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Full Show: Political Roundup, and Texas Horror Films (Oct. 31, 2018)

On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: We preview open enrollment for health care plans in Texas. Our experts break down the latest political stories. Local film critic Dustin Chase discusses Texas movies. And author Joe R. Lansdale tells us about his writing.


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On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: People who get health insurance from the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act can start buying 2019 plans this week. Enrollment opens Thursday and runs through Dec. 15. We examine what Texans need to know for this enrollment period.

Also this hour: The final days before any election bring with them a certain degree of nonsense – final attacks from and against candidates, worries (some justified, some not) about voting irregularities, and steps taken or words spoken by elected officials and challengers alike to motivate their base. We walk through some recent developments and explore what's behind them with the help of political analysts Nancy Sims and Jon Taylor in our weekly political roundup.

Then, to celebrate Halloween, local film critic Dustin Chase walks us through some horror films set and filmed in Texas.

And author Joe R. Lansdale has published several novels across a wide swath of genres, including horror. Producer Joshua Zinn talks with him about his writing, why his horror tends to have a tinge of irony to it, and what it's like to have his works adapted for the screen.

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