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Requiring Refineries To Offer Documents And Meetings In Languages Other Than English (April 22, 2021)

On Thursday’s show: A new proposal would require refineries and chemical plants to offer documents and public meetings in languages other than English, the history of the Black cowboy in Texas, and an alternate history of the space race.

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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is asking for public comment on a proposal to require refineries and chemical plants to offer their documents and public meetings in languages other than English. It's part of an agreement from a Title VI Civil Rights suit filed on behalf of Texas Environmental Justice and Advocacy Services.

Also this hour: In our monthly film segment, The Bigger Picture, we learn about the history of the Black cowboy in Texas in conjunction with the new Netflix film Concrete Cowboy, which is based on a real life group of primarily African American horse riders that live and keep stables in the urban sprawl of Philadelphia.

And, of course, Houston played a key role in the United States winning the space race. But what if we hadn’t won? We talk with the co-creators of the TV series For All Mankind, which presents an alternate reality where the Soviet Union landed on the moon first.

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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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