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An averted railroad strike, and the NPR Politics Podcast comes to Houston (Sept. 15, 2022)

On Thursday’s show: What we avoided from a possible rail worker strike. Then, the first of many interviews with candidates from local elections. And we learn all about the world of bats!

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On Thursday’s show: Rail companies avoided a strike over pay and working conditions. We consider what this could have meant for the economy with Margaret Kidd from the University of Houston.

Also this hour: We begin our series of interviews with candidates in some of the key races around Texas and Greater Houston that are on the ballot on Election Day. Today, we talk with Jack Morman, a Republican who’s running for Precinct 2 on the Harris County Commissioners Court.

Then, on Saturday, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is holding Bat Fest, an event celebrating the many species of bats who live in Greater Houston. With that in mind, we talk with conservationist and bat researcher Cullen Geiselman about what kinds of bats live in our region, what they do for our natural environment, and how they interact with the urban landscape.

And the NPR Politics Podcast will be live on stage at Zilkha Hall tonight. Among the panelists is NPR’s senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montenaro, who talks with us about the Houston show, about the podcast, and about covering politics in the current climate.

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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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