The Burning Question

The Burning Question
A discussion of one important question by the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board

Is the Trump administration waging a war on science?
Sep 13, 2019 • 23 min
Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists joins Houston Chronicle editorial board members Monica Rhor and Harold Jackson to talk about the controversy following President Trump’s…
When will Texas do something about mass shootings?
Sep 8, 2019 • 22 min
On August 31st, a man armed with an AR-15 rifle went on a shooting spree in the Midland-Odessa area, killing seven people and injuring 25, including three police officers and a 17-month-old girl who had her teeth knocked out by a bullet. On the heels…
Listen: Whose stories are left out of history books?
Aug 29, 2019 • 21 min
In this edition of “The Burning Question,” we ask why we are not taught the full history of our country and the impact created by those gaps in knowledge. Join Deputy Opinion editor , editorial writer , and our guest, as they debate this week’s…
Why El Paso?
Aug 9, 2019 • 26 min
It’s the question many people were asking in the wake of a mass shooting that left 22 people dead and more than two dozen injured: Why El Paso? In this week’s episode of The Burning Question, we discuss the terrorist attack that targeted the Latino…
Do libraries still matter?
Aug 6, 2019 • 23 min
Two years after Harvey, six Houston libraries and one Harris County library damaged in the storm remain closed. That got us to thinking about the role of libraries and what they mean to communities. How have libraries changed? Do libraries still…
Is it time to impeach?
Jul 24, 2019 • 24 min
Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before two congressional committees Wednesday, mostly underlining the conclusions that were present in the 448-page report made public in April: Investigators did not find evidence pointing to conspiracy…
Is the president a racist?
Jul 16, 2019 • 28 min
There is little doubt that President Trump’s latest comments, telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to their countries, were racist. But is the president an opportunist exploiting racist sentiment or a racist himself? And…
Can a mermaid be black?
Jul 14, 2019 • 18 min
Of course a mermaid can be black — a mermaid can be any color. But you wouldn’t know it from some of the response online to the casting of 19-year-old Halle Bailey as the lead character in Disney’s live-adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”…
Is America really all full when it comes to immigrants?
Apr 12, 2019 • 19 min
No, America isn’t full. But is the president on to something when he plays to the fears of his most loyal voters. Michael Lindenberger, the Chronicle’s deputy opinion editor, and editorial writer Luis Carrasco discuss the changes that have left so…
EXCLUSIVE: How can we be sure Alfred Dewayne Brown is innocent?
Mar 5, 2019 • 56 min
Special prosecutor John Raley spent 10 months investigating whether former death row inmate Alfred Dewayne Brown needed to be re-indicted or whether he was “actually innocent” in the 2003 murder of Houston police officer Charles R. Clark. Raley tells…
How should the Catholic Church address the sex abuse scandal?
Jan 29, 2019 • 31 min
Decades in, scandal involving pedophile priests and elaborate coverups still festers within the Catholic Church like an open wound. Law enforcement officials recently raided the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for evidence on a Conroe…
What does the MAGA-kid story tell us about America?
Jan 25, 2019 • 30 min
When we look at the videos of the white Catholic high school kids in MAGA hats in the National Mall, we see different things. Cruel hecklers disrespecting a Native American veteran. Innocent victims of a black hate group spewing toxic insults. Pawns…
What’s so wrong with asking about citizenship status on the 2020 Census?
Jan 24, 2019 • 14 min
Members of the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board weigh in on the court decision that rocked the border debate when a federal judge declared last week that the Trump Administration’s decision to include the question on the next census illegal. The…
Is there a crisis at the border?
Jan 9, 2019 • 23 min
After President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer had their dueling national addresses Tuesday night, Houston Chronicle editorial board deputy editors Michael Lindenberger and Evan Mintz weigh in on the…
Is Beto O’Rourke too conservative or too liberal?
Dec 24, 2018 • 36 min
Members of the Houston Chronicle editorial board discuss O’Rourke’s political future and specifically address the concerns raised in op-eds by Andrew White, Dan Derozier, Billy Freeland and Elizabeth Bruenig.
“How should the Catholic Church address the sex abuse scandal?”
Dec 13, 2018 • 28 min
We explore this question with Houston writer Claudia Kolker, who wrote a recent op-ed for the Houston Chronicle about what she saw at the border as a volunteer translator for migrant mothers separated from their children. “What I saw at the border…
Was George. H. W. Bush an underrated or an overrated president?”
Dec 6, 2018 • 35 min
We get a little heated debating this one. Bush was roundly respected as a statesman and a family man who conducted himself with integrity. So why did he fail to win a second term in the White House? In the wake of Bush’s passing, Houston Chronicle…
Why does Jim Acosta deserve a White House press pass?
Nov 16, 2018 • 21 min
The White House revoked press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, after a testy exchange with President Trump during a Nov. 7 press conference. What are the implications for the press? Does a reporter have a right to challenge the President? Are…