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The Rise of QAnon and the Risk It Could Pose to America 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
QAnon is a conspiracy theory and political movement rooted in far-right politics whose beliefs are centered on the cryptic messages made by an anonymous individual called “Q” who claims to be a high-level government official with access to classified information.
While QAnon originated on the internet, it soon expanded into mainstream American politics becoming a political movement whose beliefs are even promoted by politicians, including former President Donald Trump.
For the full hour, we are joined by Will Sommer, a politics reporter for The Daily Beast, who has extensively reported on QAnon, political radicalization, and far-right conspiracy theories.
Sommer discusses his recently released book, Trust the Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy That Unhinged America, a comprehensive examination of the conspiracy theory’s beliefs and its rise into the mainstream.
Throughout the hour, Sommer explains the core beliefs of QAnon, how some politicians began legitimizing it, and the part it played in the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
Plus, Sommer shares his thoughts on how people fall into the beliefs of QAnon, the cult-like thinking demonstrated by its followers, and why individuals refuse to have their beliefs shaken even when faced with evidence to the contrary.
 

Guest:
Will Sommer

Politics Reporter, the Daily Beast
Co-Host, Fever Dreams podcast
Author, Trust the Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy That Unhinged America

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Education Reform Advocate AJ Crabill on How School Boards Can Become More Effective 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
With the Texas Education Agency (TEA) takeover of Houston ISD, many concerns and questions have been raised over the impact this will have on the education of the city’s students.
First, we speak with Houston Public Media Education & Families Reporter, Dominic Anthony Walsh, who shares the latest updates on the takeover and what has come from the recent community meetings.
Then, we talk with Former TEA Deputy Commissioner and Education Reform Advocate, AJ Crabill, about his new book, Great on Their Behalf: Why School Boards Fail, How Yours Can Become Effective.
Drawing from his experience of helping school systems improve, Crabill shares his thoughts on what leads to school boards becoming ineffective, effective improvements that board members can adopt, and how to focus in on the needs of students.

Guests:
Dominic Anthony Walsh

Education and Families Reporter, Houston Public Media

AJ Crabill

Author, Great on Their Behalf: Why School Boards Fail, How Yours Can Become Effective
Conservator, DeSoto ISD (TX)
Former Deputy Commissioner, Texas Education Agency
Education Reform Advocate

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Transgender Icon Kate Bornstein on Her Career and Personal Journey 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate and recognize the contributions transgender people have made to society, as well as raise awareness on the discrimination they face around the world.
First, we speak with Charles “Rocky” Rhodes, Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston, about the indictment by a New York Grand Jury of former President Donald Trump. Rhodes discusses the constitutionality of the indictment, what this means, and how it will affect the upcoming 2024 Presidential Election.
Then, actor, author, performance artist, and gender theorist, Kate Bornstein, joins us in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility. She shares the story of her transition and the various work she’s done in her forty-year career as an activist.
Bornstein shares her thoughts on the state of transgender today and how it has changed over the years, the difference between nonbinary and gender nonconforming identities, and people coming out as trans at younger ages.
Plus, Bornstein also discusses the staggering amount of anti-trans legislation being introduced across the country and the continuing need for support amongst the trans community.

Guests:
Charles W. "Rocky" Rhodes

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

Kate Bornstein

Actor, Playwright, Performance Artist, Gender Theorist
Author, Gender Outlaw and My Gender Workbook

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We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps
The issue of gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S. continues to concern and cause outrage for ma” id=”18OD3GbIPnj” vid=”18OD3GbIPnj” id-for-player=”18OD3GbIPnj” link=”/listen/author-katherine-schweit-on-how-to-stop-mass-shootings-in-the-us-18OD3GbIPnj/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Author Katherine Schweit on How To Stop Mass Shootings in the U.S. 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
The issue of gun violence and mass shootings in the U.S. continues to concern and cause outrage for many Americans. In just over the first three months of 2023, there have been more than 130 mass shootings in the country, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
We speak with Katherine Schweit, former head of the FBI’s Active Shooter program, and author of the book Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis. Schweit’s mission is to teach people their role in ending gun violence in their community. 
Schweit joins us to discuss mass shootings in the U.S. and share her thoughts on the steps that need to be taken to end this crisis plaguing the country.  
Plus, listeners call in to ask questions and share their comments on this continuing issue.

