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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.

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Council Member Tarsha Jackson, and how big oil cast doubt on climate change (April 19, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: City Council Member Tarsha Jackson discusses issues facing the city, we discuss the fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change, and local baker Hemlata "Hemu" Basumatary from the Netflix baking show Is It Cake? talks about her craft.

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COVID-19’s effect on hospitals after two years, and ask the veterinarian (April 18, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: Area hospitals continue to assess the financial damage caused by the pandemic over the last two years, a local veterinarian answers your questions, and we get an update on Houston sports.

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Another setback for the San Jacinto Waste Pits (April 15, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: We learn about the latest delay in efforts to clean up a hazardous waste site. Plus, Houston will likely face stricter pollution standards to reduce smog. And we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

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What the fight to save coral reefs has in common with mental health (April 14, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: City of Houston employees will now get paid parental leave. And a marine biologist explains what the fight to save coral reefs has in common with her daughter's mental health struggles.

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Hidalgo staffers indicted, Council Member Mary Nan Huffman, and Afghan interpreters (April 12, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Two senior staffers for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and one former one have been indicted in connection with a COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract. Plus: City Council Member Mary Nan Huffman answers your questions. And we hear from a Houstonian who served as an interpreter for U.S. forces in his native Afghanistan.