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Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day’s most important and pressing issues — a place for the audience to share personal opinions and have the opportunity to ask questions of leading experts on any given subject. Through lively conversations, ranging from issues of race to the coronavirus, we strive to keep our listeners well-informed and educated. The ability to listen and share is what moves a society forward… together! You can listen to Town Square with Ernie Manouse every weekday at 3pm on News 88.7.

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    Banned books and the impact on our society

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 49:54


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Forty years ago, a surge of banned books led to the creation of Banned Books Week, and now with a rise in challenged books across the country, is history repeating itself? In recent news, Texas has become the state with the most banned books in the entire country after a series of bans in several school districts. With these events, Banned Books Week couldn't have come at a more appropriate time, with it's theme this year being “Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us.” Our panel of guests discuss the history of banning books, the motivations behind bans and how they've shifted over the years, and the impact it has on our society. Guests: Andrew Albanese Senior Writer for Publishers Weekly Deborah Caldwell-Stone Director of the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom Amber Seely Division Director of Collections and Technical Services at Harris County Public Library Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Culture & Arts: The Houston theater scene

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 49:07


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he is sending more troops into Ukraine.  We talk with an expert on international relations and American national security policy on this latest news, the status of Ukraine, and Putin's recent threats on the use of nuclear weapons. On the lighter side, the topic of today's show is the performing arts. Our guests Deborah Hope and Joel Sandel discuss the importance and cultural significance of theater, the thriving arts scene in Houston, and have a look at the shows audiences must see.   Catch our guests performing in the cabaret show Act III at the Ovations night club on September, 26th at 7:00pm, admission is free but reservation is required. For reservations email: michaelblaketapley@gmail.com The Tony-Award-winning musical Ain't Misbehavin' is currently playing at the Hobby Center until Sunday, October 2nd.  The musical is a celebration of the music of Fats Waller and the Harlem Renaissance and is a production by Theater Under the Stars. We talked with the production's assistant director. Also, Houston Public Media producer and announcer, Brenda Valdivia, joins us with "Town Share", our weekly segment where we share your e-mails, social media posts, and messages. Guests: Dr. Richard Stoll Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science at Rice University Aaron Brown Assistant Director, "Ain't Misbehavin'" Theater Under the Stars Deborah Hope Local Professional Actress Co-Host, “Car Takes” Joel Sandel Local Professional Actor Co-Host, “Car Takes” Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Talking Politics: Debating the issues of immigration, abortion, the economy and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 49:22


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. September 20 is National Voter Registration Day.  A representative from the Harris County Elections Administration explains how you can register to vote. The deadline to register is October 11, 2022, for the November 8 election.  For more information on how to register or update your registration, visit HarrisVotes.com, or VoteTexas.org. With just seven weeks until the election, we discuss the current issues and hot topics circulating around American politics. Guests from both sides of the political divide join us with their viewpoints on the issues, including abortion, immigration, the economy, gun control and voting security. Guests: D.J. Ybarra Deputy Director of Voter Registration Outreach, Harris County Elections Administration Sen. Paul Bettencourt Texas State Senator, District 7   Dallas Jones President/CEO, Elite Change Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps

    Queen Elizabeth II laid to rest

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 50:13


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. September 8th, 2022, Britain's long-standing monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96. She reigned for seventy years as the Queen, longer than any monarch in British history. Today, September 19th, 2022, a state funeral took place at Westminster Abbey as the Royal Family, world leaders, and thousands of mourners gathered to pay their respects to the late monarch. Our panel of guests discuss their thoughts and feelings on the day's events, the legacy she leaves behind, and the reaction from people all around the world mourning her passing. Guests:  Helen Mann Former British Vice Consul at the British Consulate General in Houston Former panelist on Houston Public Media's hugely popular Downtown Abbey after show “Manor of Speaking”  James Crawford-Smith Royal Reporter, Newsweek Dr. Aysha Pollnitz Associate Professor of History, Rice University Karen Peterson Former president, Daughters of the British Empire Texas Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps

    Remembering the Holocaust

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Many of us think we know and understand what happened during the Holocaust, but do we really understand how the United States responded? This is the subject of a new PBS documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns.  The U.S. and the Holocaust details the events that led to the Holocaust and how America closed its borders to thousands of Jews who sought refuge in the United States during this time. The film also explores whether America, a “nation of immigrants”, really lives up to the ideals it claims. The three-part, six-hour series, The U.S. and the Holocaust premieres Sunday, September 18, 2022, on Houston Public Media TV-8 at 7pm CT.  Episode two airs Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 7pm CT and episode three airs Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 7pm CT.  It also airs on PBS.org and PBS Passport. Dr. Rebecca Erbelding, historian from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and featured in the film, offers her insight on the Holocaust and how important it is to keep history alive. Sharing her first-hand account of her experience is Ruth Steinfeld, a Holocaust survivor.  She shares the hardships and prejudice she faced as a child, and how she uses her story to educate people on why it's so important to stop something like the Holocaust from happening again. Laurie Garcia, from the Houston Holocaust Museum, discusses the museums role in educating the public about the Holocaust. Guests: Ken Burns Documentary Filmmaker Dr. Rebecca Erbelding Historian, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Author, “Rescue Board” Ruth Steinfeld Holocaust Survivor Laurie Garcia Senior Associate Director of Education Houston Holocaust Museum Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    NYT best-selling author, James Patterson, on his new book “Blowback”. Plus, a conversation with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 50:28


