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Daily Hospitalizations Hit A New Record At The Medical Center (Aug. 18, 2021)

On Wednesday’s show: The head of the Texas Medical Center on the fourth wave of COVID-19, the week in politics, former astronaut Scott Kelly on spending a year in space, and a new film shot in Houston called Playing God.



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On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: The Texas Medical Center this week reported a new record in average daily hospitalizations due to COVID-19. The previous high was 360 in July of 2020 with a new average of 369 daily hospitalizations as of this week. Bill McKeon, the head of the Texas Medical Center, joins us with an update.

Also this hour: From the situation in Afghanistan to the ongoing battle over mask mandates, we discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup.

Then we revisit our 2017 conversation with former astronaut Scott Kelly about spending a year in space.

And a new movie shot in Houston is part heist film, part discussion about the nature of God. We talk with local director Scott Brignac about Playing God.


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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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