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Spring Branch ISD cutting all librarians (Feb. 22, 2024)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Spring Branch ISD will no longer employee librarians beginning next school year. We learn about the budget constraints behind the move and how the district plans to keep libraries running at its campuses. Then, author and anti-racism activist Ibram X. Kendi talks about why his books are often banned in school libraries and about his latest work.

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A perceived ‘war on police’ (Feb. 20, 2024)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Early voting begins for the March primary election, and we preview what's on the ballot. Then, we discover what a sociologist learned from spending more than a thousand hours riding with police officers around the country. And we reflect on the film "Reality Bites" 30 years after its premiere and discuss what it had to say about Gen X -- and about Houston, the city where it was filmed.

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Ranking American presidents (Feb. 19, 2024)

Posted on · On Monday's show: Today is Presidents' Day. Who were the best presidents in our nation's history? Who were the worst? We learn about the latest ranking of presidents by the Presidential Greatness Project. Then, we learn how a group of Black soldiers known as "the Blue Helmets" made history in World War II and moved forward the cause of African Americans in the military. And we get an update on Houston sports.

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What’s changed since the 2021 freeze (Feb. 16, 2024)

Posted on · On Friday's show: We learn about some recent developments in education, including some concerns about the way the written portion of some STAAR tests will be graded and news about declining student enrollment at HISD. Then, three years after a deadly winter storm knocked out power across Texas, what has changed -- and what hasn't? And we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

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Candidate Interview: Sean Teare (Feb. 15, 2024)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Sean Teare, who’s running for Harris County District Attorney, joins us for a candidate interview. Then, we discuss what happens when the public's right to know bumps up against an individual's right to privacy. And we learn how a simple test involving Black children and a pair of dolls helped end school segregation.