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Having written more than two hundred novels, James Patterson is known as the "king of bestsellers", holding the record for the most number one New York Times best sellers by a single author. He is best known for his famous book series' Alex Cross, the Women's Murder Club, Michael Bennet, Maximum Ride, and many more. Patterson shares stories on his early career, interesting details of some of his recent books, and the inspiration behind his new thriller Blowback. On the topic of books, fiction reviews editor David Varno of Publishers Weekly talks about why he believes James Patterson has been so successful and shares his list of book recommendations for fall. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg also joins us to talk about his recent visit to Houston inspecting our city's infrastructure. Sec. Buttigieg discusses the amount of funding that will be used to improve the conditions of our freeways, airports, and public transportation. Guests: James Patterson World's Best-selling Author Author, Blowback Pete Buttigieg U.S. Secretary of Transportation David Varno Fiction Reviews Editor Publishers Weekly Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Understanding Adoption

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 49:57


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. With the overturning of Roe v. Wade, many were quick to suggest adoption as an alternative to abortion. However, the adoption process is a much more timely and costly process than most people are aware of. Today, we discuss the topic of adoption, what people can expect from this process, and the many different challenges and details of adoption not always talked about. Arnold Valdez, Vice President of Foster Care and Residential Services at DePelchin Children's Center, shared their mission of strengthening the lives of children by enhancing their mental health and physical well-being.  They are a non-profit adoption agency that provides a variety of services, including foster care and adoption programs, support services for families, counseling and parenting programs, and residential programs for youth. Family law and adoption attorney Rodney Jones  explains that adoption is a legal process.  The biological rights of both parents have to be terminated before a child is eligible for adoption.  Jones offered his expertise answering a variety of questions regarding the legalities of adoption.  He also has experience representing children in the CPS system and shared how rewarding it is to help lead them to a forever home.  Joy Sewing always knew she wanted to adopt.  She wanted to provide a home and loving environment for a child in need.  Today, Sewing is in the process of adopting two young children, after fostering for three years.  She shares her story, along with the challenges she has faced during the process, and how rewarding it is to see how much the children have grown.  As a foster and adoptive mom, Kristin Finan, saw foster children arrive at her doorstep with nothing but the clothes on their back. She knew they needed more, and co-founded Carrying Hope. Carrying Hope is a non-profit organization that creates “Hope Packs,” backpacks filled with everything a child needs for their first couple days in a new home. Guests: Arnold Valdez Vice President of Foster Care and Residential Services, DePelchin Children's Center Rodney Jones Attorney, The Rodney Jones Law Group Joy Sewing In the process of adopting 2 children Kristin Finan Co-Founder, President, and CEO, Carrying Hope Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Preventing suicide: what you need to know to help those in crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 49:00


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. One in four people will experience mental illness at some point during their lifetime, but are often undiagnosed.  We lost almost 46,000 people in the U.S. to suicide in 2020, which is nearly double the number of deaths by homicide. September is Suicide Prevention Month.  Suicide is a hard subject to discuss, but it's important to create an open space to talk about it in order to understand, and help, those who are struggling. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrea Kalin shares the story of the Twomey family and their journey of dealing with loss and grief after their son, C-J, died by suicide.  By inviting strangers to help scatter C-J's ashes around the world, a global community formed.  This story is featured in the documentary Scattering CJ. Scattering CJ airs on Houston Public Media TV 8 Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 9:30pm CT, and streaming anytime on PBS Passport. We also talk with psychologists Dr. Doreen Marshall and Dr. Rheeda Walker on mental health, suicide and prevention, and how we can help those who might be struggling. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or needs help, call the National Suicide and Crisis Hotline at 988 or log on to 988lifeline.org. Guests: Andrea Kalin Award-winning documentary filmmaker Founder of Spark Media Director, Producer and writer of Scattering CJ Dr. Doreen Marshall  Psychologist  Vice President of Mission Engagement, American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Dr. Rheeda Walker Professor of Psychology, University Of Houston Author, The Unapologetic Guide To Black Mental Health Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Celebrating the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 49:51


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022, after a 70-year reign as Queen.  She's the longest-serving  monarch in British history, and the second longest-reigning sovereign in world history. For many British citizens and people around the world, she was the only British monarch that had ruled in their lifetimes. After living through many significant historical events, the Queen leaves behind an impressive legacy, from her coronation in 1952, to the appointment of Britain's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, and to her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year commemorating the seventieth anniversary of her accession as the Queen. Reflecting on some of these moments, we talk with the Former British Vice Consul at the British Consulate General in Houston, Helen Mann, and Rice University Associate Professor of History, Dr. Aysha Pollnitz.  Also, what does Queen Elizabeth's death mean for the British monarchy and Commonwealth going forward, and what we can expect from her successor, King Charles III. Guests: Helen Mann Former British Vice Consul at the British Consulate General in Houston Former Panelist on Houston Public Media's Downton Abbey after show “Manor of Speaking” Dr. Aysha Pollnitz Associate Professor of History Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Ground Zero 360 “Remembrance” exhibition honors the lives lost on 9/11

