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Adding more prosecutors, staying in flood-prone areas, and actor Kal Penn (Jan. 13, 2022)

On Thursday’s show: The case for more prosecutors at the DA’s office, a new book follows several Houston families repeatedly rocked by flooding, and actor Kal Penn talks about his career and about changing the way Indian-Americans are depicted in TV and film.


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On Thursday’s show: Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg appeared before county commissioners to request additional funding to hire 82 new prosecutors. She joins us to discuss why.

Also this hour: A new book called In Too Deep follows the lives of a group of Houston mothers in a neighborhood that has repeatedly suffered catastrophic flooding and explores how that affects them and their childen. We talk with its author, Rice University sociologist Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.

Then, local sleep expert Dr. Sudha Tallavajhula answers your questions.

And actor Kal Penn talks about his career and about changing the way Indian-Americans are depicted in TV and film. Penn is in Houston to talk about his new book, You Can’t Be Serious at an event tonight at the Asia Society.

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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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