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Listeners Weigh in on Planned Parenthood and Open Carry Discussions

And now, some of your recent comments: Planned Parenthood Teresa wrote us following our panel’s discussion on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly about a Harris County grand jury’s decision not to indict Planned Parenthood, but rather to indict the anti-abortion activists who sought to trap the organization in an undercover video sting. She […]

And now, some of your recent comments:

Planned Parenthood

Teresa wrote us following our panel’s discussion on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly about a Harris County grand jury’s decision not to indict Planned Parenthood, but rather to indict the anti-abortion activists who sought to trap the organization in an undercover video sting. She writes, “Though I am so far right wing I could probably meet myself coming around full circle, your panelists who express more center and left of center viewpoints usually intrigue, educate, engage, interest and broaden my perspectives.”

She continues: “[I] was particularly impressed by Lisa [Falkenberg’s] view on the Planned Parenthood issue. Though I am completely against [Planned Parenthood] and abortion, I was also completely in favor of her argument. Abortion was not the issue here; the law was the issue. [Lisa] did a brilliant job defining the issue and the reasons for her opinions on it.”

Stores Displaying Gun Policy Signs

Our discussion earlier this month about stores displaying signs expressing their gun policy amid the adoption of open carry led Ms. R.G. Wells to write in and tell us she is “taking a self-defense course from a police officer, and have learned some interesting things about defending yourself with a gun.” She says, “it is dangerous, unless you are an expert.” She also notes, “I no longer shop at grocery stores that allow guns.  It has reduced my shopping choices, but I am happy to support places which share my values.”

Danielle shared a bit of a mixed message. She wrote us to say, “I don’t mean to be rude, but I find your show very boring at times. I really enjoy when you have the animal doctor on, and when you discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. I also like the foodies, and their discussions. My main gripe is when you have…prolonged interviews. Some of them last almost 30 minutes. Many of the guests just drone on and on, and I find myself feeling very frustrated and changing the channel.”

Well, we hate to hear that last part, Danielle. We aim to devote as much time to each topic as the topic deserves, no more or less. It’s actually very rare that we have any one conversation last anywhere near a half hour, though we do sometimes explore several angles involving a single topic, and in the aggregate, the time spent may be that long or even a little longer.

We do tend to err on the side of allowing guests the freedom to offer complete answers, sometimes at the risk of letting them talk for too long. The onus is on us as the host to keep them on track, and we admit we’re not perfect, and so sometimes may not jump in as quickly as we could. But you know, there are so many other places to turn for two- or three-minute long, incomplete interviews that amount to nothing more than a series of rehearsed sound bites. We aim for more than that – for depth and context about the issues, ideas, people, places and events that affect our lives here in Greater Houston. If in digging a little deeper, and giving our guests more space to express their views more fully, we risk not holding your attention, well, we’re sorry to hear it.

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