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Full Show: New U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem, And Precision Engineering (May 14, 2018)

On Monday’s Houston Matters: A former ambassador provides analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a new U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem. Then, we discuss the pressing issues facing Houston’s education community. Plus, writer Simon Winchester discusses his book, The Perfectionists. And Jeff Balke updates us on local sports.



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On Monday’s Houston Matters: A new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was dedicated earlier today in a ceremony attended by several officials, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Tens of thousands of Palestinians protested the opening. NPR reports Israeli forces have killed at least 43 protesters. Edward Djerejian is a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria and currently serves as director of Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. He provides some analysis of the move and the fallout.

Also this hour: We begin our 4th annual State of Houston series, exploring the current state of education, transportation, energy, environment, and immigration issues in Greater Houston. We begin today by taking stock of the issues facing the education community with News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee.

Then: Writer Simon Winchester explains how your smartphone wouldn’t exist without some innovations from the 1800s. It’s a topic he addresses in his book The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World.

And writer Jeff Balke previews the NBA’s Western Conference Finals and all the other developments in Houston sports.

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