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Vanessa Wyche Takes The Helm At NASA’s Johnson Space Center (Aug. 26, 2021)

On Thursday’s show: An update on the COVID-19 situation in Montgomery County, a conversation with the new director of the Johnson Space Center, and poet Rita Dove talks about her latest collection.


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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We get an update on the COVID-19 situation in Montgomery County.

Also this hour: We talk with Vanessa Wyche, the director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She’s a NASA veteran who’s the first African American to serve in that role and previously was the JSC’s deputy director.

Then, the new Hulu documentary Homeroom chronicles the challenges faced by the senior class of 2020 at one high school during what was a very unusual year. It’s the subject of this month’s installment of The Bigger Picture.

And Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove talks about her latest collection, Playlist for the Apocalypse, and how she embodies other voices to write from their perspective — including that of a spring cricket. Dove will read from her collection in a livestream discussion from Inprint on Monday (Aug. 30).

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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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