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Thursday’s Houston Matters: Summer Vacation And Tourism In A Pandemic, And A Carport Classroom (May 21, 2020)

On Thursday’s show: Concerns about how the county’s COVID-19 relief program will work, how summer vacation and tourism are being affected by the pandemic, a pioneering woman in Houston city government reflects on her career, and a local teacher hosts socially distanced math classes from her home’s carport.

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We get some clarity about how Harris County’s newly-approved COVID-19 relief program for vulnerable residents will work. There are some concerns the funds will be used up as quickly as the city’s recent rent relief program.

And the Houston Chronicle’s Gabrielle Banks discusses a story she co-authored about COVID-19 in the Harris County Jail.

Also this hour: We learn how the idea of summer vacation will be different this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how it might affect tourism.

Then, Nikki R. Van Hightower talks about the challenges of being a woman in politics and government in the 1970s when she served as the City’s of Houston’s first-ever Women's Advocate. She has a new memoir, That Woman: The Making of a Texas Feminist.

And a local teacher hosts socially distanced math classes from her home’s carport.

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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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