Houston Matters

Full Show: World Series Preview, And Author Mark Bowden (Oct. 23, 2017)

On Monday’s Houston Matters: We preview the Astros-Dodgers World Series. Author Mark Bowden talks about how one battle changed the course of the Vietnam War — and Americans’ attitudes about the conflict back home. Plus Jeff Balke discusses all the other developments in Houston sports.

On Monday’s Houston Matters: The Astros are in Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers Tuesday night (Oct. 24) in Game 1 of the World Series after knocking off the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. The Astros are the first team to win a pennant in both leagues, having won the National League crown in 2005 before being swept by the White Sox in the Fall Classic. But, this time, fans are hoping for different results. We preview the World Series with Jeff Balke.

Also this hour: The battle for the Vietnamese city of Hue was a turning point in the war – both on the ground in Vietnam and for the American public back home. That’s why author Mark Bowden has made it the subject of his most recent book, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam. Bowden, the author of such books as Black Hawk Down, holds an event tonight (Oct. 23) at 7 at Brazos Bookstore. He tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about the city of Hue, its capture, the bloody battle to retake it, and how it changed Americans’ perception of the war – and their government.

Plus: Jeff Balke returns to discuss all the non-Astros news in his usual Monday morning recap of all things Houston sports.

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