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Election Poll and Paula Poundstone: Wednesday’s Show (June 24, 2015)

Last night, Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM and KHOU 11 released an election poll conducted by the Survey Research Center, the University of Houston Center for Public Policy and Rice University. It covers a wide range of questions about the state of Houston — from what voters see as the major problems we’re facing, […]

Last night, Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM and KHOU 11 released an election poll conducted by the Survey Research Center, the University of Houston Center for Public Policy and Rice University. It covers a wide range of questions about the state of Houston — from what voters see as the major problems we’re facing, to their attitudes about potential solutions to those problems and how to pay for them, to of course the upcoming race for Mayor.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we walk through the results and consider what we might take away from them with the help of Bob Stein, a professor of political science at Rice University, who oversaw the poll.

Also this hour: If something abnormal showed up on a medical test you had performed, when and how do you want to hear the news? Would you want the results right away from the lab or later from your doctor? A pair of Houston researchers ask patients and doctors alike their thoughts on this question. We hear what they found out.

Plus: a most unusual conversation with comedian Paula Poundstone, on the eve of her visit to Houston to tape this week’s episode of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! We figured, since she’s been interviewed so many times and quizzed so much on the weekly NPR news quiz, it might be fun to try to come up with questions she’s never, EVER heard before. The Houston Matters team — with assistance from some of your fellow Houstonians — came up with some real doozies. Paula plays our game of Not My Job — on steroids.

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