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How Can Houston Become More of a Hub for Innovation?

Posted on · (Above: Gina Luna, chair of the Greater Houston Partnership’s Houston Innovation Roundtable; Ed Egan, director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; and Lori Vetters, president and CEO of the Houston Technology Center, speak onstage during a live broadcast of “Houston Matters” from the offices of […]

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Live from the Greater Houston Partnership! Monday’s Show (May 15, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Panelists discuss diversity in the workforce (L-R): Bruce Ruzinsky, partner and chair of the diversity committee at the Jackson Walker law firm; Ivette Mayo, president of Yo Soy I Am, LLC; and Dennis Kennedy, founder of the National Diversity Council. Photo: Derek Stokely | Houston Public Media) Houston Matters is broadcasting live today from […]

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Book Examines James Baker and Other Historic ‘Gatekeepers’ of the West Wing

Posted on · Tonight (April 19, 2017) at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, the institute’s namesake, James Baker, former Secretary of State, former Secretary of the Treasury and former White House Chief of Staff, will appear alongside Chris Whipple, author of a new book examining the role past chiefs of staff have played in the West Wing. The book […]

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Political Roundup, and The Full Menu: Wednesday’s Show (April 5, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories — with an eye toward how they might affect Houston and Texas. This week, we discuss everything from President Trump meeting with several global leaders this week (including President Xi Jinping from China), his son-in-law’s visit to Iraq, Supreme […]

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How Did MD Anderson End Up in Financial Trouble and How to Turn Things Around?

Posted on · (Above: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) On Tuesday (March 21, 2017), Dr. Marshall E. Hicks took over as the interim president of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center after the resignation of its former president, Dr. Ronald DePinho. Despite currently being ranked as the nation’s top cancer treatment hospital […]

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Righting the Ship at MD Anderson, and Slam Poetry: Thursday’s Show (March 23, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) On Tuesday (March 21, 2017), Dr. Marshall E. Hicks took over as the interim president of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center after the resignation of its former president, Dr. Ronald DePinho. Despite currently being ranked as the nation’s top cancer treatment hospital […]

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Local Analysis of the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing: Wednesday’s Show (March 22, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch continues today in Washington. Houston Public Media is continuing live coverage from NPR on News 88.7 and online. During the brief lunch break on Capitol Hill, Houston […]

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A Closer Look at Decriminalizing Low-Level Marijuana Possession in Houston

Posted on · (Above: District Attorney Kim Ogg (center) announced the marijuana diversion program during a press conference held at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2017, where she was accompanied by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, among others Photo: Al Ortiz, Houston Public Media) Feb. 17, the city of Houston […]

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Houston’s Global Economy, and Pet Care Advice: Monday’s Show (February 13, 2017)

Posted on · Houston recently hosted a trade delegation from Cuba. It’s one example of how Houston is part of the larger global economy. That stands in contrast to what appears to be happening on the national level, as President Donald Trump signs executive orders that seem to take the completely opposite approach. And, after the White House […]

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Molecular Autopsies: The Ethical Challenges of Using DNA to Determine Cause of Death

Posted on · If you’ve seen a few crime shows, you know that when someone dies, an autopsy is often conducted to determine the cause. But sometimes that’s not enough. Now, with advances in genetics, some medical examiners are turning to something called a “molecular autopsy.” To find out what that means – and to learn about the […]

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Polling Places and the GE-Baker Hughes Merger: Tuesday’s Show (November 8, 2016)

Posted on · It’s Election Day…finally! On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we check in on several polling places around Greater Houston with our colleagues from News 88.7. Then, we discuss some lingering election issues with Houston Chronicle editorial writer Joe Holley, and News 88.7’s News Director Dave Fehling. Also this hour…

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How Effective Are Tobacco Policies in Improving Public Health?

Posted on · Smoking bans and cigarette taxes – they’re part of many policies aimed not only at curbing smoking but also reducing associated health conditions like heart attacks and strokes. But are they working? A recent report examines the impact of two tobacco policies aimed at reducing hospitalizations. We talk with the co-author of that report, Vivian […]

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Technology Outlook, Smoking Policies and Britta Phillips: Wednesday’s Show (October 12, 2016)

Posted on · What are the most probable technological changes that’ll happen over the next decade? Rice University is hosting a symposium today (Oct. 12, 2016) addressing that question. The event is framed by a study that looks at how technology will impact the future of multiple industries, including shipping and energy. Technology Outlook 2025 is a report that […]

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Rice’s Baker Institute Offers Recommendations for Federal Science and Technology Policy

Posted on · Neal Lane works at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. But he’s also a former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, a small federal agency tasked with providing the President with timely advice on scientific and technological developments related to everything from economics to public health to environmental quality and […]