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How The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Is Affecting Houston (April 14, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: How the pause in distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is affecting Houston, the week in politics, maintaining good mental health amid the pandemic, and a competition of youth accordion players.

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What Pres. Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Could Do For Texas (April 13, 2021)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: What Pres. Biden's infrastructure plan could do for the state, former astronaut Jim Lovell reflects on Apollo 13, the economic impact the pandemic has had on the arts, and a theater troupe finds an unusual way to get back in front of live audiences.

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The Prospects Of Returning To ‘Normal By Summer’ (April 12, 2021)

Posted on · On Monday's show: Hopes of things returning to "normal by summer" regarding the pandemic, state regulators defending the oil and gas industry they oversee, a former ERCOT official reflects on problems within the agency, and an update on Houston sports.

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Technical Issues On The First Day Of STAAR Testing (April 8, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: STAAR Test technical issues, what Latino parents want in a new HISD Superintendent, drugs in Texas prisons, previewing a new lunar lander and its Houston control center, and bidding farewell to News 88.7's Laura Isensee.

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Why Texas Had Among The Most Arrests From The Capitol Insurrection (April 7, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Why Texas had among the most arrests stemming from the capitol insurrection, our weekly political roundup, Houston's best restaurants for outdoor dining, and a new dance festival celebrates Latinx dancers and choreographers.

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Preventing Social Media Platforms From Blocking Political Speech (April 1, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: A bill in the Texas Legislature aims to prevent social media platforms from blocking political speech, efforts to help women return to the workforce after the pandemic, and the Sugar Land Skeeters prepare for their first season as the Astros Triple A team.

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The Murder Trial Of Derek Chauvin, And Families Sue Center Point Over Winter Freeze Deaths (March 30, 2021)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: A closer look at three legal proceedings affecting Houston, a conversation with City Councilman David Robinson, how Texas law enforcement agencies use hypnosis in investigations, and artist Jennifer May Reiland discusses her new exhibit.

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The Pros And Cons Of Working Remotely — Permanently (March 29, 2021)

Posted on · On Monday's show: Vaccine availability expands across the state, the pros and cons of working remotely for good, what differentiates Texas Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Mex-Mex food, and an update on sports.

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Discrepancies In The Number Of Texas Voter Fraud Prosecutions (March 26, 2021)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Discrepancies in the number of voter fraud cases the Texas AG's office is prosecuting, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news, and a conversation with composer David Lang.

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The Ideal Qualities For HISD’s Next Superintendent (March 25, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: The ideal qualities HISD's next superintendent should possess, and with the closing of the River Oaks Theatre how can Houston better preserve its treasured cultural institutions?