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Go beyond the headlines. Beyond the he-said, she-said of the news pages. Join Houston Chronicle Opinion Editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg as she and editorial board members tackle urgent, vexing and just plain intriguing questions in the news. From Beto to Trump, bail reform to education, the migrant crisis to church abuse – they explore issues in Houston, Washington and across Texas through the lens of a single question. Sometimes, they even agree on the answer.
 
Twenty-five years ago, Selena Quintanilla-Perez was already a legend in the Tejano music world and on the verge of superstardom. But on March 31, 1995, Selena’s close friend Yolanda Saldívar pulled a gun from her purse and fired a single bullet. Selena was pronounced dead a short time later. Selena’s murder left her family, friends and fans around the world stunned, heartbroken and speechless. In the days, months and years that followed, one question would linger: "why?" Why would someone wh ...
 
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Click to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. The Army Corps of Engineers’s latest ideas on how to reduce flooding along Buffalo Bayou has riled many Houston residents who were expecting a more modern solution to flooding than the concrete channelizing of Houston's bayous implemented in past decades. Lisa talks with Jim Blackburn, an environment…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson size up the Texans’ home game against the Patriots and look at how far both teams have fallen since their last meeting on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroo…
 
The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen and Brian T. Smith discuss the Rockets' complicated offseason, including what the Rockets should do after James Harden indicated he wants out of Houston, whether Russell Westbrook can be moved and more team issues on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with Jonathan Feigen and Brian Smith…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson revisit the Texans’ loss in Cleveland, what went wrong and what has to improve on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listen…
 
UPDATE: Q&A with Lisa Gray is now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all the usual places. If you like the show, please follow and tell a friend. With President-elect Biden pledging a science-based approach to wrangling the pandemic — and with record infections across the country — Lisa dials up world-class coronavirus expert Ben Neuman in his lab at T…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson preview the Texans’ game in Cleveland, zeroing in on the matchup against Baker Mayfield and the Browns’ running game on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson look back at the Texans’ win at Jacksonville, focusing on their defensive issues minus Bradley Roby and how well Deshaun Watson played on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=12…
 
Welcome to this sneak peek episode of Q&A with Lisa Gray. We'll let you know (middle of next week?) when the show is available on Apple Podcasts and all the usual places. As the United States nervously waits for this presidential election to be decided and we’re awash in discussions of the fine points of voting security, Lisa was eager to talk with…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans’ return from their off week to play at Jacksonville this weekend and what to expect over the next month on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=new…
 
With COVID-19 cases surging in the U.S., and what may be signs of a coming spike in Houston, we offer this extra episode of Coronavirus Chronicle. In this interview with Lisa Gray, vaccine researcher Dr. Peter Hotez discusses the coming winter surge, and why he’ll be taking the first vaccine he can get. Since March, Hotez has emerged as Houston’s b…
 
As the Texans take a much-needed bye week, John McClain and Aaron Wilson dig into some of the team's most obvious problems. Example: an offense averaging 85 rushing yards per game and a pass defense that has given up 17 touchdown passes — only Atlanta has given up more. The Texans' next game is Nov. 8 at Jacksonville. Connect with John McClain and …
 
John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the media chatter about the Texans trading J.J. Watt, plus the difficulty of making trades in the COVID era. They also suggest a couple players the team might consider trading if they could. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=new…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson preview the Texans’ home game against the Packers and discuss the challenges presented by Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsro…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss Romeo Crennel’s much-debated 2-point decision and analyze the Texans’ overtime loss to the Titans on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcas…
 
What’s on deck for Astros? Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer look back on an eventful season and assess the personnel decisions to come, starting with George Springer. Connect with Chandler Rome. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson preview the Texans’ road game Sunday against the undefeated Titans and discuss whether the team would have any interest in running back Le’Veon Bell on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.c…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson analyze the Texans’ win over the Jaguars and discuss how the loss of linebacker Benardrick McKinney will affect the defense the rest of the season on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson break down the 0-4 Texans’ home game against the Jaguars amid a coaching change on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/liste…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans’ firing of coach/GM Bill O’Brien, what to expect with interim coach Romeo Crennel and possible candidates for the coach and GM jobs on this episode of the Texans Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicl…
 
Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer analyze the Division Series matchup between AL West rivals and what the transition to a best-of-five set means for Dusty Baker’s usage of pitchers. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/liste…
 
Today's guests, Roman Mars, creator and host of the (very) popular 99% Invisible podcast and 99PI colleague Kurt Kohlstedt, want you to ask that question about the mundane — and therefore invisible — things that surround us. Why are stop signs red? What do those spray painted squiggles on sidewalks mean? What are those round things that keep us in …
 
Executive Editor Steve Riley was the first guest Ferrill interviewed for this show and today, six months later, Steve is Ferrill's final guest as Coronavirus Chronicle comes to a close. In March, Steve observed that coronavirus was "like a hurricane that would hit all places everywhere, in every way, all the time." Steve and Ferrill discuss how cor…
 
Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans’ 0-3 start and what they have to do to beat the also winless Vikings — assuming the game is played amid COVID-19 uncertainty — on Sunday at NRG Stadium on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.…
 
Senior writer, columnist and Coronavirus Chronicle co-host Lisa Gray sits down with Ferrill for a chat as the podcast nears the end of its six-month run. Among the topics they discuss: the state of journalism, the phycological effect of focusing closely on the coronavirus pandemic month after month and why Lisa would ever "want to do this in the fi…
 
