Airs Friday, August 18, 2017, at 11 am. Kermit Poling spoke with Pastor Brady Blade Sr., and Brian Blade about Zion Baptist Church's 80th Anniversary Celebration, this Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church. Musical guest featured are The Zion Choir with Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade, Brady Blade Jr., Royce Mosley, and Johnny Shepherd. Information available at 318-636-1427.

Courtesy: City of Houston

TEXAS CONFEDERATE MEMORIALS UNDER REVIEW - A top Texas Republican wants the accuracy of memorials around the state Capitol reviewed amid calls to remove Confederate monuments. A spokesman for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said Thursday that the powerful GOP leader will work with a Dallas lawmaker who this week singled out one Confederate  plaque as "indefensible on historical grounds."   The nearly 60-year-old plaque rejects that slavery was the "underlying cause" of the Civil War. It is one of nearly a dozen Confederate monuments and markers around the Texas Capitol.

Airs Friday, August 18, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders shares chronicles his annual escape to New England during the summer dog days.

Jason Bell

Airs Thursday, August 17, 2017, at 12 noon. Kermit Poling spoke with Richard Lee, Music Director of the East Texas Symphony, about their upcoming concert season and their concert with YO-YO MA, Sunday, September 17, 2017 7:00 pm, at the UT Tyler Cowan Center.   2017/2018 Series