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Full Show: The Future Of Houston’s Workforce, And Life On A Boys Ranch (May 1, 2018)

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We discuss the reliability of Texas’ energy grid and consider the challenges facing Houston’s workforce. Then, a former Congressman talks about growing up on a boys ranch. And a new book tells the story of the 2017 Astros against the backdrop of Hurricane Harvey and illustrates what the championship meant for the city.


On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: As Houstonians prepare for the summer heat, a legislative committee in Austin is considering the challenges of providing electricity statewide. Today's hearing comes a day after the state's largest grid operator announced it's expecting record demand for power in the coming months. Rice University economist Peter Hartley explains how current policies and reliance on renewable energy are causing instability in the system.

Then, News 88.7's Gail Delaughter examines whether a system used in other states could help ease some of Houston's traffic congestion.

Also this hour: May 1 is May Day, aka International Workers Day. We discuss the future challenges Houston workers might face as the 21st century marches on. Plus, former Congressman Bill Sarpalius discusses his path from living on a boys ranch in the Texas panhandle to becoming a U.S. Representative in his book The Grand Duke from Boys Ranch.

And a new book, called Hurricane Season, recounts the Astros' World Series championship against the backdrop of Harvey and illustrates what the championship meant to the city.

WATCH: Today's Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video.

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