Ryland Barton

News Reporter/Host, All Things Considered

Ryland Barton is a radio reporter and All Things Considered host at KWBU. He came to Waco from Austin where he worked as a reporter, producer and host for the local NPR affiliate, KUT. His reporting has taken him from the Texas capitol to small towns and cities around the world, covering state and local politics, water shortages, forced relocations in rural China, and the rise of luxury cars as status symbols in Beijing. Ryland has a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas and a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Chicago. Outside of work, he enjoys writing songs, playing ultimate frisbee and driving to new places.

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Education
12:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

The Growing Fight Against Standardized Testing

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The Growing Fight Against Standardized Testing

There's been a lot of push back against standardized testing in Texas and across the country. Last year Texas lawmakers passed a law reducing the number of state exams a highschooler has to take from 15 to five. Author Ron Berler followed one Connecticut high school as students and teachers agonized over exams over the course of a year. Berler will be speaking tonight at the Baylor School of Education. KWBU's Ryland Barton talked with him about his book, "Raising the Curve."

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All Things Considered

All Things Considered is the most listened-to, afternoon drive-time, news radio program in the country. NPR's world-wide news team provides the latest information on national and international events while KWBU's Ryland Barton reports the latest local, state, and regional news.    

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Science and the Environment
12:00 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Protecting the Texas Lesser Prairie Chicken

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Protecting the Texas Lesser Prairie Chicken

The Texas Lesser Prairie Chicken has caused a lot of drama for West Texas ranchers over the years. Agricultural, wind and oil development on the plains has threatened the species, and could force landowners to change their practices. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is deciding whether to list the bird as an endangered species.

Education
12:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Boosting School Breakfast in Texas

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Boosting School Breakfast in Texas (02:33)

Texas schools served almost 310 million breakfasts during the 2012-2013 school year. That's according to the Texas Hunger Initiative at Baylor University. They've just released their Texas School Breakfast report card, which measures school breakfast participation. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, their research shows that students who consistently eat breakfast perform better in school.

Science and the Environment
12:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Lake Waco Boating Restrictions To Prevent Zebra Mussels' Spread

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Lake Waco Boating Restrictions To Prevent Zebra Mussels' Spread 

Mclennan County has been added to a list of counties where boaters will have to drain water from boats and fishing buckets after being out on the lake. As KWBU's Ryland Barton reports, the rule goes into effect this Sunday.

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