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Panhandling, Kai Ryssdal, Men’s Health and Ronnie Milsap: Houston Matters for Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

The police chief in San Antonio made headlines earlier this month by proposing a city ordinance making it illegal to give to panhandlers. Panhandling itself is already illegal in many places and scenarios in the city, but the ordinance — should it pass — would make it a Class C misdemeanor to hand money out […]

The police chief in San Antonio made headlines earlier this month by proposing a city ordinance making it illegal to give to panhandlers. Panhandling itself is already illegal in many places and scenarios in the city, but the ordinance — should it pass — would make it a Class C misdemeanor to hand money out your car window to someone with a cardboard sign pleading for assistance.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the proposed panhandling ordinance in San Antonio, and then we discuss how panhandling laws here in Houston are enforced. And we explore our thoughts about panhandling in Greater Houston — do you give them money? Why or why not?

Then, we chat with Kai Ryssdal, the host of the public radio business and financial show Marketplace. Ryssdal and his team will broadcast their show live from Houston Public Media on Monday, Sept. 29, in advance of a sold-out live Marketplace stage show on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Wortham Center. We talk with Ryssdal about how he covers finance despite being a self-proclaimed novice in that realm.

Also: We open the phone lines to answer your questions about men’s health. It’s your chance to ask our doctor a question about your health — or the health of the man in your life — all without that pesky co-pay.

And we talk with country music veteran Ronnie Milsap.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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