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Full Show: Opioid Lawsuit, And Texas Election Security (Feb. 27, 2018)

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We get an update on the lawsuit Harris County has filed over the opioid epidemic. Then, we examine the security of Texas voting machines. Plus, Ed Mayberry talks about his 47 years in radio. And we catch up with “Commander Mark” who taught kids how to draw on public television in the 80s and 90s.


On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Back in December, we told you Harris County is suing drug companies and doctors for their alleged roles in promoting the opioid epidemic. Now, county attorneys are trying to keep that suit from being moved out of Texas. For the latest, we check in with Pegi Block from the Harris County Attorney's office.

Also this hour: Texas is well behind the majority of U.S. states in providing appropriate election security, at least according to a new study from the Center for American Progress. Dan Wallach, an election security expert from Rice University, tells us if he agrees and how he’d like to improve the safety of voting machines.

Then, after 47 years in broadcasting (and 17 of them here at Houston Public Media), Ed Mayberry is retiring. Before he embarks, though, he must run the gauntlet others have endured – the Houston Matters exit interview with Craig Cohen.

And Commander Mark has been teaching kids how to draw for more than 40 years. His real name is Mark Kistler, and he’s hosted two television shows about drawing, including The Secret City, which aired in the 1980s and 90s. Michael Hagerty finds out what he’s up to today.

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