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 49:28


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Never forget. Twenty-one years later, the scars left by the events of September 11, 2001, are still fresh for many Americans who tragically lost their loved ones during the attacks. Many, like artist Nicola McClean, remember where she was that tragic day as she witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center. As a photographer living in New York City at the time, she grabbed her camera, headed downtown, and captured what she could on film.  She wasn't prepared for the devastation, but told herself in that moment, that through these images, this would never be forgotten. Her experiences from that tragic day inspired Nicola to create the Ground Zero 360 “Remembrance” exhibition, which features photographs, artwork made from materials recovered from the Twin Towers, missing person posters, and personal artifacts from police officers and firefighters who lost their lives that tragic day.  The exhibit also features the work of over 60 artists from all over the world as they reflected on their feelings of the 9/11 attacks. In this episode, live on location at the exhibit, hear from the curator and co-founder of the Ground Zero 360 exhibition, retired NYPD Inspector Paul McCormack.  He shares his experience working as an NYPD commanding officer on that day, working to locate survivors at Ground Zero with other first responders, and the inspiration he found from fellow Americans banding together in the wake of such a tragedy. We also talk to family members who lost loved ones on that day and how they are honoring their memories. Plus, we talk with a participating artist on why it was so important for him to be a part of this exhibit. Ground Zero 360 “Remembrance” runs September 12, 2022, through January 31, 2023 at Houston Baptist University Art Museum and Galleries.  It is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Guests: Paul McCormack Retired NYPD Inspector Curator, Executive Producer & Co-Founder, Ground Zero 360 Michael Roque Collins Artist Senior Director of Visual Arts Department, Houston Baptist University Senior Artist-In-Residence, Painting Jim Smith Lost his wife, NYPD Officer Moira Smith Patrick Jackson Lost His Brother-In-Law, FDNY Firefighter Kevin O'Rourke Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Legendary TV director James Burrows on his role in crafting the American sitcom

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 49:14


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. From his first directing credit on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, to becoming an in-house director for Taxi,  co-creating the iconic Cheers, and directing shows like Friends, Frasier, and the groundbreaking Will and Grace, James Burrows has, no doubt, made an enormous impact on television history. He's directed more than 75 pilots and reached the milestone of directing 1,050 television episodes, an achievement no other director in history holds. His memoir, Directed by James Burrows, dives into his long career from his beginnings as a television director, interesting details on the creation of these shows, and never-revealed stories behind the casting of many of these famous programs that have made us laugh for over fifty years. Guest: James Burrows • Legendary TV director and author of Directed by James Burrows Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Author Lisa Nikolidakis opens up about her memoir “No One Crosses The Wolf”

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 49:22


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. We all go through hard times in life, and often, it's those who love us, who hurt us.  Sometimes that level of hurt can lead to trauma, especially for those who endure an abusive childhood. At the hands of her father, Lisa Nikolidakis had been through a lot.  Then, in a story that made national headlines in 2003, her world was turned upside down even more, when Lisa's father murdered his girlfriend and her teenage daughter, and then turned the gun on himself. How was Lisa and her family going to deal with the impact of this traumatic event? She shares that in her powerful new memoir, No One Crosses The Wolf.    September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  If you or someone you know is in crisis or contemplating suicide, call 988, or log on to 988Lifeline.org Guests: Lisa Nikolidakis • Author, No One Crosses The Wolf Dr. Jeff Temple • Vice Dean for Research and Scholarship, School of Nursing   John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Community Health   Director, Center for Violence Prevention   UTMB Health Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    The Latest: COVID & Monkeypox, Current Affairs in Education, & Appointment of Special Master to Examine Mar-a-Lago Documents

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 49:50


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. We kick off a brand new season of Town Square with Ernie Manouse covering a broad range of topics: health and wellness, education, and politics.  We start the discussion with the latest on COVID, new boosters targeting the omicron variant, monkeypox, and preparation for the flu season.  Plus, what do parents need to know to keep their kids healthy this school year. Now that school is in session, we discuss the challenges facing teachers, including school safety, censorship of books and the new “In God We Trust” law in Texas. We also examined the appointment of an independent special master to look over the documents seized by the FBI at President Trump's estate, Mar-a-Lago. Guests: Dr. Michael Chang • Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist, UTHealth Houston and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital Zeph Capo • President, Texas American Federation of Teachers Dr. Frank Sorrentino • Professor Emeritus at St. Francis College Author, Presidential Power and the American Political System Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Ask the Vet: Dr. Hunter Finn shares tips and advice for having healthy dogs and cats

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 49:25


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. As the owner of Pet Method, veterinarian and social media sensation, Dr. Hunter Finn, sees all types of canines and felines, providing services like primary care, urgent care, preventive care, veterinary acupuncture, virtual appointments, surgical procedures, and dental cleanings. Now with 2 million followers on TikTok and nearly 500,000 on Instagram, Dr. Finn became “America's Favorite Veterinarian” during the pandemic by posting videos, sharing advice for quarantined pet owners, and showing off his dance moves. That's when he realized he could help more animals than he could physically see at his hospital. Today, we talk with Dr. Finn about how to keep your pets healthy and happy.  Plus, he answers questions from our listeners on what to do if you notice your dog or cat behaving differently, what antibiotics and ointments to use on cats, choosing the right pet food to fit your pet's active lifestyle, and what to do when your cat or dog is sick. Also, Houston Public Media producer and announcer, Brenda Valdivia, is here with “Town Share”, our weekly segment where we share your e-mails, social media posts, and messages. Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Health and safety tips for students returning to school

