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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:

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.


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”

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