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Renewable Energy, Smoking Age and Red Pearl: Tuesday’s Show (November 10, 2015)

The Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance is a non-profit that promotes the clean energy industry in Texas. Starting tomorrow (Nov. 11, 2015), the group hosts GridNEXT, a conference focused on how renewable energy sources can integrate into the current distribution system. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Mark Sanders, the alliance’s executive […]

The Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance is a non-profit that promotes the clean energy industry in Texas.

Starting tomorrow (Nov. 11, 2015), the group hosts GridNEXT, a conference focused on how renewable energy sources can integrate into the current distribution system.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Mark Sanders, the alliance’s executive director, about why we need to rethink the grid, and how energy is delivered to consumers.

Also this hour: The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended upping to 21 the age at which you can purchase cigarettes. That recommendation came from a Houston doctor, Harold Farber. Farber is Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the section of pulmonary medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. He was the lead author on the AAP's clinical, public policy and technical reports. He talks with Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin about why he thinks the age to purchase cigarettes should be raised to 21, as well as what we know – and don’t know – about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

Then: The University of Houston wants to add a new medical school by 2019, but does Houston really need another medical school? We discuss the concept with Houston Chronicle higher education reporter Ben Wermund.

Plus: The 2015 Houston Cinema Arts Festival gets underway Thursday (Nov. 12, 2015), with a unique competition as a part of the week-long event. The Cinema Arts Society has collaborated with NASA on something called "CineSpace" – it's a competition in which filmmakers have been asked to incorporate actual NASA imagery into their movies. Among the finalists screened Friday night at 7 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is a sci-fi short called Red Pearl. It stars Houstonian Uju Edoziem as a Nigerian woman who travels to Mars. The short is directed by another Houstonian, filmmaker Wayne Slaten, who talks about the project with Houston Public Media's Music from the Movies host Brad Sayles.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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