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Student loans in limbo, and curbing methane emissions (Nov. 14, 2022)

On Monday’s show: Student loan forgiveness hangs in limbo as court challenges play out. We discuss newly proposed rules for methane emissions. And we talk with Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate.


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On Monday’s show: A court struck down President Biden's student debt relief program, and an appeals court will hear the case next. This latest ruling complicates the fate of the program and the financial circumstances of millions of borrowers, including thousands here in the Houston area. We discuss what the ruling means and whether the matter is ultimately headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Also this hour: Newly proposed EPA rules would require oil and gas companies to respond to any reports of excessive methane leaks caused during drilling. We discuss how the rules might work and what they might mean for methane emissions in and around the Houston area.

Then, we talk with Joy Harjo, the first Native American to hold the position of U.S. Poet Laureate. She has an event tonight with Inprint and has a new poetry collection out called Weaving Sundown in a Scarlet Light: 50 Poems for 50 Years.

And, now that the excitement of the Astros championship begins to fade, we get an update on the rebuilding processes of other Houston sports teams from Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and co-hosts the Bleav in Astros podcast.

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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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