Guest:
Katherine Schweit

Attorney
Retired FBI Special Agent
Founder, Schweit Consulting
Author, “Stop The Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis”

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The Latest on Former President Donald Trump’s Indictment and Arraignment 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
Today, April 4, 2023, Donald Trump became the first former U.S. President to be arraigned on criminal charges following his indictment by a Manhattan Grand Jury last week.
The indictment was unsealed, and the former President is charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. He pleaded not guilty to on all 34 counts.
We are joined by retired U.S. District Judge, Vanessa Gilmore, and author and political analyst, Dr. Frank Sorrentino, to discuss and analyze the latest updates on the former President’s indictment.
Judge Gilmore explains the legal process of the indictment and her thoughts on the criminal charges revealed during the arraignment.
Dr. Sorrentino shares his insight and thoughts on this case against Donald Trump and the precedent this creates for political leaders.
We also discuss what we can expect from this case going forward into the 2024 Election as well as what other charges the former President might encounter in the coming months.

Guests:
Vanessa Gilmore

Retired U.S. District Judge

Dr. Frank Sorrentino

Author, “Presidential Power and The American Political System”

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We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps
First, we speak with notable attorney and Professor Emeritus at Harvard Law, Alan Dershowitz, who join” id=”6Xe9bQGKkgc” vid=”6Xe9bQGKkgc” id-for-player=”6Xe9bQGKkgc” link=”/listen/marie-osmond-on-childrens-miracle-network-hospitals-40th-anniversary-plus-attorney-alan-dershowitz-o-6Xe9bQGKkgc/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Marie Osmond on Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 40th Anniversary; Plus, Attorney Alan Dershowitz on Trump’s Indictment 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
First, we speak with notable attorney and Professor Emeritus at Harvard Law, Alan Dershowitz, who joins us to discuss the recent indictment of former President Donald Trump.
Dershowitz explains why he believes the case against Trump is weak and sets a negative precedent, touching on themes further explored in his book Get Trump: The Threat To Civil Liberties, Due Process and Our Constitutional Rule of Law.
To listen to Ernie Manouse’s previous interview with Alan Dershowitz on his show InnerVIEWS, click here.
In a time when we need unity, understanding, and love more than ever, we need to find people, places, and things we can all agree on that are simply wonderful.  Our next guest joins us to help with the healing.
She’s been using her fame and philanthropic heart to help us all live better lives, children most of all. 
As a co-founder of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Marie Osmond shares her passion for the work of the nonprofit organization, the impact they’ve had on healthcare for children, and details about the 40th Anniversary celebration. Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, is our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
We also talk with Osmond about her incredible and multifaceted career as a singer, actress, author, entrepreneur, public speaker, and TV talk show host. Her most recent album is Unexpected.
 

Guests:
Alan Dershowitz

Professor Emeritus at Harvard Law
Author, Get Trump: The Threat To Civil Liberties, Due Process and Our Constitutional Rule of Law

Marie Osmond

Singer, Actress, Author, Talk Show Host, Entrepreneur & Public Speaker
Co-Founder, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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First, we speak with actor, singer, and dancer, Lea Sevola who joins us to discuss her role as Vivienn” id=”2UXOv090ti1″ vid=”2UXOv090ti1″ id-for-player=”2UXOv090ti1″ link=”/listen/everything-you-need-to-know-about-filing-your-taxes-plus-actress-lea-sevola-from-legally-blonde-the–2UXOv090ti1/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Everything You Need to Know About Filing Your Taxes; Plus, Actress Lea Sevola from Legally Blonde the Musical 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
First, we speak with actor, singer, and dancer, Lea Sevola who joins us to discuss her role as Vivienne Kensington in the national tour of the Broadway hit Legally Blonde – The Musical presented by Theatre Under the Stars.
Sevola explains what audiences can expect from this musical based on the beloved film of the same name, including its main character’s tackling of stereotypes, sexism, snobbery, as well as serving as the ultimate tribute to girl power.



Legally Blonde – The Musical is now playing in Houston at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts until April 16, 2023. For more information click here.
Then, Tax Day is less than two weeks away. We welcome back tax attorney Max “the Tax Man” Zimmerman, who shares what you need to know in order to get your taxes filed before the Tax Day deadline on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.
Zimmerman explains why refunds may be smaller this year, some by ten percent, and options for filing an extension. He also answers listeners tax questions and shares helpful resources.
There are a number of free tax preparation services. A couple options in our area are AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Service and BakerRipley Tax Center.