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 49:22


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Now that the CDC has revised its COVID-19 guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk, there's still concern for what this means for the health and safety of kids as school begins. School medical officials ensure there are ways schools and students can prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Wellness visits and up-to-date immunizations are also important for our kids as they head back to school.   Many children missed these necessary check-ups during the pandemic. Today, we talk with experts from the National Association of School Nurses,  UTHealth Houston, along with authorities from the Galveston County Health District and the Houston Health Department on what they're doing to keep students safe, healthy, and stopping the spread of major diseases. Also, we take calls from our listeners to address questions and concerns when it comes to sending kids back to school. Guests: Dr. Phillip Keiser Galveston County Local Health Authority and CEO of the Galveston County Health District Professor of Medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Janeana White Deputy Local Health Authority for the Houston Health Department Donna Mazyck Registered Nurse Executive Director of the National Association of School Nurses Dr. Luis Ostrosky Chief of Infectious Diseases, UT Health Houston and Memorial Hermann Hospital Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Hurricane Harvey 5 years later: Reflections on the storm and lessons learned

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 49:29


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey roared into the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane and then turned into a catastrophic flooding disaster for Houston and other parts of the state's coastline. It hit the Houston area – bringing with it the highest sustained winds at 130 miles per hour and almost 50 inches of rain. Five years later, what do we remember about the storm and the aftermath?  Are we better prepared the next time a historic hurricane hits Houston and Harris County? In talking with two former Harris County leaders, we discuss the challenges that were faced, the lessons learned, and the importance of being transparent when communicating with the public.  But how do weather and disaster relief organizations get the necessary information out, but also keep their involvement structured during chaos? To answer that question, we hear from two local heroes who delivered meals throughout Southeast Texas to those who were displaced, first responders, and the National Guard. Also, we take calls from listeners to share what they remember most about weathering Hurricane Harvey and their personal stories. Guests: Ed Emmett Fellow in Energy and Transportation Policy Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy Serve as Harris County Judge during Hurricane Harvey Francisco Sanchez Associate Administrator, Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance Served as Harris County Office of Emergency Management Public Information  Office during Hurricane Harvey Jonathan Beitler  Director of Communications and Special Events, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art Melissa Holder Business owner and former restaurant manager Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Health and safety tips for students returning to school

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 49:22


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Now that the CDC has revised its COVID-19 guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk, there's still concern for what this means for the health and safety of kids as school begins. School medical officials ensure there are ways schools and students can prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Wellness visits and up-to-date immunizations are also important for our kids as they head back to school.   Many children missed these necessary check-ups during the pandemic. Today, we talk with experts from the National Association of School Nurses,  UTHealth Houston, along with authorities from the Galveston County Health District and the Houston Health Department on what they're doing to keep students safe, healthy, and stopping the spread of major diseases. Also, we take calls from our listeners to address questions and concerns when it comes to sending kids back to school. Guests: Dr. Phillip Keiser Galveston County Local Health Authority and CEO of the Galveston County Health District Professor of Medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch Dr. Janeana White Deputy Local Health Authority for the Houston Health Department Donna Mazyck Registered Nurse Executive Director of the National Association of School Nurses Dr. Luis Ostrosky Chief of Infectious Diseases, UT Health Houston and Memorial Hermann Hospital Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    ‘Mean Girls’: Lessons from the show and how to stop bullying in school

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 49:06


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Mean Girls the musical hits the stage in Houston.  The show features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond, and  lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs. Cast member April Josephine, who plays Mrs. Heron, Ms. Norbury, and Mrs. George, talks with us about her experience touring with this production, the nuance of her roles, and what audiences can expect.  Josephine is not only an actress, but also works as an arts educator.  She shares why the arts and theatre is so important in providing an open, safe space for students to discuss hard topics. Also, as students head back to school, we talk with a school psychologist, about “mean girl” behavior, what causes it, and how we can prevent it.  Plus, what parents, students, and school staff can do about bullying, and cyberbullying. If you or someone you know is being bullied, contemplating suicide, or in crisis, call 988, or log on to 988LifeLine.org.  “Mean Girls”, the musical comedy based on the hit film, runs August 17 – 21, 2022, at the Hobby Center in Houston.  For more information, log on to www.TheHobbyCenter.org.  Please note, the Tuesday, August 16, 2022, performance of “Mean Girls” has been rescheduled due to unforeseen technical difficulties.  Tickets for the August 16, 2022, performance, are now valid for a newly added performance on Friday, August 19, 2022, at 2:00pm CT.  Ticketholders unable to attend the new performance should check their e-mail or reach out to their original point of purchase for further options. Guests: April Josephine Actress in 'Mean Girls' (Mrs. Heron/Ms. Norbury/Mrs. George)  Dr. Laurie McGarry Klose School Psychologist, Owner of educational consulting firm RespectED, and Immediate Past President of the National Association of School Psychologists Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Challenges, updates on the Uvalde school shooting. What’s actually been done?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 49:53


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. In this episode of Town Square, we focus on grief and healing, as we continue to learn what really happened during the Uvalde mass shooting at Robb Elementary School and what's next.  Although, parents of the victims are trying to handle everything with dignity, they are are still angry and don't understand how the police could have not had a plan to act sooner. According to the Texas Tribune, Uvalde parents are now choosing private or online education because of what happened. If the police would have acted sooner, would there have been a much better outcome? What is the current situation with Chief Pete Arredondo and Uvalde CISD? We speak to Alfred Garza III, a parent who lost his 10-year-old daughter in the shooting and describes what it was like when police arrived on the scene.  Also, we talk to Texas government officials for a better view of where we are in understanding what happened in Uvalde, as they explain why there's a need to focus on mental health and gun control at the same time, not separately. Guests: Dr. Jeff Temple Vice Dean for Research at UTMB's School of Nursing John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Community Health Director of The Center for Violence Prevention, University of Texas Medical Branch Brian Lopez Public Education Reporter, The Texas Tribune Alfred Garza III Father to Amerie Jo Garza, Robb Elementary School shooting victim Democratic Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez Representing TX District 19 Democratic Representative Al Green U.S. Congressman, representing Texas' 9th Congressional District Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Actress Sharon Gless opens up about her personal memoir and iconic TV roles

