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Full Show: The Health Museum’s New Affiliation, The Business Of Baseball, And Prison Education (July 27, 2017)

Posted on · Baseball is more than just a sport. And although that may sound like something a baseball fan would say, it’s true. And Lee College Huntsville Center offers college courses for credit in the Texas

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Texas Axing Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

Posted on · The Texas Health and Human Services Commission delivered a final legal notice to defund Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program. In a provision under the state and federal law pertaining to Medicaid providers, the Office of the Inspector General wrote that the group is “not qualified to provide medical services in a professionally competent, safe, […]

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What’s Threatening the Monarch Butterfly?

Posted on · Former First Lady Laura Bush is calling on Texans to improve the habitat for monarch butterflies. Mrs. Bush founded a statewide initiative called Texan by Nature, a community-run conservation effort. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently studying the monarch to determine if it should be listed under the Endangered Species Act. By some estimates, […]

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What Advice Would Houston Debaters Have For the Presidential Candidates?

Posted on · On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off in the first general election presidential debate of 2016. And media outlets, including NPR, are seeking out professional political analysts and pundits to share how they would prepare the candidates. Well, we here at Houston Matters thought we’d go another way: we turn to […]

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What Are the Economic Opportunities in Greater Houston?

Posted on · All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn the question towards economic opportunity here in Greater Houston. First, Michael Hagerty talks with Bill Gilmer, Director of […]

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Festival Looks Back at Galveston History

Posted on · The second annual Galveston Heritage Festival will be held on August 6th. The event will focus on the culture, groups and people that first immigrated through Galveston in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s. We learn more from Dwayne Jones, Executive Director of the Galveston Historical Foundation.

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A Closer Look at Voter Attitudes and Habits in 2016 Election

Posted on · This presidential election cycle has blown up much of the conventional wisdom out there about voter attitudes and habits. Many respected experts were slow to catch onto the appeal of “outsider” campaigns led by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. We discuss what political scientists got right and wrong about the primary season, and now that […]

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Could Houston Make a Successful Break from Texas?

Posted on · The recent “Brexit” – Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – has led to conjecture about a lot of things, from the long-term international economic impact of the move, to what it might signal about U.S. trade policy, to somewhat less serious musings, like Ken Hoffman’s recent column in the Houston Chronicle, which […]

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Recovering Addicts Use Comedy and Personal Stories To Connect

Posted on · In the world of stand-up comedy, there are some standard approaches to what to bring out on stage: some stand-ups offer universal observational humor. Others are more overtly political. And then there are those who focus on more personal moments in their lives that they think may resonate with audiences. While Mark Lundholm and Kurtis […]

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Why Do Corporations Sue Appraisal Districts?

Posted on · The Harris County Appraisal District got in a tussle recently with Exxon Mobil over property taxes at their Spring Campus. HCAD put a valuation of about one billion dollars on the property, but Exxon feels that’s not an accurate reflection of their value. Such disputes are not unusual. The larger the corporation, the more property […]

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What Would Municipal IDs Mean for Houston Residents?

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s reviewing the possibility the city may create a municipal ID. Municipal IDs are identification cards issued by cities or municipalities, used for a variety of reasons – some good, and some bad, depending on your point of view. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about municipal […]