Guests:
Lea Sevola

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Plays Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde the Musical

Max Zimmerman

Tax Attorney, Brenner Global Associates
Enrolled Agent, Licensed by the IRS

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We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps
Does a better understanding of the history of Jesus help us to better understand the Christ of faith?
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What History Tells Us About the Existence of Jesus 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
Does a better understanding of the history of Jesus help us to better understand the Christ of faith?
We speak with author, archeologist, and scholar Dr. L. Michael White, about the historical facts and evidence that speaks to the existence of Jesus.
Dr. White explains how while no physical evidence exists from Jesus’ time, the consensus amongst scholars suggests that Jesus was indeed a historical figure and discusses references to his life in writings from historians who came after his time.
Also, he shares insight on how Jesus’ story and teachings spread and transformed over time to become Christianity as we know it today.  

Guest:
Dr. L. Michael White

Author
Archeologist
R.N. Smith Professor Emeritus in Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

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Performing Arts Houston Announces Their 2023-2024 Season 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
You heard it here first! Performing Arts Houston (PAH) announced its 2023-2024 Season lineup right here on Town Square with Ernie Manouse!
For the full hour, we’re joined by PAH President & CEO Meg Booth, Director of Artistic Programming Lee Strickland, and Director of Education Claire Williamson to share details on the all the shows in the upcoming season.
We learn about what audiences can expect from the shows this season which celebrate milestones, share moments that inspire joy, as well as artists who embrace life with curiosity, humor, & curiosity.
For more information on all these productions, visit PerformingArtsHouston.org.

Performing Arts Houston’s 2023-2024 Season Lineup:
Bluey’s Big Play
July 29 – 30, 2023
It’s the first live theatrical adaptation of the children’s Emmy-Award winning animated series, Bluey, featuring an original story by creator Joe Brumm, new music by composer Joff Bush, and life-sized puppets of the beloved characters.

MOMIX: Alice
September 16 – 17, 2023
The Connecticut-based contemporary dance company combines dance, acrobatics, and illusions in the newest work by Moses Pendleton inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

An Evening with Isaac Mizrahi
September 23, 2023
The actor, host, writer, designer, and producer Isaac Mizrahi and his band of jazz musicians perform an evening of cabaret, featuring comedic musings from his career and songs from artists such as Madonna, Billie Eilish, Barbara Streisand, and more.

John Waters: End of the World
October 13, 2023
Legendary director John Waters of Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Hairspray, and more, brings his new one-man spoken word comedy act to Houston on Friday the 13th.

Lila Downs: Día de Los Muertos
October 19, 2023
Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning singer Lila Downs brings the Día de Los Muertos celebration to Jones Hall, featuring folklorico dancing and a mariachi band.

Madagascar The Musical
October 20 – 21, 2023
The Houston debut of a new musical based on the DreamWorks animated film. It features high-energy dance numbers, excellent costumes, and comedy for all age groups.

An Evening with Howie Mandel
October 22, 2023
One of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Comics of All Time and Judge on America’s Got Talent, Howie Mandel makes his Performing Arts Houston stand-up comedy debut.

Step Afrika!: Drumfolk
October 27 – 28, 2023
In this Houston debut of the first professional dance company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, audiences will see a new work inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739. Step Afrika! was founded in 1994 by Houston native C. Brian Williams.

Vienna Boys Choir
November 1, 2023
Celebrating their 100th international tour, after 1000 tours in 100 different countries since 1924. The Vienna Boys Choir has been presented by PAH since 1979.

David Sedaris
November 3, 2023
See one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, of books such as Holidays on Ice, Naked, Calypso, and more.  Sedaris will sign books for all attendance at this talk.

New/Now: The Houston Artist Commissioning Project
January 19-20, 2024
This program showcases Houston artists from a wide range of artistic and cultural backgrounds. Applications for these awards are open through May 12, 2023.  Winners will be announced later this summer. For an application and more deta
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The Latest on Abortion Issues State and Nationwide 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
Following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade last year, the landscape regarding abortion access in the U.S. has been fraught with much uncertainty for patients and providers due to fluctuating restrictions.
First, we speak with correspondent for The Nation, Amy Littlefield, who fills us in on the latest news regarding abortion access in the U.S. and the state of Texas.
Littlefield shares details about a lawsuit in which five women are suing the state of Texas after being denied medically necessary abortions, and the recent ruling by a Texas U.S. District Judge that the FDA improperly approved the abortion pill, Mifepristone, twenty years ago.
Then, we are joined by Professor of Law for The University of Texas at Austin, Elizabeth Sepper, who shares her expertise on the recent ruling over Mifepristone. She explains the unprecedented nature of a single judge overruling the FDA’s decision and the effects this ruling could have going forward.
Plus, Sepper weighs in on recent lawsuits and news stories that are affecting, or could have lasting effects, on the future of abortion access and how restrictions are enforced through state laws.   

