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Public defender costs and caseloads (Feb. 27, 2023)

On Monday’s show: We discuss the money Harris County spends for court-appointed defense attorneys and the caseloads of those public defenders. And U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón talks about how nature plays a role in her work and her love of Houston’s grackles.



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On Monday’s show: Harris County taxpayers are spent more than $60 million last year for court-appointed private attorneys to represent low-income defendants. And some of those lawyers are taking on far too many cases. We learn more from Harris County Chief Public Defender Alex Bunin and Houston Chronicle investigative reporter Neena Satija, who's been looking into this.

Also this hour: U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón talks about the role nature plays in her work and her love of Houston’s grackles. She’s coming to Houston for an event with Inprint on March 6.

Then, columnist Dwight Silverman discusses some of the latest developments in consumer technology

And we get an update on Houston sports 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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