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Watson settles lawsuits, the week in politics, and the loss of the Shamrock Hotel (June 22, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Former Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is settling 20 of the 24 civil lawsuits women have filed accusing him of sexual assault and harassment. Also we discuss the week in politics and reflect on how the loss of the Shamrock Hotel changed historic preservation in Houston.

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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.

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Jan. 6 hearings, and a billion-dollar bond proposal from Harris County (June 15, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: In a double dose of our weekly political roundup, we recap the Jan. 6 hearings and find out why county leaders are proposing a billion-dollar bond package. And we visit Harris County’s Emergency Operations Center at Houston TranStar.

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Day 2 of the Jan. 6 hearings: Does Trump believe his own lies even in the face of evidence against him?

Posted on · On this second day of the January 6 public hearings, we not only talk with a political science expert about President Trump's and his allies push to spread false claims of election fraud, we also address the psychological aspect of plausible deniability with the director of the UTMB-Galveston Crime and Prevention Center.

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Shrinking childcare options, Houston’s best BBQ, and author Grace Li (June 8, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Why the number of childcare providers has shrunk in the last two years, the week in politics, Houston's best BBQ joints, and author Grace Li on her novel Portrait of a Thief.

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Annise Parker and Ed Emmett on bridging the political divide (June 2, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We learn what's unusual about this week’s Supreme Court ruling that temporarily blocked a Texas social media law from taking effect. And former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett discuss how to improve our public discourse.

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Rep. Sylvia Garcia, and the life of Ken Caminiti (May 31, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Rep. Sylvia Garcia answers listener questions, we learn why former Houston Astros star Ken Caminiti admitted he'd used steroids long before anyone else did, and we discuss a piece of artwork at the MFAH that's been at the center of some controversy.

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School shooting in Uvalde, primary runoff results, and the life of George Floyd (May 25, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We learn the latest on the fatal shooting at a Uvalde elementary school. Then we discuss the results from the Texas primary election runoffs. And a new book examines the life and struggles of George Floyd.