Chron’s Jonathan Feigen talks Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors; a tribute to Prince; Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans

Welcome to this, the 40th episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. We welcome in Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle Rockets beat writer since 1998, Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans and pay tribute to Prince.

Feigen turns in one of the saltier, more energetic performances we’ve had from a guest on the show, breaking down just what exactly is ailing these Rockets, amassing only 41 wins one season removed from their Western Conference Finals run. Feigen analyzes the roster, including who will be around next season, who will not, and whether the Rockets have a shot at any big-name free agents. Also, with Tom Thibodeau with the Timberwolves and Scott Brooks with the Wizards, the Rockets’ search for a coach is heating up, and Jeff Van Gundy is the name everyone is batting around.

Next, conservative apparatchik Michael Quinn Sullivan, of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, joins us to discuss what on earth is going on in the Republican party, why Donald Trump has been able to so easily seduce right-wing voters with his xenophobic, racist and misogynist rhetoric and what, exactly, it means to be a conservative, and what it maybe ought to mean.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of “Too Many Hits” Prince, who sadly passed away this week, and who will be remembered for his unparalleled catalogue of hits and his innumerable charitable contributions.

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As always, thanks for listening, and remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, always brew responsibly.

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