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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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

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

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

    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.

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