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Polling Places and the GE-Baker Hughes Merger: Tuesday’s Show (November 8, 2016)

It’s Election Day…finally! On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we check in on several polling places around Greater Houston with our colleagues from News 88.7. Then, we discuss some lingering election issues with Houston Chronicle editorial writer Joe Holley, and News 88.7’s News Director Dave Fehling. Also this hour… A Closer Look at the Proposed […]

TXDecides Election Banner PopoutIt’s Election Day…finally! On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we check in on several polling places around Greater Houston with our colleagues from News 88.7. Then, we discuss some lingering election issues with Houston Chronicle editorial writer Joe Holley, and News 88.7’s News Director Dave Fehling.

Also this hour…

A Closer Look at the Proposed GE-Baker Hughes Merger

Never mind Halliburton, Baker Hughes now is merging with General Electric’s oil and gas division. Loren Steffy joins us to discuss how this merger might be different from the one that didn’t happen, he reminds us who made out well and who didn’t in the previous failed merger, and he helps us to understand why this is important to Houstonians — even those who don’t work in the oilfield services industry.

Looking at DNA to Determine a Cause of Death

If you’ve seen a few crime shows, you know that when someone dies, an autopsy is often conducted to determine the cause. But sometimes that’s not enough. Now, with advances in genetics, some medical examiners are turning to something called a “molecular autopsy.” To find out what that means – and to learn about the medical and ethical challenges associated with them – Michael Hagerty talks with Quianta Moore, a health policy scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

The Judgment of Fools

In a democracy, Election Day is the ultimate chance for voters to offer feedback on the performance of their elected officials. And so we thought today would also be a perfect opportunity to tell you about a local theater performance that allows the audience to offer its feedback to the actors…as the show is taking place. It’s called The Judgment of Fools, from Houston’s Horse Head Theatre. Michael Hagerty talks with actor Brendon Duran and director Philip Hays to find out how it works.

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