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How Do We Define When The Pandemic Is Over? (March 4, 2021)

On Thursday’s show: Defining when exactly the eventual finish line of the COVID-19 pandemic is, what our priorities should be once we get there, plus the uncertain early days of SpaceX, and saving the River Oaks Theater.


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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to end the statewide mask mandate despite pleas from public health officials not to do so has once again brought into focus a key — and, so far, unanswered — question: when will the pandemic really be over? We seek some clarity on the eventual finish line.

Also this hour: What should our public policy priorities be after the COVID-19 pandemic? A new survey from Rice University’s Kinder Institute has some suggestions, and we talk them over.

Then we learn about the uncertain early days of SpaceX. It’s the subject of Liftoff, a new book by Eric Berger of Ars Technica and Space City Weather.

And we learn about efforts to keep the River Oaks Theater from closing.

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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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