Brazos Matters

Local Host Jay Socol • Sunday at 5:30 a.m. & Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.

Join host Jay Socol for Brazos Matters, a KAMU original production featuring a variety of guests from the Bryan-College Station and Aggieland community. Discussions focus on healthcare, education, economic development, traffic management, quality of life and other topics important to residents and businesses.

 

 

Episodes

6/23/2024: Michael Ostrowski, Chief Development Officer, City of College Station June 10, 2024 Michael Ostrowski, Chief Development Officer, City of College Station discusses his background, College Station's economic development objectives and strategic master plan, redevelopment of city corridors, a future entrepreneurial program, getting College Station noticed, legislative impacts, and updates on new business coming to town.
6/9/2024: Chris Lamb, Community Paramedic for the City of Bryan June 4, 2024 Chris Lamb, Community Paramedic for the City of Bryan discusses the community paramedic program, how it frees up ambulances and other resources, and how it facilitates telehealth visits and connects patients to local resources that they may need.
5/26/2024: Mary Lynne Stratta, City Secretary for the City of Bryan May 21, 2024 Mary Lynne Stratta, City Secretary for the City of Bryan discusses the responsibilities of the City Secretary, how election administration has changed over the years, the impact of legislative sessions on Texas cities, and her favorite accomplishments over a 34 year career with the City of Bryan.
5/12/2024: George Bush Presidential Library & Museum 4141 Pavilion May 10, 2024 Andrew Card, CEO of George & Barbara Bush Foundation, discusses space and exhibit expansion at the Bush Library & Museum. Raquel Espinoza, Union Pacific spokesperson, discusses the significance of their donated 4141 locomotive to the exhibit.
4/28/2024: Guest- Shel Winkley, Meteorologist April 26, 2024 Shel Winkley, longtime Chief Meteorologist at KBTX-TV discusses his history with KBTX, his new position with non-profit Climate Central, what exactly Climate Central is and does, his meteorologist heroes, the future of broadcast meteorologists, and finally a dramatic reading of Twitter DMs with Jay Socol.
3/24/2024: Guest- Maddie Hillin, COO of The George & Barbara Bush Foundation March 24, 2024 Maddie Hillin: COO of the George and Barbara Bush Foundation discusses the mission of the foundation and previews the upcoming 41 @ 100 events in June.
4/7/2024: Texas A&M School of Education & Human Development’s 2024 Voices of Impact Series March 21, 2024 Speakers from the Texas A&M School of Education & Human Development's 2024 Voices of impact series discuss "Stress, Sleep, & Wellbeing in Principals," "Tracking Fatigue in Soldiers," E-Sports & The New Generation," and "Finding A Sense of Belonging."
2/18/2024: Guest- Barbara Moore, University & Community Relations Manager for The City of College Station February 18, 2024 Barbara Moore, University & Community Relations Manager for City of College Station discusses the A&M off campus student services office, College Station black history video projects, & the Citizens University program.
2/4/2024: Guest- Brad Stafford, Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities for the City of Bryan January 10, 2024 Brad Stafford, Director of Parks, Recreation & Facilities for the City of Bryan discusses past experience as a city manager, favorite Bryan Parks after visiting them all, upcoming updates to playgrounds, other non-park city facilities, and downtown Bryan landscaping.
1/21/2024: Guest- Lisette Templin, Founder & Director of Texas A&M Urban Farm United (TUFU) January 5, 2024 Lisette Templin, Founder & Director of Texas A&M Urban Farm United (TUFU) discusses vertical farming, supplying the 12th Can food pantry and local restaurants with fresh produce for local consumption, food as medicine, student involvement, and roadblocks to further adoption.
1/7/2024: Guest- Brandon Reid, Manager of Coulter Field January 3, 2024 Brandon Reid, Manager of Coulter Airfield discusses the airfield, its current amenities, and some future plans of expansion.
12/17/2023: Guest- Mark Benden, PhD, CPE, Director of the Ergonomics Center at the Texas A&M School of Public Health December 15, 2023 Mark Benden, PhD, CPE, Director of the Ergonomics Center at the Texas A&M School of Public Health discusses ergonomic design, AI integration, and research of remote/hybrid work.
12/3/2023: Guest- Peter Lange, Associate Vice President of Transportation Services at Texas A&M University November 21, 2023 Peter Lange, Associate Vice President of Transportation Services at Texas A&M University discusses what TAMU Transportation is responsible for, new initiatives, and how they manage parking and transit for tens of thousands of students and faculty/staff.
11/19/2023: Guest- Jaimie Masterson, Director of Texas Target Communities at Texas A&M University November 15, 2023 Jaimie Masterson, Director of Texas Target Communities at Texas A&M University discusses what Texas Target Communities is, what they've done for cities in the past, and how interested cities can get involved.
10/29/2023: Guests- Nancy Berry & Valdie Masco, Brazos County R U OK program October 6, 2023 Nancy Berry & Valdie Masco, Brazos County, discuss a new program called “R U OK,” which is intended to offer wellness checks for county residents who may not otherwise have family or friends to monitor their health or critical needs.
10/15/2023: Guest- Ben Kalscheur, Sustainability Manager, Texas A&M Office Of Sustainability September 27, 2023 Ben Kalscheur, Sustainability Manager, Texas A&M Office Of Sustainability, discusses Campus Sustainability Month, Aggie Green Fund Grants, Campus Sustainability Month Events, and some history of the A&M Office of Sustainability.
