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Comedy special at the heart of death penalty appeal (Jan. 2, 2023)

Posted on · On Monday's show: The U.S. Supreme Court this week will consider whether to take up a Texas case regarding whether footage from a comedy special taped inside a jail should have been shown to jurors who subsequently gave a convicted murderer the death penalty.

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Deaths at the Harris County Jail, and the president of the NAACP (Oct. 6, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We learn more about a pair of recent deaths at the Harris County Jail and what role overcrowding at the facility may have played. And the national president of the NAACP talks about what needs to be done to achieve racial equity in this country.

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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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Age restrictions for buying guns, and playwright Ken Ludwig reimagines his first hit (Sept. 16, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Why we won't see new numbers on maternal mortality rates. Then, we discuss whether age restrictions for purchasing assault-style guns could pass Constitutional muster. And playwright Ken Ludwig explains why he rewrote one of his most successful plays with women in the lead roles.

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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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Part 2: What Are The Implications Of The New Abortion Law On Women, Texans, And The Country?

Posted on · A legal and medical expert look into how the abortion restriction law can penalize clinics, impact medically at-risk pregnancies, and other listener questions and concerns.

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What Are The Implications Of The New Abortion Law On Women, Texans, And The Country?

Posted on · The Supreme Court declined to block the law in a 5 to 4 vote. The new Texas law states that abortions are banned after "cardiac activity" is detected in the fetus, estimated at six weeks, without exemptions for incest or rape.

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Do Vaccines Protect Against New COVID Variants? (June 14, 2021)

Posted on · On Monday's show: The effect vaccines have on new COVID-19 variants, how recently passed Texas laws seek to chip away at the Constitution's Establishment Clause, answers to your pet care questions, and an update on Houston sports.

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Thursday’s Houston Matters: City Cancels The State GOP Convention, And Examining Work Practices At Drug Rehab Facilities (July 9, 2020)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: The Texas GOP's in-person convention is cancelled, an investigation into work practices at drug and alcohol rehab facilities, new opinions from SCOTUS, and developing walkable spaces near transit centers.