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Flying Drones for College Credit at UH

Posted on · (Above: A drone hovers overhead as University of Houston students prepare to shoot video for a class project. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)They’re filming a remake of The Fast and the Furious movies on the University of Houston campus. Well, sort of. Instead of Dodge Chargers and Corvettes, they’re using golf carts. And instead […]

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How the Zapruder Film Changed One Family — and the Nation

Posted on · The idea of citizen journalism is fairly familiar these days. We’re used to seeing video footage on the news shot by someone with a smartphone. But one of the first, prominent such instances is the Zapruder film — 26 seconds of footage a bystander named Abraham Zapruder took of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy […]

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Extremely Shorts Film Festival: Telling a Story in 3 Minutes or Less

Posted on · For 20 years, Aurora Picture Show has presented its Extremely Shorts Film Festival, showcasing hundreds of short-form film and video works. The festival features films from all over the world, each of which is required to be less than three minutes long. This year’s festival is May 19-20. We learn what’s in store this year […]

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Political Roundup and Lunch Shaming: Wednesday’s Show (May 16, 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 the latest on reports that fired FBI Director James Comey wrote a memo recounting President Trump asking him to shut down the Bureau’s investigation into the President’s former national security […]

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Houston Film Critics Preview March Movies

Posted on · Houston Matters goes to the movies! Our panel previews what’s coming out in theaters this month. Today’s panel includes: Regina Scruggs, film journalist and critic; T.J. Callahan, film critic for AM 1070 The Answer’s Sam Malone Show; and Lisa Elin of Reel Happiness Cinema Therapy. Theater Releases Mentioned in this Edition: Logan Kong: Skull Island […]

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The Houston Jewish Film Festival Celebrates Its Bar Mitzvah

Posted on · The 2017 Houston Jewish Film Festival runs March 5-19 at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. Among the numerous films screened this year is the Academy Award nominee Life Animated. The documentary tells the story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to […]

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CERAWeek Conference and Wind Energy in Texas: Thursday’s Show (March 9, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Travis Bubenik, Houston Public Media) It’s CERAWeek. The annual energy conference chaired by Cambridge Energy Research Associates co-founder Daniel Yergin features a sort of who’s-who for the energy industry meeting and discussing a variety of energy-related topics. This year, those topics include Russia’s energy future and adapting to the “new energy era.” Attendees include […]

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The Best of Our Conversations with Actors and Directors: Tuesday’s Show (January 3, 2017)

Posted on · One of the many pleasures of producing a program like Houston Matters is the opportunity to meet and talk with creative people, including – occasionally – notable actors and directors. Some are Houston natives; others are just passing through town. But each brings his or her unique experiences and perspectives to the work they do, and […]