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Go beyond the headlines. Beyond the he-said, she-said of the news pages. Join Houston Chronicle Opinion Editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg as she and editorial board members tackle urgent, vexing and just plain intriguing questions in the news. From Beto to Trump, bail reform to education, the migrant crisis to church abuse – they explore issues in Houston, Washington and across Texas through the lens of a single question. Sometimes, they even agree on the answer.
 
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The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss Texans GM Nick Caserio’s cryptic comments about the Deshaun Watson situation, an upcoming Father’s Day feature on Texans coach David Culley and his late father, an important NFL policy change and some Astros topics, including Dallas Keuchel’s return to Minute Maid Park, on this edition of …
 
The Houston Chronicle’s Greg Rajan and Jonathan Feigen discuss a busy NBA news week, with a stunning change in Dallas with longtime GM Donnie Nelson out, coaches Stan Van Gundy (Pelicans) and Scott Brooks (out) and major injury news involving Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul as well as Feigen’s thoughts on Kevin Durant’s monster game and more playoff t…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain discusses the Texans’ veteran-laden running back situation and how the team’s ground attack could help take pressure off the quarterback (whoever it is) and defense in 2021 on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offeri…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan try to make sense of the Texans’ decision to call off next week’s mandatory minicamp, discuss takeaways from the offseason program and what to look forward to at training camp. They also look at Kareem Jackson saying Deshaun Watson wants to be in Denver and talk some Astros on this edition of the …
 
The Texans are entering their last week of OTAs before next week’s mini-camp. John McClain takes stock of where the team stands with an emphasis on quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the presumed starter, and rookie quarterback Davis Mills who is trying to learn the NFL. Connect with John McClain. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offer…
 
Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss the Astros’ recently robust rotation and what to make of Alex Bregman’s first two months. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Read stories by Chandler on HoustonChronicle.com. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/liste…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss the latest with the Texans, including Tyrod Taylor’s first interview with the Houston media, and more from OTAs. They also discuss the state of the Astros and McClain suggests a new role for Lance McCullers Jr. on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain a…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain discusses the Texans’ signing of ex-Patriots running back Rex Burkhead, the team’s quarterback situation and how a post-June 1 trade would affect Deshaun Watson and the money he’s owed on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss some Texans topics, including top draft pick Davis Mills signing, why the Texans cut a quarterback they traded for two months ago and also look at the Astros’ beleaguered bullpen on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Greg Rajan. Support the show:…
 
Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss the Astros’ beleaguered bullpen heading into a nine-game homestand vs. the Dodgers, Padres and Red Sox. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Read stories by Chandler on HoustonChronicle.com. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnyst…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain discusses the Texans’ upcoming organized team activities, recent changes to the roster and an update on the Deshaun Watson saga on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnyst…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss the latest Texans offseason developments, including chatter about whether rookie Davis Mills could start at quarterback to open the season and changes to the preseason schedule. They also revisit the first two games of the Astros’ series against the A’s in Oakland on this episode of the Te…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain discusses the start of the Texans’ rookie minicamp and looks ahead to the second phase of the offseason program that begins this week and the third phase that commences next week on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?…
 
Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss a lineup now looking robust, Jose Altuve’s return to normalcy, and why Lance McCullers is approaching another level. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Read stories by Chandler on HoustonChronicle.com. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podca…
 
As the star quarterback’s standoff with the Texans is in its fifth month, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain looks at possible trade partners around the NFL on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. READ: McClain: As Texans stay patient, a look at trade options for Deshaun Watson Support the show: https://offe…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss the release of the Texans’ schedule and offer their predictions on a final record. They also discuss the state of the Astros after this week’s series against the Angels and a big lineup question mark on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Greg Raj…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain looks ahead to this week’s Texans rookie minicamp and discusses how important it is to see what rookie QB Davis Mills can do this season on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast S…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss the Texans’ recently completed draft, some of general manager Nick Caserio’s decisions and the role of the polarizing Jack Easterby and other NFL topics. They also look at the Astros’ charged visit to face the Yankees in New York on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect …
 
Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer discuss unforgiving fans, a date with Gerrit Cole, and the return of minor league baseball. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Read stories by Chandler on HoustonChronicle.com. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener fo…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain breaks down each selection in the Texans’ 2021 draft class on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. Read: McClain's Mailbag: Answering your Texans draft questions Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.c…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss what to expect from Texans GM Nick Caserio in this week’s NFL draft, whether drafting a quarterback is in the team’s plans and what figure to be the draft’s key storylines. McClain also makes one fearless prediction on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McCl…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain looks at the possibilities for the Texans in this week’s NFL draft and what general manager Nick Caserio could do on the offensive side on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. TexasSportNation.com Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=new…
 
