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What it would take to bring Brittney Griner home, and Indian composer and violinist L. Subramaniam (Aug. 5, 2022)

On Friday’s show: An international relations expert explains what it might take for the United States to arrange for Griner’s release after her guilty verdict and sentencing. Then, we discuss how a recent ruling limiting the EPA’s power might affect Houston. And Indian composer and violinist L. Subramaniam talks about his concert in Houston this weekend celebrating 75 years of Indian independence.



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On Friday’s show: A Russian court has found WNBA star Brittney Griner guilty on drug smuggling and possession charges. The judge sentenced Griner to nine years in prison. What are the chances of the United States government arranging for her release much sooner in some sort of prisoner exchange or other diplomatic effort? An international relations expert weighs in.

Also this hour: We discuss the implications for us here in Houston and across Texas of a recent Supreme Court ruling signaling dwindling power for the EPA.

Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week, including a man using 3D-printed guns to make a point at the city’s recent gun buyback event, and an award-winning songwriter finding herself in over her head after a comment about Beyoncé on Twitter.

And renowned Indian composer and violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam is in Houston this week preparing for a concert Saturday with the Houston Symphony in the world premiere of his Mahatma Symphony, written to celebrate 75 years of Indian independence.


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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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