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Daily insights from Houston Chronicle journalists and local experts about the pandemic’s impact on Texas health, business, politics, education, religion, lifestyle, culture and more.

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    • 4.4 • 31 Ratings

Daily insights from Houston Chronicle journalists and local experts about the pandemic’s impact on Texas health, business, politics, education, religion, lifestyle, culture and more.

    "Will you say that you're all mine for Christmas?": Music, melancholy and meditation

    "Will you say that you're all mine for Christmas?": Music, melancholy and meditation

    A spike in COVID-19 cases combined with the holidays makes for an extraordinary amount of stress. For ways to deal with it, Lisa called Alejandro Chaoul, an expert on the therapeutic effects of meditation and Tibetan yoga. They spoke with Chaoul sitting cross-legged on the floor of his wife’s family’s house in Costa Rica, where the family was quarantining. They discuss mindful ways to fight sleeplessness, loneliness and anxiety.

    But first, as promised, a surprise for Christmas: Chronicle Op/Ed editor Raj Mankad talks with Houston singer-songwriter Glenna Bell about her 2008 Christmas song Be my Valentine (on Christmas) and how its hopeful-yet-melancholy vibe feels just right for Raj at the close of 2020.

    Read stories by Lisa Gray and connect with her on Twitter or Facebook. Questions, comments or suggestions? Want a sticker? Send Lisa an email. Listen to Glenna Bell's music on Spotify.

    Here's a list of Alejandro Chaoul's upcoming classes and meditation sessions. And here's where you can stream a free half-hour "Meditation for Crisis and Uncertainty" video with Ale, courtesy Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
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    • 42 min
    Hotez: Despite vaccines on the horizon, ‘I think we’re in for it’

    Hotez: Despite vaccines on the horizon, ‘I think we’re in for it’

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    New vaccines are on the horizon — but is it too late to blunt the pandemic’s winter surge? Might Houston fare better than the rest of Texas? And why could a traditional-method vaccine be better for kids?

    Lisa checks in with vaccine researcher Peter Hotez. He’s a professor and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and he co-directs the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, where his lab team is developing COVID-19 vaccines.

    Read stories by Lisa Gray and connect with her on Twitter or Facebook. Have questions, comments or suggestions? Want a sticker? Send Lisa an email. 

     
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    • 29 min
    How to talk about vaccines so people will listen

    How to talk about vaccines so people will listen

    Forty-two percent of Americans say they're unlikely to get a COVID-19 vaccine. To end the pandemic, how do we persuade them? Tips from Texas A&M researcher Lu Tang.

    Read stories by Lisa Gray and connect with her on Twitter or Facebook. Have questions, comments or suggestions? Want a sticker? Send Lisa an email. 
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    • 24 min
    Addicks and Barker dams: Still a ticking time bomb?

    Addicks and Barker dams: Still a ticking time bomb?

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    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 environmental lawyer and co-director of the storm-studying SSPEED Center at Rice University.

    Read: Digging Buffalo Bayou deeper? Houstonians up in arms over Army Corps' 'old-fashioned' flood fixes.

    Connect with Lisa Gray on Twitter and Facebook. 

    More: SSPEED Center — Severe Storm Prediction, Education, & Evacuation from Disasters Center
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    • 24 min
    "Dr. Ben, does the Biden coronavirus task force give you hope?"

    "Dr. Ben, does the Biden coronavirus task force give you hope?"

    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 Texas A&M University - Texarkana, and peppers him with questions: the state of coronavirus research? The safety of warp-speed vaccines and how they work? Would he take the shot? How long will these vaccines protect us? And ... what about that Russian vaccine?

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    • 27 min
    Q&A with Lisa Gray: How to Steal an Election

    Q&A with Lisa Gray: How to Steal an Election

    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 voting security expert Dan Wallach to discuss the actual threats to American democracy.

    Wallach is a professor at Rice University's Department of Computer Science where he also manages the university's computer security lab. He is currently on sabbatical with a nonprofit group called VotingWorks, making and promoting better voting systems.

    This interview was recorded late in the afternoon of November 5, 2020. 

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    Read Lisa's interview with Dan Wallach on HoustonChronicle.com.
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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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Rename the podcast

It’s not about the coronavirus any more. We’ve been out of lockdown for a while now. It would be useful to have statistics on how people being in public again is impacting hospital ICU capacity set alongside reporting on the damage done to the poor and working people’s communities over the last few months.

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Abbott Apologists

This podcast was great at first, but the quality has gone downhill. Trying to make Abbott sound “brave” for mandating masks while there are morgue trucks outside of hospitals is downright obtuse.

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