Time for Texans to bring in Earl Thomas? The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss whether the Texans should sign free-agent safety Earl Thomas and revisit Sunday’ loss at Pittsburgh on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.c…
 
Columnist Chris Tomlinson weighs in on the state of things at the six-month mark of the pandemic. 2020, he says, has been a really horrible year, but there are so many different ways things could go so much worse. "When," he asks, "was the last time uniformed groups of armed men, with no government sanction whatsoever, marched through the streets i…
 
Throw the sub.-500 record out the window. Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer break down the Wild Card series against the Twins and discuss some of the factors unique to postseason baseball in 2020. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnys…
 
Texas editor Robert Eckhart discusses how we're doing six months into the coronavirus pandemic. He says it's been a year of "upheaval" as political norms have been turned upside down, and as the election approaches Democrats and Republicans alike are limiting their arguments to the one or two issues they thing will gain the most votes on November 3…
 
Vaccine researcher (and frequent guest) Dr. Peter Hotez is worried. As the COVID case numbers are trending upward again, he's worried about a "third peak" this fall and winter that would start at a higher infection level than the first two peaks of May and July, creating "a triple hump, with successively bigger humps." Hotez is also worried about h…
 
Nancy Sarnoff, Chronicle real estate reporter and co-host of the Looped In podcast, commiserates with Ferrill over the outlook for commercial real estate in Houston. She does not see a bright future in the near term for hotels, offices, restaurants and retail strip centers as the full effect of the region's economic stall becomes apparent. Connect …
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson preview the Texans’ game against the Steelers and what it would take to pull off an upset in Pittsburgh on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast …
 
Since the pandemic hit in March, 15,000 Texans have died of COVID-19 — and 400,000 Texans have registered to vote. From Austin, politics reporter Jeremy Wallace discusses the effect those two numbers might have on the outcome of the November election. Read: Texas shatters voter registration records again as Trump-Biden election draws closer Connect…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson analyze what went wrong in the Texans’ loss to the Ravens to drop them to 0-2 on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listene…
 
On Saturday, the morning after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, columnist Erica Grieder started calling women to ask how they were processing the news. Those women told her they were shocked, heartbroken, devastated, sad and scared, but that everyone was busy. With the election only 45 days away, everyone, they said, is getting to work. Read: Grie…
 
Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer explain why the team misses more than Justin Verlander’s arm and discuss whether a lingering malaise can be remedied as the playoffs beckon. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for…
 
Last week Texas governor Greg Abbott held a press conference (!) and announced the next phase of reopening for much of the state, allowing most businesses, restaurants, offices, museums and libraries to operate at 75% capacity, up from 50%. He did not allow bars to reopen. Texas bars have been shutdown since June 26. Austin-based reporter Cayla Har…
 
One of the best people in the world to answer that question is Lauren Ancel Meyers. Meyers, a professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas-Austin, leads UT’s COVID-19 modeling consortium. Since the pandemic began, her team has modeled the virus’ spread across the United States. This week, the consortium released a new set of dashboar…
 
Seeking to support LGBTQ businesses threatened during the pandemic, the Human Rights Campaign, through an LGBTQ business preservation initiative, has given five-figure grants to 10 enterprises across the country, including Houston's Pearl Bar. Reporter Hannah Dellinger talks with Ferrill about why the survival of the bar is essential to its patrons…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson preview the Texans’ home opener against Baltimore, offer their predictions and discuss whether a 0-2 start is inevitable on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsr…
 
A handful of Texans have been accused of trying to defraud the Paycheck Protection Program of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES, according to the Department of Justice — and a recent story by reporter Olivia Tallet. One case involves an Almeda-area funeral director who tried to buy two limousines and two hearses with …
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson analyze the performance of the Texans’ offensive and defensive units in their season-opening loss at Kansas City on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid…
 
Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer break down a dismal road trip, a brewing battle with Seattle, and Justin Verlander’s narrowing window for a 2020 comeback. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy informati…
 
With five named storms in the Atlantic for the first time since 1971 — and with one of those storms seemingly taking aim at the host's home town of Mobile, Alabama — today Coronavirus Chronicle forgoes its customary journalist interview to give Ferrill a chance to reflect on the forecast models, both meteorological and viral, that hint at what is y…
 
Fresh off her coverage of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana reporter Emily Foxhall, the Chronicle's the Texas Storyteller, caught up with a group from Doctors Without Borders here in Houston where they come here to assist nursing homes. The organization usually operates in conflict zones and in places experiencing endemic diseases. This year, because of…
 
As a frequent guest on cable news vaccine researcher Dr. Peter Hotez has aimed to interpret scientific findings for as broad an audience as possible. He was one of the rare experts who appeared frequently on both Fox News and MSNBC. Recently, he abandoned his policy of not criticizing the White House. This week, we’ll talk about why he did that, wh…
 
The isolation of the pandemic has been an opportunity to reset and discover what she misses says restaurant critic Alison Cook. She has found coronavirus comfort in the food of her youth — peanut butter on crackers and spoonfuls of jarred spaghetti sauce ... albeit really good spaghetti sauce ... right out of the jar, while standing up in her kitch…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson break down the Texans’s Thursday night opener at Kansas City and make their predictions. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
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