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LGBT Workers in the Energy Sector: Friday’s Show (January 29, 2016)

Times are uncertain for many folks in the oil and gas industry, with crude oil prices continuing to drop. But some LGBT workers say there’s always been plenty of uncertainty in the industry for them – and maybe more so now. That uncertainty was the subject of a recent article by the Houston Chronicle’s Jordan […]

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Times are uncertain for many folks in the oil and gas industry, with crude oil prices continuing to drop. But some LGBT workers say there's always been plenty of uncertainty in the industry for them – and maybe more so now.

That uncertainty was the subject of a recent article by the Houston Chronicle's Jordan Blum, who talked with a number of oil and gas employees, some on the condition of anonymity.

On this edition of Houston Matters, he discusses what he learned with producer Michael Hagerty.

Also this hour: We check in with Ben Philpott, senior reporter covering state politics and policy for KUT, our sister station in Austin. He’s actually in Iowa right now, following presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. We discuss developments in the GOP campaign and Cruz’s efforts in these final days before the Iowa caucuses on Monday.

Also: This Sunday the National Council of Jewish Women, in partnership with Beth Israel Synagogue, will discuss human trafficking. Among the speakers is Kathryn Griffin, a former prostitute herself, and founder of We’ve Been There, Done That, a program she designed to help prevent sex workers and drug addicts from returning to lives of crime. Griffin developed her program at the request of former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, to help women in the Harris County Jail build the self-esteem needed to stay off the streets. We talk with Griffin about her work.

Then: A lot can happen in a week: some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. Each Friday, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all. Today, we ask panelists Lisa Falkenberg, Vlad Davidiuk and Fred Goodall to consider the goodness, badness, or ugliness of a Harris County grand jury’s decision this week not to indict Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, but rather to indict the two anti-abortion activists who prompted the investigation in the first place. (NOTE: We’ll post an extended edition of The Good The Bad and The Ugly exploring some other topics as well).

Plus: A conversation with the director of a play about President Lyndon Baines Johnson at the Alley Theatre.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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