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How Does One Become an Expert?

Houston Matters talks to, well, some experts to learn how they developed specific skill sets in their field.

From left to right: Political experts Jay Aiyer, Brandon Rottinghaus and Jerónimo Cortina take about Texas primaries results on March 7th, 2018.
Some of Houston Public Media’s favorite go-to experts on politics (L-R): Jay Aiyer, Brandon Rottinghaus and Jerónimo Cortina.


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For Houston Matters, we regularly dive into all kinds of specialized topics related to politics, health care, energy — whatever is going on in Houston or the world around us. And, for those topics, we try to bring in guests that have the knowledge and expertise to discuss them at length and answer whatever questions we, or our listeners, might have.

But it's often easy to take that expertise for granted, but what goes into developing such knowledge? How does one become an expert?

In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks to — you guessed it — a couple experts: Dr. Joseph Kass oversees a number of students going through medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, and Loren Steffy is one of our regular go-to experts for topics on the energy industry.