Guests:
Amy Littlefield

Abortion Access Correspondent, The Nation

Elizabeth Sepper

Professor of Law, The University of Texas at Austin
Expert in Health Law & Equality

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First, we speak with acclaimed trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, who joins us to discuss his celebra” id=”4ffR58xyDvk” vid=”4ffR58xyDvk” id-for-player=”4ffR58xyDvk” link=”/listen/grammy-award-winning-trumpeter-chris-botti-plus-how-arts-education-in-schools-benefits-students-in-a-4ffR58xyDvk/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter Chris Botti; Plus, How Arts Education in Schools Benefits Students In All Areas of Academics and Life 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
First, we speak with acclaimed trumpeter and composer Chris Botti, who joins us to discuss his celebrated music career as well as his commitment to perfecting his craft as an instrumental artist.
Botti also fills us in on his process for creating his first album in ten years, and what audiences can expect from his upcoming performances with the Houston Symphony this weekend, April 14 – 16, 2023. For more information, click here.
Botti at Sea is another opportunity to enjoy incredible music from the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, along with a host of other musicians. To learn more, visit BottiAtSea.com.
To watch Ernie Manouse’s previous interview with Chris Botti on the show InnerVIEWS, click here. If you would also like to hear the “Ernie Theme” composed by Botti, click here.
For the rest of the hour, we discuss the current landscape of arts education in the U.S. with Eepi Chaad, Director of Partnerships & Learning for Arts Connect Houston.
Chaad shares her thoughts on the importance of arts education in American schools, as well as the benefits that it can have on students, particularly with the effects of the pandemic.
Plus, several local art and music teachers from the Houston area join us to share their experiences as educators of the arts.

Guests:
Chris Botti

Grammy Award-winning Trumpeter & Composer

Eepi Chaad

Director of Partnerships & Learning, Arts Connect Houston

Matt Taylor

Choir Director, Clear Creek High School

Monet Wright-Salone

Director of Theatre, Westfield High School

Gina Messick Farquharson

Art Teacher, Jack Yate High School
Winner, Teacher of the Year Award

Roshunda Jones-Koumba

Theater Director, G.W. Carver High School
Tony Award Winner, Excellence in Theatre Education

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We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps
Dr. Ricardo Nuila joins us to discuss his book The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medic” id=”AKr5H661zYY” vid=”AKr5H661zYY” id-for-player=”AKr5H661zYY” link=”/listen/where-do-you-go-without-health-insurance-dr-ricardo-nuila-explores-this-in-his-book-the-peoples-hosp-AKr5H661zYY/” is-authorized=”false” custom-styles=”margin: 0 24px 24px 0;”>
Where Do You Go Without Health Insurance? Dr. Ricardo Nuila Explores This in His Book “The People’s Hospital” 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
Dr. Ricardo Nuila joins us to discuss his book The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine, which follows five uninsured Houstonians each denied access to care until they come across a hospital in Houston where genuine care comes first.
From his experiences as a physician at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, the hospital featured in his book, Dr. Nuila discusses his experiences in public healthcare as well as how Ben Taub provides a safety net to uninsured patients.
Dr. Nuila also shares his thoughts on the failings of American’s healthcare system, due to its overcomplicated nature, high costs, and failure to adequately address the needs of those who don’t have insurance.
Plus, we hear from Christian Garza, a patient featured in The People’s Hospital. He shares his experience of struggling to find coverage while dealing with debilitating knee pain and later kidney disease, which led him to seeking care at Ben Taub Hospital.

Guests:
Dr. Ricardo Nuila

Physician
Author, The People’s Hospital: Hope and Peril in American Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics, and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine

Christian Garza

Patient featured in The People’s 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
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LIVE – 2023 Houston Art Car Parade and Festival 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
We’re LIVE on-location at The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art where we will discuss Houston’s beloved tradition, the Houston Art Car Parade and Festival. It’s an annual celebration of art cars that’s been held for decades.
First, we speak with Tommy Pace, Executive Director of The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, who explains the history of The Orange Show as well as what Houstonians can find at the 2023 Houston Legendary Art Car Ball and the Art Car Parade.
We also speak with Pete Gershon, an art car historian, who discusses what an art car is, the history of Houston’s first art car parades, and how the city embraces individuality and identity.
Also, joining the conversation is art car artist and President of the Houston Art Car Klub, Rebecca Lowe, who talks about her love for the transformed vehicles. Lowe also shares details about her own art cars, including one that will be featured at this year’s parade, “Map of Space and Time”.



