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The week in politics, the state of Texas teachers, and remembering Astroworld in art (April 20, 2022)

On Wednesday’s show: We discuss the latest political news, teachers sound off on the state of public education after two years of the pandemic, and an art show pays tribute to the Astroworld theme park.


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On Wednesday’s show: The travel mask mandate has been struck down. Florida's governor wants to end a special status for Disney World. And Alex Jones' Infowars has filed for bankruptcy. We discuss those and other stories in our weekly political roundup.

Also this hour: Many Texas teachers were already burned out before the pandemic exacerbated the issues they face, such as low pay, poor school finance, and an outdated standardized testing strategy. A recent Texas Monthly story let teachers sounds off on what they’re facing.

And the tragic loss of life at the Astroworld music festival last fall also left a stigma on Houston’s beloved, long-lost theme park of the same name. We learn how an art show this weekend featuring works inspired by and celebrating the Astroworld theme park hopes to change that some.

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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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