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State of TV News and Best Breakfast Joints: Houston Matters Weekend for November 5, 2016

On this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, we talk with veteran TV journalists to discuss the current state of TV news — both locally and nationally. Our round table includes former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena, who’s now the executive director of the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy at Sam Houston State University. We also talk with […]

Photo: Derek Stokely. Graphic: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaOn this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, we talk with veteran TV journalists to discuss the current state of TV news — both locally and nationally. Our round table includes former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena, who’s now the executive director of the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy at Sam Houston State University. We also talk with Jerry Vasquez, news director for Telemundo Houston, and Houston media blogger Mike McGuff.

Also this hour…

What Does it Means to Be a Houstonian?

What does it means to be a Houstonian? Is it being born here? Or are there some specific traits — like being friendly? Or perhaps there are some rites of passage — like surviving your first summer (and you chose to go through another!) We’ve got three guests to weigh in on what it means to be a Houstonian: Brittany Bly is the founder of Pop Shop America, Angela Lee is the principal designer of Evolution by Design Inc, and Cort McMurray is a frequent contributor to the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters column and president of Pelican Pool Service.

Best Breakfast Joints in Houston

Then, an excerpt of the latest installment of The Full Menu, where food writers Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Katharine Shilcutt of Houstonia Magazine and David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice Magazine talk about their favorite places to get breakfast in Greater Houston.

Teenagers Recruited as Killers for Mexican Drug Cartel

Finally, the book Wolf Boys is the true story of two Texas teenagers who were recruited as killers for a Mexican drug cartel. The story follows Gabriel Cardona and his friend Bart Reta as they were recruited, trained and worked for the Zetas. Former legal affairs reporter Dan Slater first learned about the boys in a news article back in 2009. He says it’s a story that stayed on his mind for several years, leading him to reach out to Cardona and Reta in 2013 and write them.

He tells Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin what fascinated him about their stories and his thoughts on his book being banned in Texas prisons.

Houston Matters Weekend airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. on News 88.7. If you have questions or comments about something you hear, e-mail us at talk@houstonmatters.org. | News 88.7 Program Lineup

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