Then, teacher, art car artist, and one of this year’s Art Car Parade honorees, Anna Bass, discusses how she makes an art car each year with her high school students. Through the process of designing and building an art car, the students learn collaboration skills and the rewarding experience of having their artwork seen by the city. Their vehicle this year is titled, “Panther Dreams”.




Guests:
Tommy Pace

Executive Director, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

Pete Gershon

Curator of Programs, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
Art Car Historian

Rebecca Lowe

Art Car Artist
President, Houston Art Car Klub

Anna Bass

Teacher, Northside High School
Art Car Artist & 2023 Art Car Parade Honoree

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Today, we speak with political science professor Dr. Bob Stein from Rice University to discuss current and recent events in politics.
Dr. Stein shares his thoughts on the recent expulsion and reinstatement of Tennessee lawmakers Rep. Justin J. Pearson and Rep. Justin Jones and the ethics of who has the right to remove a public official from office. 
Dr. Stein also shares his thoughts on the candidates in the 2024 Presidential race. Will former President Trump earn the nomination from the Republican Party despite his recent legal troubles?
Plus, he weighs in on the race for Mayor of Houston as he shares his predictions for which candidate has the advantage for the upcoming election.

Guest:
Dr. Bob Stein

Professor of Political Science, Rice University

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April 19, 2023, is the 30th anniversary of the fire that erupted at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX, that resulted in the deaths of 76 people, bringing the 51-day siege between its occupants and federal agents to a tragic end.
Today, we’re joined by criminal defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin, who represented Branch Davidian leader David Koresh during the standoff with federal agents.
DeGuerin discusses what he experienced as Koresh’s attorney, including visiting the compound, and convincing him to surrender and stand trial. He also shares his thoughts on the aftermath of the tragedy.
Then, we speak with Waco survivor and author of Waco: A Survivor’s Story David Thibodeau, who shares his story of going to the Mt. Carmel compound and what transpired during the standoff.
Thibodeau also shares details about life in the compound during the 51-day siege, his association with Koresh, as well as what he experienced when the fire broke out.
If you would like to learn more about the Waco siege and its survivors, click here.
To listen to Town Square's previous show about the Waco siege, click here. 

Guests:
Dick DeGuerin

Criminal Defense Lawyer
Adjunct Professor, University of Texas Law School

David Thibodeau

Waco Survivor
Author, Waco: A Survivor’s Story

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Emmy Award-Winning Actor Richard Thomas & Tony Award-Winning Actress Faith Prince 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, [email protected] or @townsquaretalk.
Best known for playing John-Boy Walton in the classic family sitcom The Waltons, actor Richard Thomas is with us today discussing his current role as Atticus Finch in the national Broadway tour of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Thomas shares insight on his approach for playing the beloved character from Harper Lee’s celebrated classic novel, as well as how this stage adaptation written by Academy Award-winner Aaron Sorkin stays true to the source material while also implementing changes to reflect social issues of today.



The national tour of To Kill A Mockingbird plays at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Houston April 25 – 30, 2023. For more information, click here.
Then, we are joined by Broadway star Faith Prince, who discusses her career on stage having starred in hit productions such as Bells Are Ringing, A Catered Affair, and Guys & Dolls, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Prince shares details about developing a strategy in her career beginnings, current projects she’s working on apart from the stage, and her work helping University of Houston acting students at McGovern College of the Arts.
Catch Faith Prince in a musical showcase concert, A Little Faith: An Evening with Faith Prince and Our Broadway Stars of Tomorrow, Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 7:30pm at the University of Houston’s Quintero Theatre.
To watch Richard Thomas' 1973 Emmy Award Acceptance Speech, click here. 
To watch Ernie Manouse's previous interview with Faith Prince on the show InnerVIEWS, click here. 

