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Astros PA Announcer Bob Ford: A Man As Friendly As His Voice Is Booming

Posted on · While the 2017 Astros bear little resemblance to what we saw from the ball club just a few years ago, there has been at least one constant for the ‘Stros for more than 20 seasons now, as Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty told us last year.

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School Rankings, and Misogyny in the Workplace: Monday’s Show (June 5, 2017)

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston, and across Texas. The organization’s goal: to identify which schools are succeeding and which are struggling as a way to encourage parents, teachers, and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2017 report […]

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Astros President Reid Ryan Discusses the Business of Baseball

Posted on · (Above: Houston Astros President Reid Ryan speaks with host Craig Cohen onstage during a live broadcast of “Houston Matters” from the offices of the Greater Houston Partnership on Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo: Derek Stokely | Houston Public Media) Today’s Houston Matters is broadcasting from the Greater Houston Partnership’s downtown headquarters, just across the street […]

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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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Astros Great Jeff Bagwell Voted Into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted on · Craig Biggio will soon have company in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His longtime teammate, Jeff Bagwell, has been voted in by the Baseball Writers of America. To discuss Bagwell’s legacy as a player and Astro, we check in with one of the Hall of Fame voters, Jose de Jesus Ortiz. He was the Astros […]

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Election Guide for Procrastinators: Monday’s Show (November 7, 2016)

Posted on · So you didn’t get a chance to vote early, and you’ve been actively avoiding presidential politics in recent days. But you’d still like a primer on some local races and ballot initiatives before voting. No worries – we’ve got your back – as on this edition of Houston Matters, we offer a last-minute Houston election […]

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‘I Make Things Blow Up’ — Meet the Pyrotechnician for the Astros

Posted on · We meet Richard Welch, the pyrotechnician who operates the fireworks at Minute Maid Park during Houston Astros games. During each game, he sits in a perch near the left field foul pole and waits for the Astros to hit a home run. Then he flips a switch and pulls a trigger. That fires a single concussion from 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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Osweiler and Fuller Lead Charge in Their Texans Regular Season Debut

Posted on · Quarterback Brock Osweiler threw for 231 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and wide received Will Fuller caught five passes (including one touchdown reception) for 107 yards receiving, as the Houston Texans downed the Chicago Bears 23-14 in the Texans’ 2016 NFL regular season opener Sunday (Sept. 11, 2016). We discuss the game and other […]

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Guns in Courthouses and a Federal Judicial Backlog: Monday’s Show (September 12, 2016)

Posted on · Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently filed a lawsuit against Waller County over signs that ban firearms posted in its multipurpose county courthouse in Hempstead. The suit centers on an exemption in the state’s open carry law that prohibits firearms “on the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court.” In a […]