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Thursday’s Show: Special Ed Investigation, Sesame Street At 50, And The Bush Sisters (Nov. 14, 2019)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: An investigation into how special education services are doled out to Texas students, a conversation with the puppeteer behind the character Rosita on Sesame Street, former First Daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush talk about their new children’s book, and the hosts of The Greatest Generation podcast talking about turning a reluctant love of Star Trek into a career.

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: For more than a decade, Texas illegally denied special education to tens of thousands of children with disabilities — services that are their right under federal law. State lawmakers took action, and federal monitors stepped in. But the crisis isn't over for many families. We learn more about the findings of an investigation from Houston Public Media and the Houston Chronicle:

Also this hour: Sesame Street is celebrating 50 years, and we go behind the scenes of the beloved PBS children's show with Carmen Osbahr, the puppeteer and performer behind the character Rosita:

Then, former First Daughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush talk about their new children's book Sisters First, about the unique relationship sisters often have. They’ll be in Houston for an event with Blue Willow Bookshop Nov. 16:

And we talk to the hosts of The Greatest Generation podcast – two guys who are a little embarrassed to be Star Trek fans:

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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