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Omicron fuels COVID concerns as Christmas approaches (Dec. 21, 2021)

On Tuesday’s show: Concerns about holiday gatherings as the omicron variant spreads, the next president of Rice University discusses his vision for the institution, and filmmaker Sean Baker discusses his latest movie, Red Rocket.

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On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Some events, performances, and sporting events in Greater Houston are being cancelled this week amid concerns over COVID numbers, which have been fueled by the omicron variant. As holiday gatherings ramp up this week as we approach Christmas, what should you and your family consider when it comes to staying safe and healthy this holiday season?

Also this hour: Next summer, Dr. Reginald DesRoches will take over as the next president of Rice University. He joins us to talk about his vision for the university and to answer your questions.

Then, with the remake of West Side Story currently in theaters, we discuss some of the issues related to gangs raised in it. It’s the subject of this month’s edition of our film segment, The Bigger Picture.

And filmmaker Sean Baker talks about his movie Red Rocket, which was shot in Texas City and takes place there.

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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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