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First Shift, Hot Dogs and Ice Cream: Thursday’s Show (July 16, 2015)

For most Houstonians, life follows a fairly predictable schedule. Wake up around sunrise, work or go to school during the day, run errands, socialize, or decompress at night, then sleep, and start all over again. But that pattern – and the environment that is Houston – looks and feels very different if you work the […]

For most Houstonians, life follows a fairly predictable schedule. Wake up around sunrise, work or go to school during the day, run errands, socialize, or decompress at night, then sleep, and start all over again.

But that pattern – and the environment that is Houston – looks and feels very different if you work the “first shift.” Thousands of Houstonians start the day before the sun comes up, and check out by early afternoon, while the rest of us have barely made it to lunch. What is the Houston experience like for early risers? How does working early mornings affect their health and well-being? Their social life? What do and don’t they see and experience about Greater Houston?

On this edition of the program, we talk with three Houstonian first shifters about life in Houston when your workday starts long before dawn, and ends at midday. We welcome your thoughts, too, for METRO police officer Tricia Sims, The Breakfast Klub restaurant GM Terry Price, and News 88.7 FM’s own Morning Edition host and reporter David Pitman.

Then, we discuss the long-term health impact of a non-traditional sleep schedule, like Houston’s first shifters experience, with Dr. Mary Rose, a clinical psychologist in behavioral sleep medicine at the Houston VA Medical Center. Dr. Rose is also an Assistant Professor in the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep department at Baylor College of Medicine.

Also this hour: It’s National Hot Dog Month! And Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! Not that we needed the excuse, but we tasked Houston Matters producers Edel Howlin and Maggie Martin with learning more about how these beloved foods are celebrated in Greater Houston. Edel will report on hot dog history in Houston, and Maggie will visit an area museum that’s using National Ice Cream Day to teach science to kids. Then, Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse drops by that same museum (The Children’s Museum of Houston) to learn more about a variety of events it’s presenting this summer.

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