Town Square

LIVE from historical Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas – the birthplace of Juneteenth

Posted on · Today, we're on location where African Americans were officially declared free from slavery on June 19, 1865. Our conversation reflects on a time of celebration, while learning the history and the deeper meaning of the Juneteenth holiday itself.

Houston Matters

Chronicling a crisis in American democracy (June 16, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: New York Times correspondent Jonathan Martin discusses his book, This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future. And we visit Juneteenth historical sites in Galveston.

Houston Matters

A tough start to the school year, and actor Jason Lee’s photos of Galveston (Feb. 8, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: The cumulative effect of COVID, teacher burnout, faculty and staff shortages, and political pressure on public education, and a conversation with actor Jason Lee about his new book of photography of Galveston.

Education News

Texas Sues 6 School Districts That Issued Mask Mandates In Defiance Of Gov. Greg Abbott’s Order

Posted on · Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have long threatened to sue school districts that defy Abbott’s ban on local mask mandates. On Friday, Paxton made good on that threat.