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Shrinking childcare options, Houston’s best BBQ, and author Grace Li (June 8, 2022)

On Wednesday’s show: Why the number of childcare providers has shrunk in the last two years, the week in politics, Houston’s best BBQ joints, and author Grace Li on her novel Portrait of a Thief.


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On Wednesday’s show: New data reveals that Texas lost one in five childcare providers between 2020 and 2021. We discuss why those closures happened with Children at Risk president and CEO Bob Sanborn.

Also this hour: The University of Houston's Brandon Rottinghaus and Beth Simas join us to discuss the latest developments in politics.

Then, food writers discuss their favorite places for barbecue in Houston in this month’s installment of The Full Menu.

And we talk with Pearland native Grace Li, whose debut novel Portrait of a Thief became a bestseller and will soon be adapted into a series on Netflix.

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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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