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Atlantic Drilling Halt and 12th Man Trademark: Thursday’s Show (March 24, 2016)

Last year, the Obama Administration floated a proposal to auction off drilling rights to parts of the Atlantic Ocean in 2021, but earlier this month — amid outcry from coastal communities and environmentalists about tourism, safety and wildlife — the administration reversed that position and pulled drilling in the Atlantic off the table. While some […]

Last year, the Obama Administration floated a proposal to auction off drilling rights to parts of the Atlantic Ocean in 2021, but earlier this month — amid outcry from coastal communities and environmentalists about tourism, safety and wildlife — the administration reversed that position and pulled drilling in the Atlantic off the table.

While some environmental groups lauded the move as a victory for the future of renewable energy sources, Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, the nation’s largest oil and gas lobby, told the Associated Press the decision “appeases extremists” who want to “stop oil and natural gas production” in the United States.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss what the halt to Atlantic drilling means for Greater Houston with Loren Steffy, managing director for 30 Point Strategies, writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, and columnist with EnergyVoice.com.

Also this hour: Whether or not you’re one the many alumni or fans of Texas A&M in Greater Houston, you’re likely aware of the school’s “twelfth man” tradition. It stems from a legendary football game in 1922 – or does it? Texas Monthly writer John Nova Lomax recently tried to sort out the facts from the myth in response to some claims that A&M shouldn’t, in fact, be entitled to the “12th Man” trademark. He talks with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty.

Then: Even in Texas — where everything’s bigger — the phenomenon of tiny houses is gaining steam. From homes on wheels to micro cottages as small as 300 square feet, Houstonians are downsizing in a big (well, okay, tiny) way. Paige Phelps introduces us to some tiny house designers and owners.

Plus: The Sweet Potato Queens series of books by Jill Conner Browne tell the story of a woman and her closest friends and how they learn to grab life by the horns. The books have been adapted into a musical, which made its world premiere at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall last week (March 17, 2016). Three accomplished musicians collaborated on the project: Rupert Holmes, Melissa Manchester and Sharon Vaughn. Houston Public Media’s St. John Flynn sits down with all three.

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