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Wednesday’s Show: COVID-19 Demographics, And Local Pulitzer Winners (May 6, 2020)

On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: The demographics of COVID-19, our weekly political roundup, conversations with two Pulitzer Prize winners, and a documentary about the origins of the jump shot in basketball.

On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: A local public health official discusses the demographics of COVID-19 and why people of color – African Americans especially – are experiencing higher rates of serious complications and death from the illness.

Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup.

Plus we revisit a pair of conversations with Houstonians who won Pulitzer Prizes this week. First, we hear from Rice University’s Caleb McDaniel, who won a Pulitzer Prize this week for his book Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America. It tells the story of a black woman named Henrietta Wood who was kidnapped and re-enslaved but fought for her freedom in court and won.

Then, we revisit a conversation with Houston native Ben Moser, who won a Pulitzer for his biography of Susan Sontag.

Plus we meet local artist Black Cassidy.

And a Houston native talks about his new documentary, Jump Shot, about the origins of basketball’s most common move.

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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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