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Thursday’s Houston Matters: Spring Branch Superintendent, And An Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Story (Aug. 6, 2020)

On Thursday’s show: Back-to-school plans at Spring Branch ISD, thoughts from the president of the Texas PTA, how the atomic bomb inspired the work of a local doctor, and a PBS series highlights Zydeco music in Houston.


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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Blaine discusses her district’s back-to-school plans.

Also this hour: As Spring Branch and other districts choose different back-to-school plans, Suzi Kennon, president of the Texas PTA, tells News 88.7's Laura Isensee she hopes the well-being of students stays the focus of those plans.

Plus: On this day 75 years ago, the United States dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan. We meet Ritsuko Komaki, who grew up in Hiroshima, and learn how those events inspired her medical career.

MORE: Hiroshima: History and Legacy (Free webinar, National WWII Museum)

And plenty of Houstonians know our city is a mecca for Zydeco music. And now audiences across the nation are learning that too thanks to a PBS web series that recently visited Houston.

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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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