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The psychological triggering effect of what happened at the Oscars. Plus, local theater company, A.D. Players, is here to announce their new season!

Today, NPR’s TV critic and mental health experts help us break down the Will Smith and Chris Rock incident. Also, the AD Players are under new leadership and have a new season that includes a pre-Broadway world premier.


US actor Will Smith holds his award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “King Richard” as he attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party following the 94th Oscars at the The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California on March 27, 2022. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)


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Most were shocked by what we saw Sunday night at the Academy Awards, and there has been a lot said and written about the violent Will Smith-Chris Rock altercation.

Often, Oscar night is an event most view in a family setting. So, how do we talk to our children about what they saw?

How did it affect you?

Are you having trouble processing it?

Today, as we take calls from our listeners, we talk with our NPR TV critic, a licensed therapist, and a mental health counselor to help us understand what we can all learn from what happened – in terms of conflict resolution and the way we handle triggers.

Plus, we continue to highlight Houston theater companies like A.D. Players, as they share what’s in store for their 2022-2023 season line-up at The George Theater.


Jake Speck

  • Executive Director of A.D. Players

Jayme McGhan

  • Incoming Executive Artistic Director

Eric Deggans

Veronica Cavazos

  • Licensed Professional Counselor with Community Health Network

Dr. Richelle Whittaker

  • Educational psychologist
  • Parenting advisor
  • CEO and Founder of Next Steps (which provides educational counseling and parent coaching)
  • Text “parenting” to 1-833-638-5442 for free parenting tips and weekly encouragement

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