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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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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.

    The sixth Jan. 6 hearing: Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony, metal detectors seem to help reveal a ‘smoking gun’

    The sixth Jan. 6 hearing: Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony, metal detectors seem to help reveal a ‘smoking gun’

    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 an inside view of what was happening inside the White House on January 6, White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson's testimony, gives a play-by-play of the West Wing leading up to the insurrection, stating that Trump didn't want to stop Capitol attack. 

    As Hutchinson gave a complete rundown of the various types of erratic behavior Trump acted out on a regular basis, she also mentioned  how he tried to grab the steering wheel from a Secret Service agent while being driven back to the White House after the Jan. 6 rally inside of a limo.

    Some say that after listening to Hutchinson's testimony regarding Trump reaching for the steering wheel of the limo, this demonstrates real evidence of a narcissistic, unstable person who has no business holding public office. 

    Then there are those who think even more information came out in the hearing today, where Trump wanted metal detectors taken away for Jan. 6, saying armed rallygoers were not there to hurt him.

    And what about the people involved in the Jan. 6 riot who are asking for pardons? Many wonder if doing so is an admission of guilt.

    While today's hearing leaves us with more information to digest, we invite listeners to share their thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns with experts in the field of political science.

    Guests:

    Dr. Robert Stein


    Lena Goal-man Fox Professor of Political Science, Rice University

    Dr. Paul Brace


    Clarence L. Carter Chair of Legal Studies, Department 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.

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    Documentary ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness’ airs on PBS

    Documentary ‘Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness’ airs on PBS

    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.

    It is one of the things that traditionally we are uncomfortable talking about – mental health.

    It scares some, misunderstood by many more, but it is ever present.

    You may be surprised to know just how much it effects our younger generation. According to reports, 75% of mental illness symptoms have onset before age 25, and 50% have onset before age 14.

    But what are we doing to better understand it, and to help those dealing with it ?

    Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness, presented by Ken Burns, demonstrates the awareness of mental health across all spectrums of the population and how it has been growing after years living in the pandemic. The film specifically focuses on the particular concerns about the youngest generations.  

    Today, that’s our focus, as we talk with mental health experts, the filmmakers of the series, and address callers who share their personal stories with us.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or mental illness, call the National Hotline for Mental Health Crises and Suicide Prevention at 800-950-6264.

    Guests:

    Erik and Christopher Ewers


    Co-directors of the PBS documentary, Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness

    Dr. Gregory A. Hudnall


    Retired Associate Superintendent with the Provo City School District
    Founder of Hope4Utah, a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

    Dr. Jeff Temple

    Psychologist and 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.

    • 59 min
    The ramifications of overturning Roe v. Wade – what it means for women’s health, and what it means for Texas

    The ramifications of overturning Roe v. Wade – what it means for women’s health, and what it means for Texas

    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 light of the Supreme Court effectively overturning Roe v. Wade - Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has declared today a “Sanctity of Life” Holiday – closing all of the Office of the Attorney General offices across the state.



    Meanwhile, those who support abortion rights are gathering in large numbers across the country to protest the supreme Court ruling.

    In addition to discussing abortion rights in general, many feel the need to take a closer look into other rights such as birth control, contraceptives, and even same-sex laws.

    What are your thoughts, feeling and opinions, about the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization?

    In this episode, we take listener calls, while experts help continue the conversation about the U.S. Supreme Court decision on overturning Roe v. Wade and how it impacts Texas.

    Guests:

    Amy O'Donnell


    Texas Alliance for Life

    Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes




    Charles Weigel II Research Professor of State & Federal Constitutional Law at South Texas College of Law Houston

    Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore


    Retired judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of 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.

    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.

    • 50 min
    Is there a way to stall inflation? And, should Texas state law enforcement agencies have equal blame for the poor response to the Uvalde shooting?

    Is there a way to stall inflation? And, should Texas state law enforcement agencies have equal blame for the poor response to the Uvalde shooting?

    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 has caused the high gas price?

    War, economy, COVID?

    Some think it could be related to refineries, storms we've had, infrastructure, employee base, and demand. 

    What we also wonder about is the comparison of the price of gas to the oil and gas industries' record profits right now. They are making good money, so how do they justify it?

    To help better understand why and to speculate on what we can expect next, business and energy industry experts discuss what exactly has impacted the high prices.

    We also discuss federal programs and how they can work to help people understand the policies on the table on how to stall inflation. 

    Maybe we will see some relief now that President Biden is calling a for 3-month suspension of gas and diesel taxes.

    Also, there's a good chance your salary has not increased at the same rate as inflation, so we take listener calls to hear tips and tricks to help us keep up and afford the things we need.

    But first — an update on the Uvalde School shooting from the Texas Public Radio newsroom, where we learn Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin calls Texas Department of Public Safety director's testimony misleading, saying state law enforcement agencies should have equal blame for the poor response.

    Guests:

    Camille Phillips


    Education reporter, Texas Public Radio

    Dietrich von Biendenfeld



    Assistant Professor and Department Chair in the College of Business at the University of Houston Downtown.



    Rusty Braziel


    Executive Chairman and Principal Energy Markets Consultant for RBN Energy

     

    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.

    • 49 min
    January 6 Hearing Day 4: Will we ever trust or feel safe about the presidential election process again?

    January 6 Hearing Day 4: Will we ever trust or feel safe about the presidential election process again?

    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 laying the narrative of how former President Trump's camp continued the pressure to overturn the 2020 election results, today's January 6th committee hearing demonstrated his scheme to submit fake slates of electors.

    However, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers testified he resisted Trump’s pressure campaign to force states to overturn their certified election results.

    Also, Mark Meadow’s ex-aide testified that the White House counsel’s office knew the “fake electors”  scheme was potentially illegal.

    And then there's the testimony by Shaye Moss and the recorded video of her mom, which were compelling and heart-wrenching recounts of their horrific experience as election workers in Georgia.

    With findings like these, it's no surprise that some feel this creates a trend of mistrust in government and this could possibly be why trust went down so much after the 2020 election. 

    Some even say Trump has created a party where if you don't believe in the "Big Lie", you are no longer welcome to be a member of the Republican party.

    To help dissect today's proceedings further, federal election administration and law experts take listener calls to discuss some of the allegations, false narratives, and how things work.

    Guests:

    Mitchell Brown


    Professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University and Associate Editor of the Journal of Political Science Education

    Stephen Vladeck


    Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School 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.

    • 48 min
    Actor Colton Haynes sends message to queer kids everywhere that they’re ‘worthy of love without pain.’

    Actor Colton Haynes sends message to queer kids everywhere that they’re ‘worthy of love without pain.’

    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 celebrities and recognizable names whose faces we see on the covers of magazines and tabloids — they seem so successful, so rich,  and so pretty. How could they truly have problems? Problems like us?

    Colton Haynes, American actor and model known for his starring role as Jackson in the MTV supernatural drama series Teen Wolf and as Roy Harper Arsenal in the CW superhero television series Arrow, is one of those “pretty people”.

    In his new book Miss Memory Lane, a memoir that took almost three years to write — in an unflinching honest approach — he addresses his struggles with sexuality, addiction, the loss of his parents, and his hopes for a better future for today's queer youth to live in their truth.

    For this episode, we spend a full hour with the actor and author as he pulls back the curtain on his life and career, revealing the incredible highs and devastating lows.

    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.

    • 50 min

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