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Political Roundup, and Lessons to Learn From Austin: Wednesday’s Show (June 21, 2017)

It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this week’s edition, we discuss everything from the status of the healthcare bill in the Senate, to Texas joining a ten-state coalition supporting the constitutionality of President Trump’s executive order regarding sanctuary cities, to whether or not […]

It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this week’s edition, we discuss everything from the status of the healthcare bill in the Senate, to Texas joining a ten-state coalition supporting the constitutionality of President Trump’s executive order regarding sanctuary cities, to whether or not the president is actually under investigation for anything.

Today, our guests are Jay Aiyer, assistant professor of political science at Texas Southern University and co-host of Houston Public Media’s new podcast Party Politics; and Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7.

Also this hour…

Lessons to Learn from Austin

While we prefer to think of Houston as the most important city in Texas, we are aware that other cities exist here. In fact, we’re thrilled to see Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and other communities succeed because their success bodes well for the entire state.

This week, we’re engaging in a little “city exchange” with some of the other major communities in Texas as we talk with reporters/columnists from each town about the major developments in their communities – both good and bad – and consider what lessons Greater Houston might learn from them.

On Monday, we talked about lessons we could learn from San Antonio, and on Tuesday we did the same for Dallas. And, today, we round off the series with a conversation about developments in — and lessons learned from — Austin. Joining us for this conversation are Chase Hoffberger, news editor for The Austin Chronicle, and Allyn West of the Houston Chronicle.

Language/Grammar

Want to start an argument? Forget politics — just bring up the Oxford comma, or why there should be one or two spaces between sentences, or make the case that the word literally “literally” means figuratively.

What is it about the English language and rules of style and grammar that get us so wound up (at least some of us)? And how many spaces SHOULD we use between sentences, anyway? We talk with Dr. Laurel Stvan of the Department of Linguistics at UT-Arlington about English grammar and its many idiosyncrasies.

Holocaust Museum expansion

Holocaust Museum Houston has announced plans to more than double its size, making it the nation’s fourth-largest Holocaust museum.

Some two-thirds of the current museum, located on Caroline Street in the Museum District, will be torn down to make way for a new three-story building, which will house exhibits, classrooms, library space and administrative offices. The project is expected to begin this October with a scheduled completion in early 2019. Catherine Lu talks with some of the people familiar with the project about what’s planned.

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