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Fact checking claims about the energy grid, and using sports to generate positive PR (July 21, 2022)

On Thursday’s show: Politicians are pointing fingers at different entities about concerns regarding energy supply. But how true are those claims? Then we discuss the concept of sportswashing. And we reflect on how air conditioning shaped our city’s growth and development.

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On Thursday’s show: After another day of record-breaking demand on the Texas electric grid, we ask the Houston Chronicle's Chris Tomlinson to weigh in on efforts in the political ranks (from both sides) to blame different sources of energy for not supplying enough juice.

Also this hour: We discuss the concept of sportswashing — how companies, governments, or other entities use sports or sponsorship of a sport to improve a troubled reputation.

Then, we learn the role air conditioning played in making Houston the massive, sprawling city it is today — for better or worse.

And a performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night utilizes Juilliard graduate students and Houston-area high schoolers.

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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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