Houston Matters

Colleges look to contain COVID as classes resume (Jan. 11, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: How local colleges and universities are dealing with the omicron surge, and a conversation with Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee about a new hiring policy and several lawsuits the county is involved in.

Houston Matters

Omicron fuels COVID concerns as Christmas approaches (Dec. 21, 2021)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Concerns about holiday gatherings as the omicron variant spreads, the next president of Rice University discusses his vision for the institution, and filmmaker Sean Baker discusses his latest movie, Red Rocket.

Health & Science

Fauci says early reports about the COVID-19 omicron variant are encouraging

Posted on · President Biden’s chief medical adviser told CNN’s “State of the Union” scientists need more information before drawing conclusions about omicron’s severity. But reports from South Africa, where it emerged and is becoming the dominant strain, suggest hospitalization rates have not increased alarmingly.

Immigration

‘Misleading and dangerous’ — Human rights groups condemn Gov. Abbott’s rhetoric on South Africa

Posted on · "The larger matter at hand here is that the Texas governor is trying to wind up fears around COVID and around this new strain of COVID to justify his anti-asylum and anti-migrant policies in South Texas,” said Ari Sawyer with Human Rights Watch.