10/1/2023: Guest- Ashley Bennett, Recreation Supervisor with the City of Bryan September 20, 2023 Ashley Bennett, Recreation Supervisor with the City of Bryan discusses updates to Bryan parks as well as upcoming events.
9/17/2023: Guest- Stephen Bjune, Texas A&M Task Force 1 September 13, 2023 Stephen Bjune, Texas A&M Task Force 1 discusses the who and what of Texas A&M Task Forces 1 & 2, TEEX Urban Search & Rescue training, & tips for families and individuals on how to keep themselves safe. September is National Preparedness Month.
8/27/2023: Guest- Emily Fisher, Director of Public Works, City of College Station August 27, 2023 Emily Fisher, Director of Public Works, City of College Station discusses trash pick-up/accumulation, traffic (including game days) and issues with stolen street signs.
8/13/2023: Guest- Duane Peters, Brazos County Judge August 13, 2023 Duane Peters, Brazos County Judge discusses changes to voting locations, a new medical examiner's office, and a broadband survey for rural Brazos County.
7/30/2023: Guest- Jennifer Nations, Water Resource Coordinator, City of College Station July 30, 2023 Jennifer Nations, Water Resource Coordinator, City of College Station discusses where our water comes from, and how to conserve it.
7/12/2023: Guest- Kristie De La Garza, Assistant Director, Counseling & Wellbeing Services, University Health Services July 13, 2023 Kristie De La Garza, Assistant Director, Counseling & Wellbeing Services, University Health Services discusses how Texas A&M mental health resources work together to provide comprehensive and varied support for our diverse student body.
6/25/2023: Guest- Monica Martinez, Emergency Management Coordinator for Texas A&M University: Part 2 June 25, 2023 Monica Martinez, Emergency Management Coordinator for Texas A&M University discusses what reasonable steps individuals and families can take — at home, at work, at school, in their vehicles — to be prepared for the unexpected.
6/11/2023: Guest- Monica Martinez, Emergency Management Coordinator for Texas A&M University: Part 1 June 11, 2023 Monica Martinez, Emergency Management Coordinator for Texas A&M University discusses what her job entails, what campus safety means and how A&M is prepared to mitigate and respond to anything and everything.
5/28/2023: Guests- Barbara Moore & Cheletia Johnson with The City of College Station May 28, 2023 Barbara Moore & Cheletia Johnson with The City of College Station discuss a video project that’s documenting the history and contributions of legacy Black families who helped create and grow College Station. Their project is set for public release in time for Juneteenth.
5/13/2023: Guest- Edward J. Spillane III, Presiding Municipal Judge, College Station Municipal Court May 13, 2023 Edward J. Spillane III, Presiding Municipal Judge, College Station Municipal Court discusses what he does as a municipal judge, what kind of cases his court hears, and initiatives he's spearheaded to help keep people out of jail.
4/29/2023: Guest- Bea Saba, Library System Director for the Bryan/College Station Public Library System April 29, 2023 Bea Saba, Library System Director for the Bryan/College Station Public Library System discusses changes to the libraries since her arrival in 2020 and a new partnership with the Harris County libraries.
4/15/2023: Guest- Kelly Wellman, Director of Texas A&M’s Office of Sustainability April 15, 2023 Kelly Wellman, Director of Texas A&M's Office of Sustainability discusses what A&M has done and is continuing to do to improve its overall campus sustainability.
4/1/2023: Texas A&M School of Education & Human Development 2023 Voices of Impact Speaker Series April 1, 2023 This episode of Brazos Matters featured faculty and doctoral students from Texas A&M University who touched on cancer research, recruiting and retaining teachers, and strategies that benefit first-generation and low-income college students. These perspectives were recently shared during A&M's School of Education and Human Development's annual Voices of Impact speaker series in Downtown Bryan.
3/18/2023: Guest- Dr. Nancy Shankle, Associate Vice Chancellor & Provost of The RELLIS Academic Alliance March 18, 2023 Dr. Nancy Shankle, Associate Vice Chancellor & Provost of The RELLIS Academic Alliance Discusses what the RELLIS Academic Alliance is and why it matters.
3/4/2023: Guest- Dr. Brian Merrell, Executive Director of School Leadership at Bryan ISD March 4, 2023 Dr. Brian Merrell, Executive Director of School Leadership at Bryan ISD discusses Bryan ISD community events as well as employment opportunities.
2/18/2023: Guest- Natalie Ruiz, Chief Development Officer, City of College Station February 18, 2023 Natalie Ruiz, Chief Development Officer at City of College Station discusses recent and upcoming developments in College Station.
2/4/2023: Guest- Joey Dunn, Deputy City Manager at City of Bryan February 4, 2023 Joey Dunn, Deputy City Manager at City of Bryan discusses Texas Avenue Corridor beautification grants, Hensel Park, and the City of Bryan Economic Outlook.
1/21/2023: Guest- Hugh Walker, Deputy City Manager at City of Bryan January 21, 2023 Hugh Walker, Deputy City Manager at City of Bryan discusses Midtown Bryan redevelopment, Travis Bryan Midtown Park, Big Shots Golf, & Legends Event Center.
1/7/2023: Guest- Dr. Tim Lomax, Research Fellow at Texas Transportation Institute January 7, 2023 Dr. Tim Lomax, Research Fellow at Texas Transportation Institute discusses transportation issues in the Brazos Valley.
12/24/2022: Guest- Kevin Ross, Director of Career & Technical Education at College Station ISD December 24, 2022 Kevin Ross, Director of Career & Technical Education at College Station ISD discusses CSISD CTE programs and opportunities for students.

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