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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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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!

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Walkout at Commissioners Court, and whether bail reform measures are working (Sept. 14, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We learn why two GOP members of Harris County Commissioners Court boycotted a vote on the county budget. Then, we discuss the latest developments in politics. And new research examines whether Harris County's bail reform measures are working.

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Actor Kevin Bacon, and former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Sept. 8, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: A new survey examines the race for Harris County Judge. Then actor Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael Bacon, aka The Bacon Brothers, talk about their music ahead of a performance in The Woodlands. And former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison reflects on her career and the current state of politics.

Town Square with Ernie Manouse

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The Latest: COVID & Monkeypox, Current Affairs in Education, & Appointment of Special Master to Examine Mar-a-Lago Documents

Posted on · Our experts discuss the latest on COVID and monkeypox, education and the laws coming into play in Texas schools, and the judge appointed special master in the FBI’s investigation into the documents seized at Mar-a-Lago.

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Addressing violent crime, and Houston’s best food halls (Sept. 7, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Some local members of law enforcement, politicians, and some candidates for office speak out about the need to address violent crime in the area. Then we discuss the latest developments in politics. And local writers talk about their favorite food halls around town.

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Politics from the pulpit, and lessons from a career in Texas politics (Sept. 1, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We discuss the mingling of religion and politics after a prominent Houston pastor's political remarks from the pulpit. Then Mary Beth Rogers, the former campaign manager and chief of staff for the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards, reflects on her life in politics. And we meet the Houston Chronicle’s new restaurant columnist.

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County plans to sue over allegations it was defunding the police (Aug. 31, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday’s show: We learn about the latest salvo in a battle over Harris County's budget and allegations from state officials that county officials are defunding the police. Then, we discuss that and other developments in politics in our weekly roundup.

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How Harvey taught us every storm is different (Aug. 25, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday’s show: We continue our discussions of lessons learned five years after Harvey. Former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett joins us to contemplate how every storm presents a unique set of challenges for the region.

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The slow process of disaster recovery, five years after Harvey (Aug. 24, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday’s show: We break down the latest developments in the world of poltics. Then we discuss flood mitigation efforts five years after Harvey and reflect on the slow pace of recovery from such a disaster.

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ERCOT names a new CEO, the week in politics, and the state’s oldest library (Aug. 17, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The agency in charge of regulating the Texas energy grid hires a new CEO, we discuss the week in politics, we get answers to your questions about bugs, and we visit the state's oldest library.

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Congressman Al Green on establishing a national Slavery Remembrance Day (Aug. 16, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Rep. Al Green answers questions about issues before Congress and his efforts to establish a national Slavery Remembrance Day. Then we examine the role green infrastructure could play in preventing future flooding. And we visit the Banksyland exhibit.