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Houston Matters

Full Show: A New School Year At Wheatley High, Facilities For Migrant Teens, And Comedian Ali Siddiq On Prison Life (Aug. 26, 2019)

On Monday’s Houston Matters: Parents and students at Wheatley High discuss the upcoming academic year at the troubled school. We meet a former unaccompanied migrant who’s now a psychologist in a facility for migrant teens. And comedian Ali Siddiq discusses life in prison.



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On Monday’s Houston Matters: With many schools in the area starting a new year today, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee visits Wheatley High School to speak with parents and students. We get their thoughts on the F grade the school recently received from the Texas Education Agency and the potential state takeover of the HISD board.

Also this hour: Immigration reporter Elizabeth Trovall talks with Benjamin Aguilar, associate vice president of Southwest Key for the Houston region, the nonprofit that runs facilities housing unaccompanied migrant children. He was once himself an unaccompanied minor.

Plus, comedian Ali Siddiq spent six years in prison and talks about it in his latest comedy album and television special. His conversation about that with Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty took an unexpected and fascinating turn, leading to a discussion about the interactions between corrections officers and prisoners.

And Jeff Balke discusses the prospects for the Texans after losing running back Lamar Miller for the season and other developments in Houston sports.


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