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What rising inflation means for Houston’s economy (July 14, 2022)

On Thursday’s show: Whether continued inflation could lead to a recession, local activists and officials take on hazardous chemical leaks on Houston’s east side, and gay conservatives in Texas search for belonging in a party that’s openly hostile to them.


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On Thursday’s show: Prices for consumer goods have risen 9 percent over the last year — the highest jump in 40 years. Is a recession on the horizon? And will prices continue to rise?

Also this hour: What a chemical leak last year can teach us about what some Houston communities are up against in protecting their health and safety in the shadows of our city's enormous petrochemical industry as revealed in a recent investigation from Public Health Watch.

Then, last month, the Texas GOP Convention maintained a strict stance on homosexuality as part of its official platform. What does that mean for gay conservatives in the state?

And we preview Comicpalooza this weekend.

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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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