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Griner pleads guilty, and preserving Karankawa culture (July 8, 2022)

On Friday’s show: We get the latest on WNBA star Brittney Griner’s case in a Russian court. Then we meet a descendant of the Karankawa people and learn about efforts to preserve their culture and language.


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On Friday’s show: Houston native Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges as her trial continued in a Russian court on Thursday. The WNBA star admitted to bringing cannabis into the country but said she had packed in a hurry and did not intend to break the law. We get the latest on her case.

Also this hour: For centuries, the Karankawa people dominated what is now Houston and much of the Texas coast. A common misconception has been that they're now extinct. But that’s not exactly the case. We learn what really happened to the Karankawas, about their culture, and about efforts to preserve their language.

Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week, including a difference between what many Texans think about gun control measures and what others think that Texans think about that issue. And we mull over an incident at a San Antonio Taco Cabana that some are comparing to the Disney movie Ratatouille.

And we take a tour of the Alief Art House and learn how artist Matt Manalo is making art more accessible to the Alief community.

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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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