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One Year Later: How The Pandemic Has Reshaped Society (March 11, 2021)

On Thursday’s show: A review of renters’ rights in the wake of February’s freeze, and, one year in, we reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected society — from working from home, to virtual classrooms, to mask-wearing.

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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We re-examine renters’ rights in Texas after tenants were left without water for weeks following February's hard freeze.

Also this hour: As we continue to reflect on the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding here in Greater Houston, we discuss the social impact of the past year — from working from home, to virtual classrooms, to not seeing loved ones for extended periods, to wearing masks in public.

Then, social media platforms lit up recently after a video showed a teacher's exasperation as his students demonstrated a lack of knowledge of Helen Keller, among other historical figures. It’s easy to say “kids these days don’t know their history.” So, we meet some who do — participants in the Texas Quiz Bowl.

And how have we navigated a year of digital learning in Greater Houston? We talk with William Jeffery, the assistant principal at Columbia High School who’s also known as "Coach Jeffery” in the Flipboard EDU podcast he hosts about his experiences in education.

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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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