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The week in politics, coming to America from Iran, and the art of wuxia films (Oct. 12, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We discuss the latest developments in politics, writer Roya Hakakian talks about her experience coming to America from Iran as a teenager, and we learn about the art of wuxia films.

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Attitudes about marijuana laws, and previewing the Astros first playoff series (Oct. 10, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: We discuss changes attitudes about marijuana laws in the wake of Pres. Biden's recent pardons of those convicted for simple possession of the drug. Then, we discuss what can be done to improve safety for cyclists around town. And we preview the Astros' playoff series against the Seattle Mariners, which begins Tuesday.

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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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Compromise offered over county budget, and restaurants where you should never skip dessert (Oct. 5, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We learn about the compromise one commissioner is proposing over the county budget. Then we discuss the week in politics. And food writers talk about Houston restaurants where you should never skip dessert.

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School dropout rate amid COVID, and Texas AG candidate Rochelle Garza (Oct. 4, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: State numbers paint a picture of how many students dropped out of school during the worst of the pandemic. And we continue our series of interviews with candidates on the ballot on Election Day with Rochelle Garza, candidate for Texas Attorney General.

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Gov. Abbott and Beto O’Rourke set to debate, and a controversial rail company merger (Sept. 30, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: We preview tonight's debate between Gov. Greg Abbott and his challenger, Beto O'Rourke, and discuss whether such events influence the outcome on Election Day. And we learn more about a proposed merger of rail companies and some people's concerns about it.

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School library policies, and the week in politics (Sept. 28, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: We learn how Katy ISD officials revised the district's library policies this week, including how it responds to complaints about books. And we discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup.

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An early uptick in flu cases, and how ‘The West Wing’ influenced real-life politics (Sept. 27, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: We learn why Houston is seeing an early uptick in flu cases. And the television series The West Wing inspired a whole generation to engage in the world of politics, but did it establish unrealistic expectations?

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Tropical weather, and why the state continues to investigate transgender youth and their families (Sept. 26, 2022)

Posted on · On Monday's show: We get the latest on a tropical depression developing in the Caribbean Sea and whether it poses any threat to Houston -- and whether it could interfere with the latest attempt to launch the Artemis 1 mission. Also: Why Texas continues to investigate transgender youth and their families for child abuse despite a court ruling temporarily blocking such actions.

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Texans’ thoughts on gun laws, and the composer behind the films ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’ (Sept. 23, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: A new survey suggests most Texans agree on certain restrictions on guns. We learn what those are. And Michael Abels, the composer who created the scores for Jordan Peele's films Get Out, Us, and Nope, talks about his work and the piece he created for shows in Houston this weekend.

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Houston’s housing market as interest rates climb, and violinist Joshua Bell (Sept. 22, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: We take a closer look at the local real estate market as interest rates continue to rise. And violinist Joshua Bell talks about his performances this weekend with the Houston Symphony.