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Prostitution in Houston and ‘The Brain’ on PBS: Wednesday’s Show (October 14, 2015)

On this edition of Houston Matters, conversations about neuroscience: First, we talk with Houston-based neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman, the host of a new PBS series called The Brain. The first of six hour-long episodes premieres tonight (10/14) at 9 on TV 8. Eagleman directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine. Then, we […]

On this edition of Houston Matters, conversations about neuroscience: First, we talk with Houston-based neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman, the host of a new PBS series called The Brain. The first of six hour-long episodes premieres tonight (10/14) at 9 on TV 8. Eagleman directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine. Then, we talk with author and former Newsweek and The Daily Beast staff writer Casey Schwartz about connections between neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry. She’s here in Houston this week to discuss those connections, and her new book In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis.

Also this hour: Prostitution is an ongoing problem in Houston. Law enforcement knows it. Recently, HPD arrested 20 prostitutes. But to really make inroads into addressing sex trafficking and exploitation, law enforcement is refocusing efforts away from prostitutes, and towards their buyers. We discuss prostitution in Houston and what’s being done to address it.

Then: Texas Southern University is starting a program in radio astronomy. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty talks with astrophysicist Dr. Victor Migenes about the program and his interest in the subject.

Plus: The newly renovated Main Street Theater off Times Boulevard in Rice Village reopens this weekend. Completion of the $3.5 million project coincides with the theater’s 40th season. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin got a glimpse of the renovation and has a report.

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