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Texas Rail Road Commission’s Role, and Anne Lamott: Thursday’s Show (April 4, 2017)

Posted on · Earth Day is Saturday (April 22, 2017), and Ryan Sitton of Friendswood, one of the state’s three Rail Road Commissioners, wants you to know he’s “a huge environmentalist.” Upon his election to the RRC in 2014, the conservative Republican became the first engineer to serve on the commission in 50 years. The RRC regulates the […]

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Richard Russo Revisits Fictional Blue-Collar New York Town in ‘Everybody’s Fool’

Posted on · Author Richard Russo is known for his novels, such as Empire Falls, which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2002. His third novel, Nobody’s Fool (1993), took place in North Bath, N.Y., a blue-collar, Rust Belt town. But Russo just couldn’t stay away from North Bath and its citizens and denizens. And so, decades […]

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Uncovered: Houston Author Leah Lax Discusses Leaving the Hasidic Faith

Posted on · Houston writer Leah Lax has led an unconventional life. It includes nearly three decades as a Hasidic Jew in an arranged marriage she entered into when she was only 19. She and her husband moved to Houston, where she settled and became the mother of seven children. Over time, she had an awakening of sorts and rejected […]

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Houstonian Lorenzo Martinez Recalls Escaping Cuba As a Child

Posted on · With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he wasn’t alone. More than 14,000 kids […]

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Escaping Cuba, and the Last Mile of Your Commute: Monday’s Show (November, 28 2016)

Posted on · With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time on this edition of Houston Matters to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he […]

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African American-Owned Banks, and The Good, Bad and the Ugly: Friday’s Show (November 18, 2016)

Posted on · Black-owned banks have been in the news this year. It started when a rapper who goes by the name “Killer Mike” called on people to open accounts at a bank in Atlanta after police shootings of African-American men. There is only one black-owned bank in Texas, and it’s Unity National Bank in Houston’s Third Ward. CEO […]

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Private Eye Moonlights as Writer & Quilter

Posted on · LinMarie Garsee works as a private investigator — who just happens to write books and make quilts in her spare time. We learn how she combines those three pursuits. This segment was produced by Abner Fletcher. (Above: Private investigator, writer and quilter LinMarie Garsee poses in front of one of her quilts. Image Courtesy Facebook)

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LGBT Friendliness, James Douglas, and The Full Menu: Wednesday’s Show (November 2, 2016)

Posted on · The Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization promoting LGBTQ equality, recently unveiled a sort of equality scorecard, which found Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio all fare better than Houston when it comes to being LGBTQ friendly. And it’s not just because the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was voted down last year. On […]

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What We Can Learn From “Near-Death” Experiences

Posted on · What exactly happens when someone has a near-death experience? It’s a phenomenon met with both fascination and skepticism. Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, an assistant professor of philosophy at Sam Houston State University, digs into the subject in the new book Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions Of The Afterlife. Mitchell-Yellin, who co-wrote the book with John Martin Fischer, discusses […]

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HBCUs, Environmental Justice, and Future Humans: Thursday’s Show (October 27, 2016)

Posted on · Historically black colleges and universities – or HBCUs – have fallen on some hard times lately: financial problems, low graduation rates — some have been denied accreditation. These and other challenges recently led Dr. John Rudley, the former president of Texas Southern University, to call being an HBCU President “one of the most stressful jobs in America.” […]

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Life, On the Other Side of You: How a Retired General Wrote His Way Through His Grief

Posted on · Major General Barrye Price is retired from the U.S. Army and happily married with a 9-year-old son he dotes on. But his new book, Life, On the Other Side of You: A Study of Life, Death, and Renewal, isn’t about his wife and son – at least not at first glance. It’s about his first wife, […]

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Refugee Resettlement: Thursday’s Show (October 6, 2016)

Posted on · ILast week (Sept. 30, 2016), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott’s statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on […]

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Election Interview With DA Candidate Kim Ogg: Wednesday’s Show (October 5, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we have been devoting time these last few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and have offered you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we conclude […]

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‘The French War Bride’ — Novel Looks at the Unique Challenges of One Particular Type of Wartime Love Story

Posted on · The French War Bride is a new book from Houston author Robin Wells. It’s a fictional story of how a young woman was able to escape Nazi-occupied France during World War II by marrying an American Army doctor and coming to America as a war bride. Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin sat down with Wells to […]