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Full Show: Understanding the Ballot, and Houston’s Baseball History (Oct. 16, 2018)

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Local journalist Nancy Barnes discusses her new role with NPR. Then, a local group is lobbying in Washington against a Trump administration rule change that could affect many immigrants. Plus, we break down what will be on the ballot in the upcoming election. We look back at the history of baseball in the Bayou City. And we go inside Rice University’s presentation of the play She Kills Monsters.


On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Veteran journalist Nancy Barnes of the Houston Chronicle will become NPR’s permanent chief news executive, the network announced Tuesday. Barnes is currently the Houston Chronicle’s executive editor, and she talks with us about her vision for the job.

Then: Legacy Community Health is lobbying in Washington this week against a Trump administration rule change that could negatively affect the immigration applications of those who use public assistance programs. We learn more.

Also this hour: We sift through the November ballot and answer listener questions about the different races and initiatives you'll be voting for on Election Day.

Also this hour: As the Astros and the ALCS return to Houston this week, you could easily argue that we’re living in the golden age of baseball in the Bayou City. But the city does have a rich history with America’s pastime before now. We look back at it with the help of historian Mike Vance.

Then, we learn about the play She Kills Monsters, a "dramatic comedy” laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture.

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