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 49:29


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. We've seen Sharon Gless act in Cagney & Lacey, Queer as Folk, Burn Notice, and countless other shows and movies. Now, she opens up completely in Apparently There Were Complaints, a hilarious, deeply personal memoir that talks about her 50-year career in Hollywood. Fans say the role Gless played as policewoman Christine Cagney in the hit television series Cagney & Lacey (1981-1988) was a perfect display of women working in a male-dominated environment, but who were relatable as real women. Some may also remember Gless and her Cagney & Lacey co-star Tyne Daly for their 1999 special performance of  You're Nothing Without Me from the musical comedy, City of Angels.  In this episode of Town Square, Gless, a two-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe Award winner, shares a relatable, heart-felt understanding of how some of her iconic roles have left a lasting impression on society and American culture — giving our audience a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her life on and off camera. Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.  We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    In crisis, CORE brings relief to those who need it most

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 49:21


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. The mission of actor Sean Penn's Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) non-profit organization is to build systems that better prepare communities for crisis and prevent the effects of devastation on the most vulnerable populations. CORE wants to ensure the work they do has a long-lasting impact in disaster areas both here and abroad. When crisis happens in Ukraine and other areas of the globe, how do humanitarian organizations like CORE get aid to people who need it most?   How do groups get into a country if there's fighting? It takes work and a bit of negotiation with government entities. Today, we talk to CORE's co-founder and CEO about the organization's current work and how we all can help.  Also, a political expert explains how government and humanitarian groups work together. Guests: Ann Lee Co-Founder and CEO of CORE Dr. Richard Stoll, Ph.D. Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Polity Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science, Rice University Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    ‘Latino USA’ host Maria Hinojosa on her life, career and finding her voice

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 49:16


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Combining stories from her life, Emmy Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Once I Was You, Maria Hinojosa, talked with us about her life growing up as an immigrant in America.  The adapted version of the book for young readers, Once I Was You: Finding My Voice and Passing the Mic will be released August 30, 2022. In our conversation with Hinojosa, the Pulitzer Prize-winning host of Latino USA shares why she decided to re-craft her memoir for children, what she thinks about immigration issues at the southern border, and why we need to find some commonality to save our democracy. "There's no threat to the US with immigrants coming from the border. We need to reframe the conversation", says Hinojosa. As a journalist, what does she think about the importance of diversity in the newsroom and reporting? Plus, what is the distinction between the terms Latin-X, Latino and Hispanic? Host Ernie Manouse discusses all of this and more with Hinojosa and takes calls from our listeners. Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence is the first in presidential history

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 49:07


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. What was the actual motivation behind the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Monday?   What are the next steps after the FBI raid? The answers to these questions remain to be discovered, especially since this is the first time in history that federal agents have had to search a previous President's home under an investigation into potentially classified documents being stored at their private residence. The situation also brings up discussion on what types of classified documents should not have left the White House. Plus, how will this play out politically? Our legal and political experts break down the latest details, along with thoughts and reactions from our listeners. Guests: The Honorable Vanessa Gilmore Retired Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Brandon Rottinghaus Professor, Department of Political Science University of Houston and co-host of the Houston Public Media podcast “Party Politics” Danny Cevallos Criminal Defense Attorney and Legal Analyst Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Social media culture and the power of influencers

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 48:45


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. The world of social media influencers has become a phenomenon. But many still wonder what it really means to be an influencer and what the steps are to becoming one. While some of us mainly use social media as a tool to just connect with family and friends, there are also ways to make lots of money. But what's the difference between a mega influencer, nano influencer, and micro-influencer? Our guests today not only talk about how they each became social media influencers and what it means to be one, they also talk about how it gave them confidence to pursue their passions, while influencing others to do the same. We also talk with a marketing expert about how social media influencers affect the buying impact on consumers — shaping trends and purchase patterns. Guests: Dr. Jenna Drenten Associate Professor of Marketing, Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University of Chicago Holly Tuggy Bilingual Digital Content Creator and Influencer Twitter/Facebook/YouTube: @superholly Harper Watters Dancer and First Soloist, The Houston Ballet Digital Content Creator and Influencer, How to Take a Selfie   TikTok /Instagram: @theharperwatters Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Houston ‘legendary’ country radio hosting duo Dan Gallo and Chuck Akers reunite

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2022


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. As former morning co-hosts at Cox Media Group classic country “Country Legends 97.1” KTHT Houston, Dan Gallo and Chuck Akers have informed, educated, and inspired radio listeners over a wide range of generations.  They bring fun, laughter, energy, and expertise over the airwaves, while reminiscing on their experiences in the radio industry and how the industry has changed over the years. Taking listeners down memory lane, Dan and Chuck take calls from our audience, hearing great reflections from those who enjoyed them in their previous time on the radio together. Guests: Dan Gallo Former Co-Host of the Morning Drive on Country Legends Radio Current Host on SuiteRadio's “The Legend” Chuck Akers Former Co-Host of the Morning Drive on Country Legends Radio Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Live from B&B Butchers Steakhouse for Houston Restaurant Weeks 2022!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 49:42


