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How ‘Fast & Furious’ Evolved Into Nine Films — And A Major Problem On The Road

Fast cars and high-speed chases are staples of the Fast & Furious franchise but a problem for Houston roadways, as we explore in this month’s installment of our monthly film segment, The Bigger Picture.

F9 Race Scene
A race scene from F9, the latest in the Fast & Furious movie franchise.

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F9, the ninth film in the Fast & Furious movie franchise opens in theaters Friday. Fast cars and high-speed chases are staples of the franchise – but a problem for Houston roadways, as we explore in this month's installment of the Houston Matters monthly film segment, The Bigger Picture.

In the audio above, producer Joshua Zinn talks with film critic and author Peter Vonder Haar about how the films evolved from heist and car chase stories to a lengthy series of massive blockbusters with espionage on a global stage.

Then he talks with and Lt. Simon Cheng from the Harris County Sheriff's Office about the often deadly problem of street racing in Greater 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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