even a car wreck. UT Southwestern Medical Center is working with several universities on an ambitious project to stop memory loss

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Research in Texas shows for the first time that electromagnetic fields from things like cellphone towers and power lines can amplify pain in people.

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KERA’s One Crisis Away project looks at life on the financial edge. Today: our addiction to credit cards. A report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston shows that despite the shaky economy, our credit habits are hard to break.

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Millennials are the largest generation in the United States today and politicians want their vote. But we don’t know a lot about their voting habits. Alexander Heffner has studied millennials. He’s host of PBS’ "The Open Mind."

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A new type of weather radar is being tested in North Texas – it was used during December’s deadly tornadoes; and it has a long name: Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of The Atmosphere or CASA. Mark Fox is with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth and he explores the future of Texas weather technology.

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The top local news stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: The Dallas Zoo has announced it's received permission from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take in elephants from Swaziland, Africa. The Dallas Zoo says the elephants in question are in danger of being killed.

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Texas is second in the nation behind California in the number of reported human trafficking cases. That’s when people, including children, are sold into forced labor or the sex trade. The crimes are often unreported. 

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This year’s Opportunity Index was just released. It’s an annual big-data report that ranks states on how easy it is for people to improve their lives financially. This year, Texas ranks in the bottom third -- 36th overall.

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In the 1980s, North Texas was a professional wrestling hot spot. World Class Championship Wrestling was televised to fans across the globe from Dallas-Fort Worth. A new exhibit at UT Arlington shows off the group’s outrageous outfits, the high drama, and the loud crowds that gathered to take it all in. 

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The top local stories this evening from the KERA Newsroom: Republican Presidential Contender Donald Trump is in Dallas for a rally at the American Airlines Center.

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Thanks to corporate relocations, more people are moving into North Texas, and that’s just one of the reasons housing is getting more expensive; prices are up 10 to 30 percent in some areas. Candace Carlisle covers real estate for the Dallas Business Journal and she takes a look at the market.

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Forgotten lore from Dallas, fascinating photos from iconic landmarks, and a cornucopia of North Texas history -- it's all online at Flashbackdallas.com. Paula Bosse runs the website and she talks about her passion for the city and its curious past.

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Some people are afraid of spiders. And most spiders don’t like other spiders, either -- they often eat each other. In North Texas, a strange thing has happened. Thousands of spiders worked together to build a communal mega-web -- it's about 40 feet high and as long as a football field. 

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This month marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Japan. Two atomic bombs named ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Fat Man’ were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 in an effort to end World War II. A Texan, Major James Hopkins, piloted one of the planes on the Nagasaki mission. 

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Did you know starfish are in serious trouble? A bug that’s apparently been dormant for 70 years woke up recently and melted millions of starfish – also known as sea stars – into piles of goo. Lauren Fuess is a UT-Arlington doctoral student who led a study on what’s called sea star wasting disease.

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A couple hours northwest of Fort Worth, the Waggoner Ranch is up for sale. The legendary, half-million-acre ranch near Wichita Falls has a history almost as big as its $725 million price tag. KERA’s Justin Martin talks with Eric O’Keefe of the Land Report about the ranch’s outsized legacy. 

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Carbon nanotubes are a kind of material that might be used for everything from reinforcing muscles to conducting electricity. A new variant of the substance created at the University of Texas at Dallas could unlock a future of bendable technology. Ray Baughman runs the NanoTech Institute at UT Dallas

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Prized rosebushes in North Texas are at risk from an infection called ‘Rose Rosette.’ The disease is incurable and has already cost Southlake about a half-million dollars. Steve Huddleston is the senior horticulturist for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden and he joins KERA's Justin Martin for a look into ‘Rose Rosette.’

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Nearly two decades after an ancient skeleton was discovered in Kennewick, Washington, scientists finally have a better idea about its hotly-debated origins. SMU anthropologist David Meltzer co-authored a recent study into what’s been dubbed the Kennewick Man. 

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Look up into the night sky this holiday weekend and you'll certainly see some fireworks, but what goes into making these colorful displays? Amy Walker is a professor with the University of Texas at Dallas. She has her Ph.D. in chemistry, so she knows a thing or two about the science behind the boom.

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When the first earthquake hit Nepal in late April, the impact reached all the way to North Texas. Worried Nepalese-Americans checked in with friends and family. They organized relief efforts. A second earthquake struck a couple of weeks ago.

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A new report predicts a future of extreme weather wreaking havoc on the roads and runways in North Texas. 

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KERA and the AT&T Performing Arts Center are co-producing a summer speaker series called #thinkspeak, which features some public radio heroes. The host and producer of Radiolab will kick off the first of four events this week.

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