Guests:
Richard Thomas

Emmy Award-Winning Actor
Plays Atticus Finch in the National Tour of To Kill A Mockingbird

Faith Prince

Tony Award-winning Broadway Star

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American Inequality is (Finally) Lessening The U.S. economy might be slowing, but things are looking up for lower-income workers.
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Why This Indictment Can't Stop Donald Trump From Being Elected President “There is no constitutional bar on a felon running for office,” says Richard Hasen, an election law professor at UCLA Law School.
Column: What Congress Must Do Now to Speed Up the Green Energy Transition There is enough money to get started on real climate action. But what we don’t have is time.
ICYMI: The Long-Term Mental Health Needs of Young School Shooting Survivors Young children who survive school shootings like the recent Nashville disaster can need ongoing mental health care for years.
ICYMI: Yet Another Study Suggests Drinking Isn't Good for Your Health A major JAMA meta-analysis finds that moderate drinkers are not at lower risk of premature death than those who abstain from alcohol.
ICYMI: Why Did the Stormy Daniels Case Lead to Trump’s First Indictment? There are several other investigations underway involving Trump’s behavior after he was inaugurated.
ICYMI: Column: The New, Strange Science Behind Felt Presences Ben Alderson-Day explores what the presence of the unseen other can tell us about ourselves.
Column: Biden Should Run for Re-Election for the Same Reasons that LBJ Did Not Biden and LBJ have a lot in common. Being a one-term president shouldn’t be one of them, writes Mark K. Updegrove.
'Murder Mystery 2' Begs the Question: Will We Just Stream Anything Now? The movie's genial dumbness begs the question: have we really reached the point where we’ll watch pretty much anything at home?
How Trump's Mug Shot Could Fuel a Fundraising Boon—for Trump The first ever mug shot of a former President will be widely shared by Trump critics, but Trump may also use it to rally the MAGA faithful, and boost donations.
An Explosion in St. Petersburg Killed One of Russia's Leading Pro-War Bloggers. Authorities have detained one suspect, Daria Trepova, in connection to the explosion that killed one of Russia's leading pro-war bloggers.
AI Cough-Monitoring Can Change the Way We Diagnose Disease Coughs are an under-appreciated health metric, but artificial intelligence-based tools may soon change that.
How Trump Is Negotiating the Details of His Indictment to Maximize the Drama Trump’s Secret Service detail is working with the NYPD to safely escort him into the courthouse
What to Know About the New XBB.1.16 COVID-19 Variant Experts recommend the strategic use of boosters to combat the new Omicron subvariant spreading in India.
Banning Video Cameras From Trump's Arraignment Was Bad for Democracy In a divided country rife with conspiracy thinking, Americans needed to see this historic event with their own eyes
Finland Has Officially Joined NATO. Here's Everything You Need to Know The inclusion of Finland as the 31st member of NATO doubles the military alliance’s border with Russia.
How 'Air' Tells the True Story of Michael Jordan's Nike Shoe Deal Here's how to know what's fact and fiction in the new movie about the creation of Michael Jordan's iconic Nike sneakers, 'Air.'
Trump's Case Isn't a Celebrity Trial. Let's Not Consume It Like One So much more is at stake then whether an ex-President cooked his books to pay off a porn star.
Will Deadly Tornadoes Be More Common With Climate Change? It's Complicated Researchers think global warming could help spawn more dangerous supercell storms. But the science is far from certain.
Texas Lawmakers Are Pushing to Put the Ten Commandments in Every Classroom The bill’s critics argue that the bill would chip away at the separation of church and state
From Trump to Climate Change, The Law Struggles With Unprecedented Moments Interpretation of the law is built on precedent. Climate change, much like Donald Trump, is unprecedented.
White House Admits Mistakes in Afghanistan Withdrawal, While Also Blaming Trump The White House placed much of the blame for the deadly and chaotic US departure from Afghanistan with the Trump administration.
We've Now Discovered the Four Oldest Galaxies Ever Observed An international team has discovered galaxies that were around less than 350 million years after the Big Bang
Column: Bob Iger Outsmarting Ron DeSantis Is a Master Class in Taking on Bullies Bob Iger shows how CEOs can take on political bullies like Ron DeSantis
Why Is Everyone Working on Their Inner Child? Inner child work is buzzy on social-media platforms.
What Polling Says About the Politics of Trump's Indictment Surveys suggest the former President is getting a boost with GOP primary voters, but may face trouble down the line.
Why More Non-Muslims Are Fasting This Ramadan Around the world, a growing number of non-Muslims have begun documenting their own fasting experiences.