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Local residents are dining out for a good cause in support of Houston Restaurant Weeks August 1 - September 5, 2022.  Founded by the late “Diva of Dining” restaurant correspondent and philanthropist Cleverley Stone in 2003, Houston Restaurant Weeks spurs an annual citywide boom in restaurant revenues and contributions to the Houston Food Bank.  Today, we're live from B&B Butchers Restaurant to talk with several participating restauranteurs that say they're touched to be able to give back to the community during this event because it allows them to do something small, but impact people's lives in a big way. We also visit with Cleverley Stone's daughter, who shares what it means to carry on her mother's legacy.  Guests: Katie Stone President of the Cleverley Stone Foundation and Houston Restaurant Weeks Kiran Verma Chef and Owner, Kiran's Restaurant Alex Brennan-Martin Owner, Brennan's Houston Benjamin Berg CEO and Founder Berg Hospitality Group Owner, B&B Butchers Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    TOWN SQUARE EXCLUSIVE: Beto O’Rourke’s discusses plans on Texas power grid, Roe v. Wade, gun safety measures

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 50:13


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Making a stop on his 49-day Drive for Texas campaign, taking him to 70+ cities in 65+ counties, Democratic nominee for the 2022 Texas gubernatorial election Beto O'Rourke is traveling more than 5,600 miles to hold around 70 public events in every part of the state this summer as he campaigns to become the 49th governor of Texas. In this exclusive one-on-one episode, we talk with O'Rourke as he addresses concerns and questions from listener calls on several issues, including: His plan to fix the power grid Abbott's extreme attacks on women and overturning Roe v. Wade A plan to implement commonsense gun safety measures, including universal background checks which 93% of Texans support Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    With threat of a recession, how will this impact our economy, and how can we best prepare?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 49:52


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Last week the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in a row, trying to help curb inflation. These concerns have us making changes in what we buy and watching our bank accounts more closely. But what has lead to these dire economic times? And with all the solutions being explored, what really can be done to right the nation's financial issues. Also, how can children escape poverty as they become adults? One large new study give clues about how lower-income children can rise up the economic ladder.  Locally, the good news is that having recovered from pandemic job loss, reports show that Houston's economic growth is strong. In this episode, economic experts discuss the state of the economy and the impact it will have on your bottom line.  Guests: Matthew Jackson Professor of Economics from Stanford University and the Santa Fe Institute Dietrich von Biedenfeld Assistant Professor and Department Chair in the College of Business at the University of Houston Downtown Dr. John Diamond, Ph.D. Director, Center for Public Finance at the Baker Institute Adjunct Professor of Economics at Rice University Mike Norman President, Modern Money Network (MMT) Economics Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Is there still time to contain the monkeypox virus outbreak?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 49:54


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. With the total confirmed monkeypox/orthopoxvirus cases in the United States at 5,811, there are 397 of those cases in Texas. And in Houston/Harris County,  83 cases have been reported. What we learned in our last segment is that the virus is not limited to one population or gender. And although the monkeypox virus has spread mostly among men who have sex with men, everyone is at risk.  Today, we discuss the latest on monkeypox, what you need to know, and resources available. Having symptoms, or know someone who is, call  the Houston Health Department at 832-393-4220 or the Harris County Public Health Hotline at 832-927-0707. Guests: Dr. Susan McLellan Medical Director of the Bio-containment Treatment Unit and Director of Bio-safety for Research-Related Infectious Pathogens at UTMB Health. Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.

    NASA celebrates 64 years of pushing the boundaries of science and technology

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 49:17


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. On July 29, 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Today, in 2022, we celebrate more than six decades of space exploration and the successes of the nation's space program. With several new developments on the horizon for NASA, the James Webb Telescope is giving us new images and information from space, and it may have just unearthed the most distant galaxies ever seen.  Also, the Artemis 1 Space Program, a human spaceflight program to explore the moon, eventually sending the first astronauts to Mars, is set to launch next month. For those who don't understand space, our experts in this conversation will provide understanding of our place in the world and environment we live in, as we explore all of this and more on NASA's 64th birthday. Guests: Brian C. Odom, PhD, MLIS Acting NASA Chief Historian, NASA History Division Dr. David Law Associate Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute Katheryn Vazquez Docking Systems, Hatches and Mechanisms Subject Matter Expert for Gateway's “Deep Space Logistics” at Kennedy Space Center Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    ‘Ask the Lawyer’ Episode: When it comes to all people being treated fairly in the eyes of the law, what’s the best way to navigate the system?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 50:09


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Today, we are discussing the latest legal topics in the news, everything from abortion to the innocence project. Our husband and wife team of legal experts will address concerns of who do we talk to and how do we find resolution on some of the most pressing issues. But what about those we are wrongly judged? What are the options at that point? Also, we highlight a theatre play that offers an interesting look at the jury process that we normally don't get to see. Twelve Angry Jurors is featured August 5th through 20th at Studio 101 in Houston. For tickets and information, log on to Conemanrunning.com Guests: John Raley Houston Attorney and Founding Partner of  Raley and Bowick Law Firm Plays Juror #Eight in Cone Man Running's productions of “Twelve Angry Jurors” Kelly Raley, JD, LLM Houston Attorney Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Disability Pride Month: Advocates feel the phrase ‘special needs’ has become a derogatory term, prefer the phrase be eliminated completely

