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Hidalgo staffers indicted, Council Member Mary Nan Huffman, and Afghan interpreters (April 12, 2022)

On Tuesday’s show: Two senior staffers for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and one former one have been indicted in connection with a COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract. Plus: City Council Member Mary Nan Huffman answers your questions. And we hear from a Houstonian who served as an interpreter for U.S. forces in his native Afghanistan.

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On Tuesday’s show: Two senior staffers for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and one former one were indicted Monday for what investigators say was an attempt to steer a roughly $11 million COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract to a preferred vendor. We learn the latest and what happens next.

Also this hour: City Council Member Mary Nan Huffman answers your questions about issues affecting the city.

Then, what happens when the public's right to know bumps up against an individual's right to privacy? We talk with Tulane Law Professor Amy Gajda about her new book, Seek and Hide – The Tangled History of the Right To Privacy.

And Khalil Arab worked as an interpreter for U.S. forces in his native Afghanistan before ending up in Houston. We hear his story and learn what he hopes Americans will learn about those like him. There will be a free screening of a documentary about Afghans like Arab, called The Interpreters, as a part of the Inspire Film Festival Thursday night at the MATCH.

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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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