Magic + Mayhem with Ben Jackson; Barbara Bush + Avicii remembered; Astros streaking

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Ben Jackson is international award-winning magician who has been featured on NBC’s TODAY alongside David Copperfield, and has consulted for the Hollywood film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Ben joins The Weekly Brew (15:53) to breakdown his career, his influences, and his Magic, Music & Mayhem show at Houston’s La Colombe d’Or, one of the world’s smallest luxury hotels.

The show opens as Austin and Jeremy discuss the legacy of Barbara Bush, who passed away last week at the age of 28, and the death of Swedish musician, Avicii. The guys then pivot to discuss the streaking Astros and the Rockets playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Miami Heat’s Justise Winslow, S.A. Stars GM Ruth Riley; Amazon/Whole Foods, NBA Draft & more

Justise Winslow makes his second appearance on The Weekly Brew to preview his upcoming St. John’s basketball youth skills camp and talk NBA Draft and the Houston basketball scene. Likely top-five pick De’Aaron Fox was Winslow’s teammate on a Houston Hoops AAU team that featured Justin Jackson and Kelly Oubre, and said that it was apparent even when Fox was a freshman that he was special.

San Antonio Stars GM Ruth Riley, a WNBA and NCAA champion, as well as an Olympic gold medalist, joins us to break down her fight to end hunger, and its roots in her personal history.

Austin and Kevin also get into the Amazon/Whole Foods acquisition, the NBA Draft and other stories of interest.

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Chron’s Joseph Duarte; Aussie DJ Brooke Evers; Election 2016; Super Bowl Review

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The guys are all finally together, podcasting from the same room as they analyze the pitiful competition, commercials and halftime show that comprised Super Bowl 50. Does Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton have a body language problem? Is Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning one of the best of all time at the position?

Next, the guys wade into the political morass that was the Iowa Caucus, though it is uncertain whether Kevin could locate the Corn Belt state on a map. Donald Trump’s campaign is showing some cracks and Bernie Sanders’s supporters are evidently taking to Tinder to spread the #FeeltheBern message, which has the company locking supporters’ accounts.

Joseph Duarte, University of Houston beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, joins to talk #HTownTakeover, National Signing Day and analyze the college athletics landscape, determining where Houston falls in the grander scheme going forward. Duarte also breaks down how the field of sports journalism is evolving (or possibly devolving) as technology advances.

Finally, Australian DJ Brooke Evers calls in to talk about her music, her experience being a woman in a male-dominated EDM scene and talk about her upcoming show at Houston’s Proof Rooftop Lounge, Friday Feb. 12, part of her #IPartiedWithBrookeEvers tour. She shares her distinctly Aussie perspective on the music scene, and is not to be missed.

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