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Vanessa Wyche Takes The Helm At NASA’s Johnson Space Center (Aug. 26, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: An update on the COVID-19 situation in Montgomery County, a conversation with the new director of the Johnson Space Center, and poet Rita Dove talks about her latest collection.

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Bringing In More Nurses And Other COVID-19 News (Aug. 25, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The latest on COVID-19 from the head of St. Luke’s Health, our weekly political roundup, how Southern Blacks fared in Texas during Reconstruction and under Jim Crow, and how local concert venues and musicians are dealing with the COVID-19 surge.

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Harris Co. Commissioner Tom Ramsey, And Serving Non-Traditional College Students (Aug. 24, 2021)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: The latest from Houston City Council, Harris County Commissioner Tom Ramsey answers your questions, and how an area university works to meet the needs of non-traditional students.

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The First Day Of School Amid COVID’s Fourth Wave And Battles Over Masks (Aug. 23, 2021)

Posted on · On Monday's show: Students and teachers go back to class at HISD today amid a fourth wave of COVID-19, reimbursing companies that made money during the February power failure, a local veterinarian answers your questions, and an update on local sports.

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Resettling Afghan Refugees In Houston (Aug. 20, 2021)

Posted on · On Friday's show: A COVID update from the city's health authority, the process of resettling Afghan refugees in Houston, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week, and how a local teacher used dance videos to help him connect with students – and went viral in the process.

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Daily Hospitalizations Hit A New Record At The Medical Center (Aug. 18, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The head of the Texas Medical Center on the fourth wave of COVID-19, the week in politics, former astronaut Scott Kelly on spending a year in space, and a new film shot in Houston called Playing God.

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COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Houston Are On Pace To Set A New Record (Aug. 17, 2021)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: The region is on pace to exceed 4,000 total COVID-19 hospitalizations, City Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz answers your questions, and how air conditioning shaped Houston's growth.

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What The Texas Supreme Court Ruling Means For Harris County’s Mask Lawsuit (Aug. 16, 2021)

Posted on · On Monday's show: What this weekend's temporary ruling from the state's highest court means in the battle over mask mandates, a new podcast examines the deadly power failure six months ago, how to disaster-proof new development in the city, and an update on local sports.

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A Mask Mandate For Schools, And Vaccines For Pregnant Women (Aug. 13, 2021)

Posted on · On Friday's show: We learn more about a mask mandate for schools and daycares, new guidance on COVID vaccines for pregnant women, a closer look at how the infrastructure bill just passed in the Senate would affect Greater Houston, and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

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Mask Mandates And The Battle Between State And Local Control (Aug. 12, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Harris County is joining other Texas municipalities in taking legal action against Gov. Abbott's executive orders banning mask and vaccine mandates, the latest salvo in a long-running battle over state and local control.