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Deadly fires in Texas prisons, and Elizabeth McIngvale’s mental health journey (May 9, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: Unsafe wiring and inadequate alarm systems have led to deaths in Texas prisons, Elizabeth McIngvale's mental health journey, a local veterinarian answers your questions, and we get an update on sports.

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Ike Dike legislation moves forward, and Huma Abedin steps out of the shadows (May 6, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Legislation to protect Texas from storm surge moves forward in the U.S. Senate, Huma Abedin discusses her new memoir ahead of an event in Houston, and we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

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Concerns over energy demand amid hot weekend weather (May 5, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: High weekend temperatures straining the electricity grid, the First Lady of Iceland on equality for women, and the costs and challenges of hydrogen as an alternative energy.

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Addressing noise from Washington Ave. bars, and actor Jeff Goldblum (May 3, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Proposed changes to the city's noise ordinance are being voted on this week to address noise stemming from Washington Avenue bars. Plus Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle answers your questions. Then actor Jeff Goldblum talks about performing with his jazz band. And Houstonian KC Davis talks about her new book, How to Keep House While Drowning.

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Ramp connecting 59 with 610 set to close for two years, and a farewell to Andrés Orozco-Estrada (April 29, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: A major highway closure begins this weekend, we find out who the Texans selected in the NFL Draft, we learn what "agrihoods" are, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week, and Andrés Orozco-Estrada talks about his tenure with the Houston Symphony ahead of his final concert.

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Texans’ minority owner on hiring process for coaches and improving diversity (April 28, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: The Houston Dash have launched a discrimination and harassment investigation, and the Texans' minority owner talks about the hiring process for NFL coaches and improving diversity on that front.

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Antisemitic incidents multiplying in Texas, the week in politics, and the Houston Zoo turns 100 (April 27, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: New numbers show antisemitic incidents in Texas more than doubled in 2021. Also we examine the week in politics. The Houston Zoo turns 100. And we visit a local robotics competition.

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Lucio execution on hold, and a Holocaust survivor’s story (April 26, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted a stay of execution to Melissa Lucio, who was set to be executed later this week. Also, we get an update on several recent technology stories. And Ruth Steinfeld shares her story of surviving a concentration camp and starting a new life in Houston.

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Turning a landfill in Sunnyside into a solar farm, and what motivates Gov. Abbott (April 25, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: A new project in Sunnyside plans to convert a landfill into the nation's largest urban solar farm. Plus, we take a closer look at what motivates Gov. Greg Abbott. And an expert outlines what we do and don't know about microplastics in our water -- and in our bodies.

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What Texas has gotten in return for security initiatives at the border (April 22, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: In recent years, Texas has launched numerous costly initiatives aimed at securing the U.S.-Mexico border. But what has Texas gotten in return for those measures? Plus, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week and learn about the new BIPOC Book Festival.