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 48:58


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Is it ok to use the term 'disabled'? A disabled former public affairs specialist for the National Council on Disability thinks so. There's the belief that the word is necessary in that it connects members of the community through a common history — a lineage of those who fought, protested, and persisted. But when it comes to using the term 'special needs', there's a different view. One law, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed 32 years ago on July 26, 1990, was put in place to insure that those with a disability are afforded the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. In this episode, we are talking about the rights of those who live with a disability, and what changes society needs to adopt to make a more inclusive world. Guests: Carson Tueller (Paralyzed from the chest down) Motivational speaker, coach, and activist Lawrence Carter-Long (Born with cerebral palsy) Former Public Affairs Specialist for the National Council on Disability Director, Discourse & Development at DisArt, and Founder of #SayTheWord Vivian Shudde CEO, The Brookwood Community Eileen Edmonds Associate Director of Education, Theatre Under The Stars Kevin Kern COO, The Center For Pursuit Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Monkeypox is ‘not an LGBTQ disease, it just happened to hit this community first’, says Houston resident

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 49:35


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. As the World Health Organization declares the monkeypox outbreak as an international public health emergency, what is the risk of the virus here in Harris County? What we know is that although cases are rising, the community threat level is low, with 47 cases in Houston and 10 cases in Harris County. To give the big picture and to help understand what we can expect, we talk with infectious disease experts and community leaders to explore all aspects of this newest threat and what you need to know if you have symptoms. Also, as we take listener calls for questions and comments, we hear testimonials from two people who have contracted the monkeypox virus. One shares that he's currently experiencing mild symptoms, while the other, Houston resident Wesley Wallace, describes his experience of a more severe case.  For questions on testing, vaccinations, and more, call the Harris  County  Monkeypox Hotline at 832-927-0707. Guests: Judge Lina Hidalgo Harris County Judge Dr. James McDeavitt, MD Executive Vice President and Dean of Clinical Affairs at Baylor College of Medicine Dr. Susan McLellan, MD, MPH Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medical Director of the UTMB Bio-containment Care Unit Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.

    Texas celebrity chef Tiffany Derry talks new show, ‘The Great American Recipe’ airing on PBS

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 50:25


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Food is more than just nourishing our bodies, it's one way we communicate and share with others about our culture and family history. And with a rich history of diversity in America, our recipes have become as diverse as we are. Today, we invite your family recipes — those that have been passed down and keep the flavors and traditions of your heritage alive. Beaumont, Texas native, James Beard nominated chef, restauranteur, and one of the judges of The Great American Recipe, Tiffany Derry is here to share her experience.  The Great American Recipe airs Friday nights at 8 pm central on PBS, with episodes available to watch on pbs.org or on the PBS video app. The season finale airs Friday, August 12th. Guest: Celebrity Chef Tiffany Derry Judge on The Great American Recipe Chef and owner of Roots Southern Table and Roots Chicken Shak Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Presidential historian says Trump’s ‘dereliction of duty’ should also be seen as criminal conduct

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 48:44


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. In day eight of the January 6th hearing, the committee made the case that President Trump's refusal to intervene in the Capitol Riot was a “dereliction of his duty”. Many also say evidence shows that Trump wanted to threaten constitutional order — that he was “Executive Producer” of the insurrection. He called rioters to Washington by using war rhetoric to get them to attack the Capitol while he sat back to watch and enjoy it. But the committee seems to have put together a wise strategy of using witnesses who are primarily life-long republicans.  Not only are they appalled by Trump's actions,  they are brave enough to speak the truth — risking their lives, their family, safety, and livelihood. Is it time for us to re-examine what we expect from our elected officials? Years from now, how will history look back at this moment in time?  Our panel of experts are here to break down the latest details. Guests: Jennifer Mercieca Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University Author of “Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump” Mike Purdy Presidential Historian Author of  “Presidential Friendships: How They Changed History”. Timothy Naftali  Clinical Associate Professor of History and Public Service at NYU Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Is it possible for America to uphold the Second Amendment, and also have gun laws in place to stop violence? Plus, President Biden tests positive for COVID, increases risk for more severe case

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 49:03


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. With mass shootings consistently making headlines these days, there's a stronger push for newer and stronger laws. Gun safety vs. the Second Amendment — why can't both exist? "Interests are too strong in the country to have substantive gun law improvements. Easy access to guns leads to more violence," one gun violence expert says. There are also those from the general public who feel gun owners that are not responsible with their guns should face significant civil fines, or there should be criminal prosecution for all of the accidental deaths that occur with minors shooting minors.  Today, a panel of gun violence and gun law experts answer listener calls, questions, and concerns on these hot-button issues. But first, we discuss how President Biden was scheduled to give a speech on gun violence today, having been vaccinated and twice boosted, but still tested positive for COVID-19.  A local infections disease expert weighs in to explain what we need to know now, as these sorts of breakthrough infections climb steadily with the highly transmissible BA.5 omicron subvariant spreading throughout the country. Guests: Dr. Michael Chang Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician, McGovern Medical School and Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital Peter Ambler Executive Director and Co-Founder, Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence Organization Dru Stevenson Wayne Fisher Research Professor and  Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    How new abortion laws are affecting women’s mental and physical health

