Craig Ackerman, Rockets play by play broadcaster; Chron’s Dylan Baddour on Election 2016

Welcome to the 63rd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast! Kevin celebrates a milestone with the program (he debuted on The Weekly Brew a year ago this week, talking Sepp Blatter and Major League Baseball in Episode 8), and admonishes the listeners for not leaving reviews on iTunes.

Craig Ackerman has been the Houston Rockets’ play by play announcer since 2008, and this year, he will begin to take on select road-game duties when the Rockets are on the road as Bill Worrell begins to transition away from broadcasting. Ackerman has spent more than two decades with the Rockets, dating back to his days as a student at HBU when he came aboard as an intern. Ackerman knows the Rockets as intimately as anyone in the media, and he shares some insight into the team’s history and future under new head coach Mike D’Antoni.

Friend of the show Dylan Baddour, a Houston Chronicle reporter and two-time guest, breaks down the recent presidential debate, examining some of the more dubious claims made by Trump and ponders what the debate says about the state of political discourse in America, headed into one of the weirdest elections in recent memory.

Finally, and this is real serious, folks, Kevin reprimands the listenership for the lack of recent iTunes reviews. If you leave a 5-star review, we’ll read it aloud on the show to the thousands of podcast listeners! If you’re being 100 percent realistic, it might be your best – if not only – chance at fame. And it’s so easy! Just head over to iTunes, click “Ratings and Reviews” and leave a 5-star review with a little blurb. You’ll feel so warm and fuzzy, and get that satisfaction that only comes with doing the right thing and doing something for someone else. Do it!

And remember this week: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, always, ALWAYS, brew responsibly.

Astros discussion with Chron’s Jake Kaplan; Dylan Baddour talks Election 2016; Jim Bordell of Team Rubicon on Houston flood recovery

Welcome to this, the 42nd episode of The Weekly Brew podcast. This week, we talk with Jake Kaplan and Dylan Baddour of the Houston Chronicle about the Astros and Election 2016 and hear from Jim Bordell of Team Rubicon about Operation Moonshot and the flood-recovery efforts going on in Houston.

Dylan Baddour is the Houston Chronicle’s young, hotshot political reporter, and he’s been covering the madness in the race for the Republican nomination. He calls in to the podcast in the wake of Cruz and Kasich dropping out of the race, and discusses the impact for the election season, particularly as Republicans weigh whether or not to unite behind Donald Trump, the presumptive favorite for the nomination. Baddour also speaks to what has been a particularly heated and divisive nomination season, and contemplates whether or not this is the “new normal” for American politics.

Jake Kaplan, a Philadelphia transplant who spent time working for the Philadelphia Inquirer and MLB.com covering the Phillies before signing on with the Houston Chronicle to cover the Houston Astros. After a puzzling 12-20 start to the season in which many, including Sports Illustrated, picked them to go to the World Series, the Astros are in trouble, and Kaplan examines the pitching struggles facing this team and assesses what it needs to do to turn things around.

Finally, we welcome Jim Bordell, who is the incident commander for Operation Moonshot, Team Rubicon’s Houston flood relief effort. Team Rubicon is a nonprofit relief group that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams, and they have brought their expertise in crisis management to Houston in response to the heavy rains and flooding of the last few weeks. Hear Bordell talk about the relief efforts and visit teamrubiconusa.org to find out how you can help.

Our sponsor, Oui Desserts (at 3411 Kirby), has agreed to help us in our reviews to get iTunes reviews. If you go by Oui Desserts with your mobile device, Penny will show you how to leave a 5-star review with a little blurb about what you enjoy in the show, and in return, you will get a free cookie or macaron for leaving the review and we’ll read your review on air next week. Take advantage.

And remember this week: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.