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Reacting to Terrorism: Monday’s Show (November 16, 2015)

We all were shocked and angered by the attacks Friday night in Paris. Houston interfaith activist Saadia Faruqi called it “another heinous, barbaric attack.” She had additional thoughts about how, as a Muslim in America, she’ll once again be “expected to apologize” for terrorists. She wrote about it in an essay she posted this weekend […]

We all were shocked and angered by the attacks Friday night in Paris. Houston interfaith activist Saadia Faruqi called it “another heinous, barbaric attack.” She had additional thoughts about how, as a Muslim in America, she’ll once again be “expected to apologize” for terrorists. She wrote about it in an essay she posted this weekend on the Tikkun Daily Blog, which offers a “spiritual progressive perspective on politics, art, religion, and activism.” 

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Faruqi (the author of Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan) about how we all react to terrorism and the position she finds herself in at such moments. We welcome your thoughts, too, about the Paris attacks and our response to them. What can we, here in Houston, contribute to the national conversation?

Also this hour: We talk with “Sci Guy” Eric Berger, Ars Technica’s Senior Space Editor, about the first annual Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, or SpaceCom, which takes place at the George. R. Brown Convention Center tomorrow through Thursday (Nov. 17-19, 2015). The conference and expo will explore how space technology is applied to other industries, including health care, energy and transportation.

Then: Once a month, Houston Matters goes to the dogs…and cats. We welcome your dog and cat care questions for veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller from the Meyerland Animal Clinic. Anything you want to know about the care and feeding of your canine or feline companion will be welcome.

Plus: Jeff Balke from Houstonia Magazine and the Houston Press drops by to talk a little sports, including the Rockets’ rough week, a preview of tonight’s Texans game, the Houston Cougars’ big win over Memphis in college football, and Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus becoming the first Major Leaguer (followed by two others) to accept a qualifying offer in order to return to the ‘Stros.

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