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Pension Conversations & the Evolution of the Passing Game in Football: Friday’s Show (October 14, 2016)

During this fundraising week, Houston Matters is highlighting coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit a number of times over the course of the last year, like campus carry, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic. Today, though, we turn our […]

Fundraising Banner Fall 2016During this fundraising week, Houston Matters is highlighting coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit a number of times over the course of the last year, like campus carry, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic.

Today, though, we turn our attention to a topic of critical importance to the city of Houston – how to address its unfunded pension obligations. We’ve explored this issue from a variety of perspectives with a number of key stakeholders, and we’ll hear highlights from conversations on the topic with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, City Controller Chris Brown and State Senator Paul Bettencourt.

Also this hour…

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. On this edition, we discuss the CEO of Backpage.com being arrested in Houston and renewed attempts to tackle Houston’s stray animal population. This week’s panel includes: Mary Flood, blogger and Androvett legal consultant, Tamara Tabo, who writes about the law and politics at AboveTheLaw.com, and Charles Kuffner, who writes the political blog Off the Kuff.

The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football

The modern football game is filled with high-octane offense built around quarterbacks efficiently passing the ball, often deep down field. But that’s a relatively new phenomenon in the more than century-old history of football. Author and journalist SC Gwynne tells Houston Matters producer Paige Phelps he attributes this modern transformation to Texas college football coaches Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, whom he writes about it in his latest book, The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football.

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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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