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Full Show: Enron Exec Released, and Ethan Hawke Pays Tribute to Texas Songwriter Blaze Foley (Aug. 31, 2018)

On Friday’s Houston Matters: We learn about a leak on board the International Space Station. We discuss former Enron executive Jeff Skilling being released from prison. We break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. We discuss the correct way to honor the dead while still calling attention to any negative aspects of their legacy. And actor Ethan Hawke tells us about Texas songwriter Blaze Foley, to whom he pays tribute in his new film.



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On Friday’s Houston Matters: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station repaired an air leak on the station on Thursday afternoon. The leak was discovered Wednesday night. NASA says cabin pressure is "holding steady" and that the crew is planning to return to its regular schedule of work Friday. Eric Berger with Ars Technica gives Houston Matters' Michael Hagerty details on the incident.

And former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling has been released from prison. Skilling has been sent to a halfway house in Texas, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Skilling was Enron's CEO and was convicted of multiple counts of fraud and insider trading in connection with the collapse of the Houston-based energy giant. He was sentenced to 24 years in prison, but that sentence was later reduced to 14 years. He was also fined $45 million.

From a nurse being fired for sharing health information about a measles patient to a Texas Rangers broadcaster accusing the Astros of stealing their “dugout stare,” we break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news.

Also this hour: Public figures are rarely perfect, and they often have problematic aspects to their legacy. But when a politician, celebrity, or famous athlete dies, when is it OK to bring up those blemishes? We explore the old adage "don't speak ill of the dead" and whether there’s a correct way to honor someone while still calling attention to certain issues attached to their legacy.

Then, Ethan Hawke discusses Blaze, the film he's directed about the life of unsung Texas outlaw musician Blaze Foley.

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