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Town Square with Ernie Manouse

50 EpisodesProduced by Houston Public MediaWebsite

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 conv… read more


Understanding COVID vaccinations, Texas politics and early voting

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, or @townsquaretalk.

From voting to guns to abortion, it seems like every day there’s a new headline or development in Texas politics.

Need help understanding the new laws being passed?

Wondering how they impact you, and how they might be influencing the country?

On top of that, it’s the first day of early voting here in Texas.

What should you know about new voting laws and new voting machines for the November 2nd Election?

Today, experts are here to discuss and to field your calls -- from the latest on redistricting and the future of transgender athletes to what’s on the ballot this election.

We also discuss the passing of Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, who has died of COVID complications. A local medical expert will help us better understand COVID deaths, underlying conditions and vaccine efficacy in light of this tragic news.


Susan McLellan

  • Medical Director of the Biocontainment Treatment Unit
  • Director of Biosafety for Research-related Infectious Pathogens at UTMB Health in Galveston

Andrew Schneider

  • Politics and Government Reporter for Houston Public Media

Isabel Longoria

  • Harris County Elections Administrator

James M. Douglas

  • Distinguished Professor of Law at Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall 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.

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