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Political Roundup, and Energy Trends Reshaping America’s Future: Wednesday’s Show (May 31, 2017)

The 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature wrapped up this week with some contention — and even threats of violence. Also, lawmakers passed a $217 billion budget to run the state for the next two year, and Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll decide sometime this week if he wants to call a special session […]

Texas Capitol State Flag Politics - BannerThe 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature wrapped up this week with some contention — and even threats of violence. Also, lawmakers passed a $217 billion budget to run the state for the next two year, and Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll decide sometime this week if he wants to call a special session to address some other issues the legislature was unable to settle.

On the heels of those stories, it’s the perfect time for another edition of our weekly political round up with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye toward how they might affect Greater Houston.

Today, our guests are: Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston and co-host of Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast; Mark Jones, political science fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7 (who’s been in Austin the last several days covering developments at the legislature).

Also this hour…

Energy Trends Book

Houston-based energy attorney and blogger Jimmy Vallee has served as an adviser for numerous high-profile energy companies and grew up in and around the Texas oil fields in Beaumont. Now, he’s written a book about changes in the energy industry. It’s called Giant Shifts: Energy Trends Reshaping America’s Future, and Vallee says the country is at a defining moment when it comes to our energy decisions and direction. Michael Hagerty had him explain.

A Farewell to Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski

For well over a decade, Michael Krajewski has had an inside joke with Houston audiences: he likes to pump up the crowd and add a little pizzazz to the start of the Houston Symphony pops concerts he conducts by having the orchestra introduce him — out of the blue — with the theme song from Rocky. Well, just this past weekend (May 26-28, 2017), symphony patrons had their final chance to hear the Rocky theme as Krajewski took the stage. That’s because those were his last shows before stepping down as the symphony’s principal pops conductor.

However, before his departure, Krajewski talked with Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu and reminisced about his nearly two decades with the symphony. And he shared some stories — ranging from which artists he has most enjoyed working with, to the program he’s the most proud of, to how he came up with his personal theme song.

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