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‘Jenny’s Law’ Protects Rape Victims, and DA Kim Ogg Fields Questions: Thursday’s Show (June 15, 2017)

Harris County crime victims have more protection now. That’s because of legislation Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month. Jenny’s Law is named in honor of a rape survivor who was held in the Harris County Jail in 2015 to ensure her testimony. The law goes into effect Sept 1. On this edition of […]

Marijuana Diversion Program Kim OggHarris County crime victims have more protection now. That’s because of legislation Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month. Jenny’s Law is named in honor of a rape survivor who was held in the Harris County Jail in 2015 to ensure her testimony. The law goes into effect Sept 1. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg about the new law, and discuss what other criminal justice issues.

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The Propeller Group Comes to Houston

The Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston is hosting the first major institutional exhibition by an art collective out of LA that’s dedicated to elevating the Vietnamese voice on the international arts and culture scene. They’re called The Propeller Group, and their art is anchored in Vietnam’s past and present, making the exhibition especially relevant to Houston – home to one of the largest Vietnamese American populations in the U.S. Maggie Martin sits down with one of the group’s founders, Tuan Andrew Nguyen.

Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”

When Igor Stravinsky’s famous — and perhaps infamous — ballet: The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, it caused riots in the streets with the almost primitive sounds of the music – and equally primitive choreography depicting a story of human sacrifice. Now, the piece is widely considered one of the most important works of the 20th century.

The downtown Houston theater venue Rec Room is opening its season this year with a modern interpretation of the ballet, and Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn spoke with choreographer Laura Gutierrez and director Matt Hune to learn more about the production and why the piece was so controversial in its time.

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