Jordan Horrobin is a seasonal reporter for MLB.com. Jimmy Watkins covers prep sports and Kansas State for the Manhattan Mercury. They discussed the end (for now) of the Young Unprofessionals, paper fortune tellers, what circumstances the pod might return under and more. Kyle Henke is a director's assistant for FX's "American Horror Stories." Thank …
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss McClain’s favorite memories covering the NFL draft, how TV made it a major event on the sports calendar and the time McClain was the only reporter to visit the home of late NFL draftnik Joel Buchsbaum on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Flashback on HoustonChronicle.com: Me…
 
With the NFL draft a little more than a week away, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain takes a closer look at the Texans’ defensive needs on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for priv…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss former manager A.J. Hinch’s return to Minute Maid Park to face the Astros and look at the best coaches and managers of Houston pro teams and the worst decisions made by Houston’s on-field leaders on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Greg Rajan. …
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain discusses the likelihood of the Texans trading Deshaun Watson by the April 29 draft and whether they should use their third-round pick to draft a QB like Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Florida’s Kyle Trask or Stanford’s Davis Mills on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Houston Chronicle's 2021 NFL mock d…
 
Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer examine the manager’s return to Minute Maid Park with the Detroit Tigers. Also discussed: Leadoff stalwart Jose Altuve and the reassignment of Cristian Javier. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystud…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss their first mock drafts and how the Texans might approach each side of the ball when they make their selections on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsro…
 
In a special Texas Sports Nation podcast, the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Greg Rajan discuss Baylor men’s basketball program winning its first national championship and the first for any Texas school since Texas Western in 1966. Was Scott Drew’s rebuilding job the greatest in college sports history? McClain, a Baylor alumnus, offers a uniq…
 
Lisa Wilson is the Editorial Director at the Athletic. She joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss her journey from TJ Maxx employee to standout editor, how she managed a section (and raised a child) while mourning her husband's death, how effectively newsrooms are executing their diversity strategies and more. Then, Jordan offers insight on his new job…
 
The Houston Chronicle's UH beat writer Joseph Duarte is joined by Waco Tribune-Herald writer John Werner as they break down the Final Four matchup between UH and Baylor, the rise of both basketball programs, who has the advantage at the guard spots and what could await either team in the national championship game. Connect with Joseph Duarte and Jo…
 
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Greg Rajan debut a new weekly show, discussing the Texans' chaotic offseason, the expectations that come with the Astros' season opening and a historic Final Four matchup between UH and Baylor, McClain's alma mater, on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Greg Rajan.…
 
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the Texans' additions of tackle Marcus Cannon and linebacker Christian Kirksey and the looming running back battle with David Johnson, Mark Ingram and Phillip Lindsay on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https:/…
 
Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer assess Carlos Correa’s contract case, discuss 2021 management of pitcher workload, and preview the opening trip to Oakland and Anaheim. Connect with Chandler Rome and Steve Schaeffer. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for priv…
 
Jim Polzin covers Wisconsin basketball and football for the Wisconsin State Journal. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss coverage hiccups at the NCAA Tournament, his story on the Badgers' strength and conditioning department, Saul Phillips memories and more. Then, Jordan and Jimmy discuss Cinnamon Toast Crunch's shrimp fiasco and the eccentriciti…
 
University of Houston beat writer Joseph Duarte breaks down the Cougars' Sweet 16 matchup against Syracuse, provides a look at whether the three remaining No. 1 seeds can reach the Final Four and what life has been like for players inside NCAA Tournament "bubble" on this edition of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with Joseph Duarte. Suppor…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss Laremy Tunsil restructuring his contract and the bevy of moves Texans general manager Nick Caserio has made in free agency on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&or…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss the latest with Deshaun Watson’s legal issues and how the lawsuits may affect a possible trade on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast S…
 
David Woods covers Butler basketball and Olympic sports for the Indy Star. He joined Jordan and Jimmy to discuss covering Butler's pair of captivating tournament runs last decade, the difference between access in college football and college basketball, how he prepares for the Olympics and more. Then, Jordan and Jimmy discuss their beloved Bobcats …
 
The Big 12 has seven teams in the NCAA Tournament, including No. 1 seed Baylor. College basketball writers Joseph Duarte, Nick Moyle and columnist Brian T. Smith break down the field and how the Big 12 may fare, plus where UH fits in as the new power. They also make some predictions. Connect with Brian Smith, Joseph Duarte and Nick Moyle. Support t…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain discusses how the lawsuit accusing Deshaun Watson could affect a potential trade of the Texans’ star quarterback on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain. READ — McClain: The suit against Deshaun Watson, Tyrod Taylor signing and impact on Texans Support the show: https://offe…
 
The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain and Aaron Wilson discuss Texans GM Nick Caserio’s high-volume foray into free agency and analyze the new additions to the roster on this episode of the Texas Sports Nation podcast. Connect with John McClain and Aaron Wilson. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=…
 
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