Column: There Is Only One Question That Matters with AI Should private corporations be allowed to run uncontrolled experiments on humanity?
China Plays Long Game With Softer Response to Taiwan President Visiting U.S. China warned of a “resolute response” to Tsai Ing-wen’s meeting with the U.S. House Speaker, but the reality has been more muted.
What to Know About Midge and Allan, the Deepest Cuts From the Barbie Movie What to know about Barbie and Ken's best friends who made headlines after they got pregnant.
Column: What Animals Can Teach Us About Truth and Lies If cheating is a product of evolution, why do we still value truth, writes Lixing Sun.
Hoax Active Shooter ‘Swatting’ Calls Are Tormenting Schools. Police Can Do Little to Stop Them On March 29, a Pennsylvania high schooler sent a text to his family, “I love you all. There is an active shooter.” It was a hoax.
Long COVID Is Making Some People Choose Not to Have Kids Long COVID Is Making Some People Choose Not to Have Kids.
ICYMI: How Food Companies' Massive Profits Are Making Your Groceries More Expensive, and more Included in this episode: 1. How Food Companies' Massive Profits Are Making Your Groceries More Expensive 2. Hate Your Job? Stop 'Rage Applying' and Do This Instead 3. Good Eggs and Bad Bunnies: Your Chocolate Choices, Ranked by Sustainability
What to Know About Justice Clarence Thomas Accepting Luxury Vacations Without Reporting Them Legal experts are debating the ethics of Thomas omitting the vacations from his financial disclosures
Hate Your Job? Stop 'Rage Applying' and Do This Instead Here are some tips to channel your job frustration into improving your career
How Food Companies' Massive Profits Are Making Your Groceries More Expensive Conagra Brands, which makes Slim Jim, Reddi-wip, and Marie Callender's meals, posted a nearly 60% year-over-year profit increase so far this year
Pre-Workout Powders Are Gaining Popularity. Do They Work? You don't need to drink "Harambe Blood" to have an effective workout.
Spotlight: Now That Weed is Mostly Legal, Hemp Should Be Booming. But It's Not Back in the 80s hemp was touted as a miracle crop that could save the world, but it hasn't quite lived up to its promises.
Leaked Pentagon Documents Appear to Show U.S. Spying on Ally South Korea “I think the Korean public is really upset that the U.S. is not trusting South Korea,” says one analyst about the incident.
The Shrinking Newsroom Crisis Will Be Impossible to Ignore in 2024 George Santos was just the beginning. Next year, it will become painfully clear to voters that many candidates aren't getting properly vetted by the local press.
What the Texas Abortion Pill Ruling Could Mean for People Seeking Care Here’s what to know about the abortion pill mifepristone and its imperiled legal status.
Column: The Blasphemy of Comparing Trump to Jesus Christ Yes, there is a parallel between Trump and Holy Week—but it’s not what MAGA thinks, writes Rev. Nathan Empsall.
The Mysteries of the Biggest Intel Leak In a Decade The disclosure of more than 100 pages of classified U.S. intelligence documents, which could be the most damaging disclosure of U.S. government documents in a decade or more, has baffled officials
What to Know About the Fox-Dominion Defamation Trial The lawsuit centers on the election-related falsehoods spread by Fox News stars and guests in the wake of the 2020 election.
How the Abortion Pill Ruling Could Limit the FDA's Authority That a judge may be able to suspend the FDA’s approval of a drug opens the door to undermining the agency’s authority.
Why Republicans Are Overreaching So Hard in So Many States From abortion to book bans, Republicans in red states are pushing policies at odds with what their constituents want. And they know that's what they are doing.
Inflation May Make People Less Likely to Back Climate Policy Only 38% of Americans would be willing to pay $1 per month to address climate change, according to new polling released Tuesday.
Whole Foods Closes San Francisco Store Due to Crime, Stirring a Familiar Debate in the City A flagship Whole Foods shuttered abruptly, citing the city’s struggles with homelessness, drugs and crime.
Car Makers Are Feeling the EV Squeeze With Biden's New Emission Rules The U.S. EPA unveiled tough new emissions rules today to speed electric vehicle adoption. The industry response was tepid.
Why China Won't Invade Taiwan Anytime Soon Even as tension ratchets up, it's unlikely that China will invade Taiwan imminently, argues Ian Bremmer
Rich People Are Causing Urban Water Shortages A new study lays the blame for rising urban water crises on city elites—not climate change
The Strange Saga of Jack Teixeira Reveals New Security Challenges The most damaging disclosure of U.S. government documents in a decade may have stemmed from the hubris of a junior enlisted member of fthe Massachusetts Air National Guard who allegedly shared them in an online chat group called Thug Shaker Central
Want to Leave Your Job? Try Having a 'Hard Conversation' With Your Company First “I believe that a lot of what people want in their job is at the other end of a hard conversation typically with their boss or someone in HR,” says TikToker Amy Lentz Liberati
