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From Novel To Netflix: Houston Writer Jennifer Mathieu On The Film Debut Of “Moxie” And The Power Of Rebel Girls

Houstonian Jennifer Mathieu talks about the movie adaption of her popular young adult novel MOXIE. Plus, we follow up on yesterday’s news of Governor Abbott lifting the statewide mask order with reactions from a local doctor.


Nico Hiraga as Seth, Amy Poehler as Lisa/Director/Producer, Hadley Robinson as Vivian in “Moxie,” based on the young adult novel by Jennifer Mathieu


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Did you ever wonder what your parents were like when they were young?

Did they go through anger, angst, protest?

One shy 16-year uncovers just that in the book "Moxie," and it changes her world.

Fed up with the sexist status quo at her high school, Vivian finds inspiration from her mother's rebellious past and publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide movement.

"Moxie" is the highly anticipated Netflix movie, directed by and starring Amy Poehler.

The movie is out today, and it's based on the popular young adult novel by Houstonian Jennifer Mathieu.

The author and hometown hero joins us today to talk about the making of the movie and her journey as a writer.


Jennifer Mathieu:

  • Houston writer & high school English teacher
  • Her young adult novel "Moxie" is now a Netflix movie, directed by and starring Amy Poehler – out today, March 3.
  • Her forthcoming novel is "Bad Girls Never Say Die," to be published by Macmillan Fall 2021

Plus, we also touch base with the medical community for reactions and recommendations to yesterday's news of Governor Abbott lifting the statewide mask order.


Dr. Richina Bicette:

  • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with COVID updates and headlines, including:

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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