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Full Show: New Sandra Bland Video, And Barbara Bush ‘The Matriarch’ (May 7, 2019)

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: New video raises questions about the death of Sandra Bland, efforts to eradicate measles, the life of Barbara Bush, and Houston Noir.

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County jail cell in 2015. Now, a newly uncovered video of her arrest is raising questions about how the case was handled. We examine Bland’s arrest and suicide further with Brian Collister, who is a reporter for Investigative Network.

Also this hour: On May 8th, 1980 the World Health Organization announced smallpox was eradicated. But, in 2019, more than 700 cases of the measles have been reported in 22 states with ten of them confirmed here in Texas as of March. We examine what lessons can be learned from efforts to eradicate smallpox, polio, and other diseases that we couldn’t accomplish with measles.

Then, journalist Susan Page discusses The Matriarch, her biography of former First Lady Barbara Bush.

And Houston’s very first poet laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda tells us about the stories and authors featured in her new anthology Houston Noir and how our city lends itself to the noir genre.

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