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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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Battleship Texas prepares to set sail, and reporting on Harvey’s aftermath (Aug. 30, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday’s show: We learn about plans this week to move the Battleship Texas to Galveston for repairs. Then News 88.7 reporters reflect on creating the podcast Below the Waterlines. And we revisit a conversation with musician Steve Earle.

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Artemis 1 launch delayed, and Houston as a technology hub (Aug. 29, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday’s show: We learn what caused the delay in launching NASA's Artemis 1 mission. And should Houston be the real technology capital of Texas instead of Austin? Plus we discuss what water scarcity in the Rio Grande region means for the rest of Texas. And we preview the Texans season.

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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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Checking in on Harvey recovery, five years later (Aug. 23, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Five years after Hurricane Harvey we discuss what's been done to recover from the storm, how architecture and design could play a role in preventing flooding, and whether home buyouts after flood events truly work.

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Lessons from Harvey 5 years later (Aug. 22, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: We begin a week of discussions marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Harvey by examining what still needs to be done to prevent another great flood and reflecting on lessons learned from the disaster with Jeff Lindner, the man who was the face of much of the events.

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Bringing Black stories to the forefront of American history (Aug. 19, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Storms are bringing some much-needed rain to the region. We get the latest from Space City Weather. And we talk with journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, the creator of The 1619 Project, which aims to bring the stories and contributions of enslaved Africans to the forefront of American history.

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Effectiveness of recent public safety efforts, and the state of Houston airports (Aug. 18, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Examining the effectiveness of some recent efforts to improve public safety in Harris County, the cancellation of debt for former students at ITT Tech, previewing Houston Theater Week, and the head of the Houston Airport System answers your questions.

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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.

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New COVID guidelines, and addressing the crisis in the teaching profession (Aug. 15, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: We take a closer look at the CDC's new COVID guidelines, we discuss ways to address the crisis in the teaching profession, a local veterinarian answers your questions, and we consider the impact of putting kids under the spotlight of events like the Little League World Series.