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Full Show: Political Roundup, And Houston World Series Of Dog Shows (July 19,2017)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Our political analysts discuss the latest on the Senate GOP healthcare bill. We pay a visit to the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. And the Indie rock group Run River North performs in studio.

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Reviewing the Supreme Court Session, and Defining Patriotism: Friday’s Show (June 30, 2017)

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court just wrapped up its latest term. What were the biggest cases the High Court handed down, and what could they mean for you? We talk with constitutional law scholars Josh Blackman and Rocky Rhodes of South Texas College of Law Houston. Also this hour, with the Fourth of July approaching, we […]

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The Science of Comas, and Does Political Rhetoric Incite Violence? Monday’s Show (June 26, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: American student Otto Warmbier is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea in Feb. 2016. Warmbier was returned the US in a coma before passing away June 19, 2017. Photo: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP)American college student Otto Warmbier died last week (June 19, 2017) after being returned to the US following his detention in North Korea for […]

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Latest NASA Developments, and Journalism Under Attack: Friday’s Show (June 23, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: NASA astronaut Jack Fischer worked to install wireless antennas outside the Destiny lab of the International Space Station. Photo Courtesy: NASA) Just a few weeks ago, astronauts aboard the International Space Station made an emergency spacewalk to make urgent repairs to a critical component that failed. NASA said the crew was never in any danger. […]

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LGBTQ Issues in Houston, and Writing About War: Thursday’s Show (June 22, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Rainbow crosswalks now adorn all four corners of the intersection of Westheimer and Taft in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood in honor of LGBTQ pride. Photo: Gail Delaughter, Houston Public Media)This is Houston Pride Week, one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country. And last Monday (June 12, 2017) marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting […]

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Political Roundup, and Lessons to Learn From Austin: Wednesday’s Show (June 21, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this week’s edition, we discuss everything from the status of the healthcare bill in the Senate, to Texas joining a ten-state coalition supporting the constitutionality of President Trump’s executive order regarding sanctuary cities, to whether or not […]

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Inadequate Fire Safety Inspections, and Astronaut Candidates: Tuesday’s Show (June 20, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Houston’s Fire Station No. 7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)Houston buildings aren’t being inspected for fire safety regularly, and the agency within the Houston Fire Department that’s tasked with the job has inflated its inspection numbers and keeps inadequate records. That’s according to an audit of the Houston Fire Department Life Safety Bureau […]

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‘Jenny’s Law’ Protects Rape Victims, and DA Kim Ogg Fields Questions: Thursday’s Show (June 15, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County crime victims have more protection now. That’s because of legislation Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month. Jenny’s Law is named in honor of a rape survivor who was held in the Harris County Jail in 2015 to ensure her testimony. The law goes into effect Sept 1. On this edition of […]

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Virginia Shooting, Political Roundup, and the Effect of Music on Your Brain: Wednesday’s Show (June 14, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Two people hug in an area blocked off by police crime scene tape in Alexandria, Va., after a shooting during a congressional baseball practice June 14, 2017. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) We’re learning more about this morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., during a Republican Congressional baseball practice. Members of Congress and their […]

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Is Texas Racist? And the Endless 290 Construction Project: Tuesday’s Show (June 13, 2017)

Posted on · Since March, three different Texas voting laws have been struck down by the courts as intentionally discriminatory. And the Texas Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities ban,” which many immigrants rights’ groups are concerned will lead to racial profiling. That string of news got us wondering – is Texas racist? Does […]

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Issues Impacting Houston’s Latino Communities, and Pearland’s Teenage School Board Member: Monday’s Show (June 12, 2017)

Posted on · The University of Houston was recently selected to become headquarters of the Inter University Program for Latino Research for five years, starting in 2018. The IUPLR is a national consortium of 25 university-based Latino research centers with the overarching purpose of addressing the pressing issues that impact Latino communities. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Former FBI Director Faces Questions, and What We Know About Climate Change: Thursday’s Show (June 8, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Former FBI Director James Comey, who will testify before the Senate today. AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Former FBI Director James Comey testified for about two hours Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He faced questions about his conversations with President Donald Trump, the FBI’s investigation of possible Trump campaign connections to Russia, and his […]

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Political Roundup, and Shopping for a Hurricane Emergency Kit: Wednesday’s Show (June 7, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political round up and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss a report from the NSA saying Russia’s military intelligence agency launched a cyber attack on a US company that provides election services ahead of the 2016 election, and Gov. Greg Abbott […]