How Tim Scott Plans to Stand Out in a GOP That 'Craves Catastrophe' "There needs to be really only one other lane, and that is an alternative to Donald Trump."
Why Experts Are Growing Alarmed About Ukraine's Air Defenses Ukraine’s air defense system may not be able to withhold the threat of Russian warplanes as early as next month.
How The Internet Helped Turn 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' Into the Biggest Animated Movie Release Ever Fans online have helped turn 'The Super Mario Bros. Movie' into a global phenomenon
Why Some Democrats Are Calling for Dianne Feinstein to Resign Confirming judicial nominees is one of the few things Democrats hope to get done in this Congress, and Feinstein's absence has brought it to a standstill.
Why Recycling Plants Keep Catching on Fire The plants recycling our waste are facing a cocktail of new combustion risks
Suicide Rates Rose in 2021 After a Pandemic-Era Drop Young people were especially affected in the 2021.
ICYMI: How America Started to Fall Out of Love With College Degrees, and more Included in this episode: 1. How America Started to Fall Out of Love With College Degrees 2. How Evan Gershkovich's American Dream Became a Russian Nightmare 3. Jennifer Coolidge Has Some Life Advice for You
Column: Abortion Rights Benefit People Who Want Kids, Too Dismantling reproductive rights makes it impossible to enthusiastically consent to parenthood, writes Peggy O'Donnell Heffington.
Italy Wants to be the First Country to Ban Cultivated Meat. That Would be a Big Climate Problem Italy could be the first country to ban cultivated meat. But doing so could worsen a bigger threat to Italy’s food system: climate change.
Column: Puppy Mills Have Now Gone Digital. What a Vet Wants You to Know "Puppy mills are taking advantage of both people and animals with misleading websites and false claims," writes Dr. Karen Fine.
How to Take Advantage of Energy Efficiency Tax Credits This Season The Inflation Reduction Act offers credits and rebates for consumers purchasing an EV or making their homes more climate-friendly.
Why New York Is the Center of the 2024 Fight for House Control It's not just George Santos' seat. Both parties are eyeing the Empire State as the most important target in the fight for House control.
SpaceX's Starship, the Biggest Rocket Ever Built, Is Poised to Fly A beast designed to carry humans to the moon—and to colonize Mars.
Spotlight: Why Latin American Leaders Are Obsessed With TikTok While President Joe Biden and his European counterparts have stayed away from TikTok, blocking it from government devices and weighing an outright ban due to national security concerns about its Chinese ownership, Latin American heads of state are embracing the massively popular platform more than ever.
J-Hope Becomes Second BTS Member to Join South Korean Army In December, Jin, 30 and the oldest member of BTS, became the band's first member to enter the army
The Post Office Made a Christian Employee Work on Sundays. Now he's at the Supreme Court Gerald Groff, a Christian former postal worker living in rural southeast Pennsylvania, says he was not allowed to observe Sabbath on Sundays and was punished when he did not work those days.
Documents Reveal Catholic Church's Actions in the Holocaust "This was one of the great mysteries, one of the last few critically important Holocaust related collections in the world that was not yet open."
A White Kansas City Man Was Charged After Shooting a Black Teen Who Rang the Wrong Doorbell. Here’s What We Know An elderly white homeowner in Kansas City shot a Black teen on Thursday after he rang the wrong doorbell.
Fox and Dominion Reach $787M Settlement Over False Election Claims Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems reached a settlement Tuesday in the voting machine company’s defamation lawsuit over false election claims, averting a trial.
United Nations to Withdraw From Afghanistan if Taliban Won’t Let Women Work The United Nations is ready to take the “heartbreaking” decision to pull out of Afghanistan in May if it can’t persuade the Taliban to let local women work for the organization.
Teixeira's Intel Unit Ordered to Halt Mission After Discord Leaks Saga of the alleged 21-year-old leaker embroils Massachusetts Air National Guard unit
Why the Adderall Shortage Has Lasted So Long Ending a drug shortage is more complex than it seems.
Column: To Stay Ahead of China in AI, the U.S. Needs to Work with China The U.S. is in a long-term technology competition with China, but pure decoupling is a weak strategy.
Column: The Dominion Settlement Is Just the Beginning of Fox and Rupert Murdoch's Nightmare The settlement in the Dominion lawsuit will lead to further litigation and controversy for Fox News, writes Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Steven Tian
Florida's Six-Week Abortion Ban Would Limit Access Across the South The new bill would curtail options for Floridians and those in nearby states.
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