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Bad and Ugly, More Bad and Ugly, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and More Good: Friday’s Show (August 26, 2016)

Apologies for the bizarre headline, but sometimes our show has some rather wild shifts in both variety and tone. We lead off this edition of Houston Matters by discussing a new study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology which finds the number of women in Texas who died from complications from pregnancy nearly doubled between 2010 and […]

Houston Matters microphonesApologies for the bizarre headline, but sometimes our show has some rather wild shifts in both variety and tone. We lead off this edition of Houston Matters by discussing a new study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology which finds the number of women in Texas who died from complications from pregnancy nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. Some 600 women lost their lives because of pregnancy complications in Texas over that period, giving Texas, in essence, the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world. Why? Michael Hagerty asks Dr. Lisa Hollier of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, who specializes in maternal fetal medicine. 

Also this hour…

St. Joseph Hospital Shooting One Year Later

On Aug. 27, 2015, police inside St. Joseph Medical Center shot a patient, Alan Pean, a 26-year-old experiencing a bipolar episode. The incident raised questions about protocols regarding guns in hospitals. Michael Hagerty talks with reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal, author of a New York Times investigative report.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Week’s News

A lot happens in a week — some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. Today, we ask panelists Kyrie O’Connor, Russ Capper and Wayne Ashley to weigh in on a white supremacist rally, a lawsuit brought by UT Austin professors over the new campus carry law and a dispute over what abbreviated letters best represent Houston. Yes, really.

An Audio Tour of the Theater District

This Sunday (Aug. 28, 2016) from noon to 5 p.m. is the annual Theater District Open House, where many Houston theater and arts organizations showcase their upcoming seasons and allow patrons to get a behind-the-scenes view of how they operate. We asked Houston Public Media’s arts and culture team to talk with the folks behind many of those organizations about their upcoming seasons. We bounce from one to the next, previewing absolutely as much of what the district has in store as we can in about seven minutes.

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