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Spring Branch ISD cutting all librarians (Feb. 22, 2024)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Spring Branch ISD will no longer employee librarians beginning next school year. We learn about the budget constraints behind the move and how the district plans to keep libraries running at its campuses. Then, author and anti-racism activist Ibram X. Kendi talks about why his books are often banned in school libraries and about his latest work.

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Layoffs in the news industry (Jan. 25, 2024)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We discuss the wave of layoffs hitting the news industry in recent days. And we talk about what the Oscar-nominated film “Poor Things” has to say about female liberation. Plus saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Paul Cornish, who's an HSPVA alum, join us ahead of a performance in Houston.

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The week in politics (Jan. 24, 2024)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: From results of the New Hampshire primary, to the Supreme Court’s ruling against Texas on border authority, we discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Writer and former Houston poet laureate Leslie Contreras Schwartz talks about her memoir, "From the Womb of Sky and Earth." And local film critics talk about their favorite movies of the past year.

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‘Terms of Endearment’ 40 years later (Dec. 8, 2023)

Posted on · On Friday's show: We look back at the film "Terms of Endearment," released 40 years ago. The Oscar-winning movie was set in Houston and based on a book by Larry McMurtry. And we meet the next host of "Texas Country Reporter."

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Mayor Sylvester Turner reflects on his time in office (Nov. 16, 2023)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We learn about plans to send more inmates from the Harris County Jail out of state. And Mayor Sylvester Turner reflects on his time in office.

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Actor and director Rob Reiner on the power of the screen and stage to create change

Posted on · The director of some of the most successful movies of the 1980s and 90s, like "When Harry Met Sally," "The Princess Bride," and "A Few Good Men" was recently in Houston to promote a stage show about the prison system.

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