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An early uptick in flu cases, and how ‘The West Wing’ influenced real-life politics (Sept. 27, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: We learn why Houston is seeing an early uptick in flu cases. And the television series The West Wing inspired a whole generation to engage in the world of politics, but did it establish unrealistic expectations?

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Tropical weather, and why the state continues to investigate transgender youth and their families (Sept. 26, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: We get the latest on a tropical depression developing in the Caribbean Sea and whether it poses any threat to Houston -- and whether it could interfere with the latest attempt to launch the Artemis 1 mission. Also: Why Texas continues to investigate transgender youth and their families for child abuse despite a court ruling temporarily blocking such actions.

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Texans’ thoughts on gun laws, and the composer behind the films ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’ (Sept. 23, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: A new survey suggests most Texans agree on certain restrictions on guns. We learn what those are. And Michael Abels, the composer who created the scores for Jordan Peele's films Get Out, Us, and Nope, talks about his work and the piece he created for shows in Houston this weekend.

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Houston’s housing market as interest rates climb, and violinist Joshua Bell (Sept. 22, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We take a closer look at the local real estate market as interest rates continue to rise. And violinist Joshua Bell talks about his performances this weekend with the Houston Symphony.

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Gun rights for those under indictment, the week in politics, and Debbie Allen (Sept. 21, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We examine a court ruling regarding the Second Amendment rights of those under felony indictment. Then, we discuss the latest developments in politics. And Houston native Debbie Allen reflects on her career and how Houston fostered her artistic sensibilities.

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Texas social media law moves forward, but more challenges await (Sept. 20, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: A new Texas law preventing social media companies from censoring posts based on political views will be allowed to take effect after a court ruling last week. But the legal battle over it is far from over.

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Age restrictions for buying guns, and playwright Ken Ludwig reimagines his first hit (Sept. 16, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Why we won't see new numbers on maternal mortality rates. Then, we discuss whether age restrictions for purchasing assault-style guns could pass Constitutional muster. And playwright Ken Ludwig explains why he rewrote one of his most successful plays with women in the lead roles.

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An averted railroad strike, and the NPR Politics Podcast comes to Houston (Sept. 15, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: What we avoided from a possible rail worker strike. Then, the first of many interviews with candidates from local elections. And we learn all about the world of bats!