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When Friendliness Becomes a Disorder: Inside Williams Syndrome in ‘The Boy Who Loved Too Much’

Posted on · We’ve all known someone who seems a little too friendly. Maybe they don’t get certain social cues or boundaries. Or perhaps you’ve known someone who was too trusting or naive about people’s intentions. Well, all that pales in comparison with those who are diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder that makes it biologically impossible for someone to […]

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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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Inside Writefest with Houston Author Cassandra Rose Clark

Posted on · (Above: Houston writer Cassandra Rose Clarke. Image Courtesy: cassandraroseclarke.com) This week (March 6-12, 2017), Writespace hosts its second annual Writefest, a literary journal festival targeted at emerging writers. Cassandra Rose Clark, a Houston-area novelist known for her young adult and science-fiction works, is one of the Writefest coordinators, and she was recently featured on Dacia […]

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“The Houston Ebony Opera Guild”; Highlights the Music of Roland Carter

Posted on · The Houston Ebony Opera Guild is an organization of African-American classical singers. The Guild’s annual music gala (Feb. 26, 2017) features works by black composers – this year’s will highlight the music of Roland Carter. On this week’s episode of the Classical Classroom podcast, host Dacia Clay talks with Jason Oby, artistic director of the […]

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Guitarist Jason Vieaux Visits With Classical Classroom’s Dacia Clay

Posted on · Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux will perform with Da Camera of Houston on Friday ( December 9). He also spoke with Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay on this week’s Classical Classroom podcast, Jason Vieaux will be performing along with his collaborator, bandoneon/accordion player Julien Labro. We hear highlights from Dacia, Jason, and Julien’s conversation. Above photo: […]

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A Novel About Forgetting and Remembering: Rabih Alameddine Discusses ‘The Angel of History’

Posted on · The Angel of History is a book about remembering and forgetting – and the tension between the two. The novel is the latest by author Rabih Alameddine, who has written novels such as An Unnecessary Woman, for which he was named a finalist for the National Book Award. Alameddine will discuss his latest work, along […]

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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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Educators and Activists Discuss Banned Books Week

Posted on · This week (Sept. 25 — Oct. 1, 2016) is Banned Books Week, celebrating intellectual freedom and the freedom to read in the United States. In her web series Writing the City, Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay is highlighting the event all this week with interviews with educators and activists. That included a conversation with James […]

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Musical Group Preserves Asian Culture Through Unique Stringed Instruments

Posted on · IIIZ+ (Three Zee Plus) is a musical group formed in Germany, which features three different kinds of bridged Asian zithers. The group performs tonight (Sept. 23, 2016) at the Asia Society Texas Center. Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay talks with two of the performers, Maruta Miki and Jocelyn Clark, along with Stephanie Todd Wong, the Asia […]

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White Oak Music Hall, Death Penalty Study, and IIIZ+: Friday’s Show (September 23, 2016)

Posted on · If you’re a live music fan, you’ve probably heard about White Oak Music Hall – a multi-stage venue that opened on Houston’s Near Northside neighborhood this year. And if you live near the venue, you either think it’s a terrific sign of positive redevelopment, or a noise nuisance that never should’ve been allowed in the […]

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Houstonian Pet Peeves Day: Monday’s Show (September 19, 2016)

Posted on · Every few months, we give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston — like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your craw that you just […]

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Houston Writer Charts Her Own Path Outside the World of Academia

Posted on · Houston’s Miah Arnold is a different kind of writer. Many folks of the literary mindset opt for a career in academia to earn a living while honing their craft. But Arnold’s path took a different turn. She’s created her own writing studio, called Grackle & Grackle, to help others find their literary voice. In a recent […]

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‘Distant Worlds: Music of Final Fantasy’ Showcases Evolution of Video Game Music

Posted on · Video games have come a long way since Pong – and so has their music. Case in point: on July 23, 2016, the Houston Symphony will host a performance called Distant Worlds, featuring the music of the Final Fantasy video game series. Recently, Dacia Clay of Houston Public Media’s Classical Classroom podcast talked with Lesley […]

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Political Roundtable and Video Game Music: Friday’s show (July 15, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia later this month. On this edition of Houston Matters, we preview the conventions, and discuss other developments in politics with potential impact for Houston and Texas, with News 88.7 FM’s politics and government reporter Andrew […]