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Full Show: Political Roundup, And The Intangible Benefits Of The World Series (Oct. 25, 2017)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Astros President Reid Ryan discusses the World Series. Our experts discuss the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. And what kinds of intangible benefits could a city like Houston gain from its baseball team making the World Series?

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Full Show: Houston Witness Recounts Vegas Shooting, And The Effect Of Climate Change On Hurricane Season (Oct. 2, 2017)

Posted on · On Monday's edition of Houston Matters: A Houston witness to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas shooting tells us what he saw. We ask a climatologist whether climate change has directly affected the highly active Atlantic hurricane season. Plus we take your pest control questions. And Jeff Balke talks Houston sports.

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Texans Defeat the Chiefs to Go 2-0

Posted on · The Houston Texans topped Kansas City 19-12 Sunday, to improve to 2-0 on the young NFL season. Preseason included, the Texans have now won six straight but face a shortened week and a challenge against the 2-0 New England Patriots Thursday night. We discuss the Texans’ win, as well as the Astros’ weekend in Seattle, and other […]

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Third Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 1, 2016)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our third annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you’re new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on everything you need […]

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Green Party and HISD Superintendent Finalist: Monday’s Show (August 8, 2016)

Posted on · Delegates of the Green Party met at the University of Houston on Saturday (Aug. 6, 2016) to nominate Dr. Jill Stein as their presidential candidate. The Green Party is one of a few so-called “third parties” that have sought to make inroads in recent election cycles, with varying success. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Have the Astros Moved From a Bad Start to a Lost Season?

Posted on · A hopeful week went south for the Houston Astros, as a pair of wins against the White Sox to start the week were forgotten after the club dropped the next four games, three of them by just one run. Have we moved past the “off to a bad start” period and into the “likely lost season” […]

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A Closer Look at the Texans’ Draft Choices

Posted on · The Houston Astros are off to an atrocious 8-and-17 start. The Rockets were predictably bounced from the first round of the playoffs last week by juggernaut Golden State. The Dynamo haven’t won a game in six weeks. Is it any wonder the talk of the town last week was the NFL Draft? We review the […]

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Astros Return for Home Opener With Higher Expectations

Posted on · Every Monday, we talk with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine, about developments in Houston sports. Today, we discuss the Astros’ opening week, the Rockets’ dim playoff hopes, J.J. Watt’s admission that he won’t play “terribly longer” for the Texans, plus a recap of Saturday’s Dynamo draw, and the start of […]

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Opening Day Postponed and Houston Crowns a National Champ

Posted on · From tonight’s (April 4, 2016) NCAA men’s basketball championship game at NRG Stadium, to the Houston Astros’ season opener being postponed due to inclement weather, to the Houston Rockets on the postseason bubble: there’s a lot happening in Houston sports. We talk — as we do every Monday — with Jeff Balke, who writes for the Houston […]

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Will Brock Osweiler End the Revolving Door of Texans’ QBs?

Posted on · The Houston Texans have a new quarterback. Is there reason to believe Brock Osweiler will bring an end to the revolving door of quarterbacks, or are the Texans setting fans up for another disappointment? We talk it over — along with all the week’s Houston sports news — with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houstonia […]

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Galveston Election Preview: Monday’s Show (March 14, 2016)

Posted on · The Texas primary may be over, but another vote is close behind in Galveston where the mayor and all six city council seats are up for election in May. This happens every two years — does that make it harder for Galveston Island officials to do their jobs? On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Texans Release Running Back Arian Foster

Posted on · The Houston Rockets continue to hover around .500, the Dynamo played to a draw in their first MLS regular season action, and the Astros have won four of their first five exhibition games. But the big news in Houston sports last week came from the idle Houston Texans, who released longtime running back Arian Foster. […]