Houston Matters

State of the State address (Feb. 17, 2023)

On Friday’s show: We discuss the issues and priorities Gov. Greg Abbott laid out in his annual State of the State address. And the Houston Matters team plays a Houston edition of Monopoly.



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On Friday’s show: We reflect on Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the State address with Rice University political scientist Mark Jones.

Also this hour: Monday night at 8 on Houston Public Media, TV 8, the PBS series American Experience presents Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History, which tells the lesser-known origins of the popular board game. In conjunction, members of the Houston Matters team play the 1996 Houston edition of the game and share their memories of playing Monopoly growing up.

Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

And we learn about a play at Stages called Cullud Wattah, recounting a family of Black women living through the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

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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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