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 49:37


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. With the country still very divided over the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, states are putting their own laws on abortion into effect — making it very confusing for many Americans. As we take a look at the latest laws in Texas and across America, there's also the question of what health implications we see in regard to these new laws. What legal impact does this have for women across Texas and the US? Also, many wonder if there are penalties if a woman travels out of state for a procedure.  As Ohio restricts abortions, we learn that a 10-year-old female rape victim had to travel to Indiana to have this procedure done. What health and psychological implications do these decisions carry with them? In this episode, we will discuss this complicated issue and look at how people feel about having the government deciding over their lives in this manner. Plus, our panel of experts take calls to address listener questions and concerns. Guests: Dr. Richelle Whittaker Educational Psychologist, Parenting Advisor, and CEO of Next Steps At Work and at Providential Counseling Services Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton OB-GYN and President-Elect of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Emily Berman Associate Professor, University of Houston Law Center Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    What parents need to know about COVID and monkeypox vaccines as they prepare to send their kids back to school

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 49:42


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. With the pandemic still being a part of everyone's reality after two-and-a-half years, the following questions remain: Globally, what is going on with COVID? Nationally, where are we on COVID? Locally, are we at our peak infection rate, or are the numbers still growing?  And now that monkeypox is on the rise, how worried should we be about that? The good news is that as more information becomes available, the better we are at fighting these unwanted infectious agents. Recently, what we've learned is that the CDC has endorsed Novavax, a more traditional COVID vaccine for adults. However, experts say our COVID protection outside isn't what it was in 2020, so we still need to think more critically about outdoor gatherings. Also, when it comes to scheduling your child's back-to-school physicals and appointments, medical experts advise on how to make sure they are up to date on routine vaccines and how added protection can help their immune system.    Guests: Dr. Peter Hotez, MD, PhD Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine Co-Director, Texas Children's Hospital for Vaccine Development Dr. Sandra McKay Pediatrician, UT Health Houston and UT Physicians Dr. Catherine Troisi Associate Professor, Divisions of Management, Policy, and Community Health and Epidemiology at UTHealth School of Public Health Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    A closer look at Uvalde school shooting ‘systemic failures’, and what’s being done to help families heal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 47:58


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. A new report by the Texas House of Representatives investigative committee on the Robb Elementary school mass shooting found that "systemic failures" and "poor decision making" failed to stop an 18-year-old shooter from killing 19 students and two teachers on May 24 in Uvalde, Texas. Some say it's disturbing to hear people attempting to make legitimate excuses for the Uvalde Police Department. Others feel that too much blame is being place on police officers, and not enough blame being placed on the leadership in Texas. What about mental health support services to assist those deeply affected by this tragedy? Last week, Uvalde County Commissioners approved allowing the Ecumenical Center to run a resilience center to help with counseling services for the family and victims of the mass shooting. In this episode, we hear from Texas law enforcement and mental health experts, as we take listener calls to uncover what happens when we put our faith in the police and other first responders to protect our children, but the systems we believe in fail. Guests: Mary Beth Fisk CEO / Executive Director of the Ecumenical Center for Education, Counseling & Health Chief Jimmy Perdue Chief Of Police, North Richland Hills Police Department President, Texas Police Chiefs Association Dr. Jeff Temple Psychologist, Director of the Center for Violence Prevention at UTMB Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Scientists race against time to save coral reefs from a life ‘On the Rocks’

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 50:04


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. The difference between life and death is only a few degrees in temperature for coral reefs. Their role in our ocean is not just a multicolored jewel of ecological diversity but a way of protecting our coastlines from erosion. Scientists are in a race against time and climate change as they undertake one of the largest environmental rescue missions on the planet to save our oceans. Is the solution to keeping the ocean cool up in the clouds? Dr. Juli Berwald Author of LIFE ON THE ROCKS: Building a Future for Coral Reefs This episode of Town Square is guest-hosted by Brenda Valdivia, in for Ernie Manouse. Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    The future of the animation industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 50:08


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. The art of animation has made leaps and bounds since first appearing as a novelty act in the early 1900s. Now, animated films are expected to be both technically and emotionally complex as they explore themes of grief, love, and self-discovery. All while they appear seamlessly natural and fantastical. Unlike most Hollywood projects, the pandemic didn't slow down animation productions, yet it's changing significantly thanks to the internet and a new wave of creators producing your favorite toons. What does the future of animation have in store? And what stories can fans expect in a genre where entire production companies share their ideas across the globe? Jinko Gotoh Vice-President of Women in Animation (WIA) Producer of KLAUS and The Lego Movie 2 Animation industry consultant Maija Burnett Director of the Character Animation Program at California Institute of the Arts This episode of Town Square is guest-hosted by Brenda Valdivia, in for Ernie Manouse. Below are some examples of animated short films made by students at CalArts: Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

    Medical experts rethink weight management’s causes, contributions, and social stigma. 

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 48:38


    Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk. Obesity rates are climbing in the United States, with Texas higher than the national average at the 30-49 percent range.  As more Americans face weight challenges, a new wave of medical understanding challenges the causes, contributions, and social stigma about weight management.  Dr. Nik Dhurandhar Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University Editor In Chief of the International Journal of Obesity Past president of The Obesity Society Dr. Sameer Murali Obesity medicine specialist at UTHealth Houston Dr. Jennifer Bahrman Professor of psychiatry at UTHealth Houston This episode of Town Square is guest-hosted by Brenda Valdivia, in for Ernie Manouse. Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues. Audio from today's show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.

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