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How Did Certain Music Become the Soundtrack of Independence Day?

Posted on · (Above: The Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Photo: Chinh Phan, CatchLightGroup) When you think of the Fourth of July, a few things probably come to mind: parades, hot dogs, fireworks, and John Philip Sousa. Even if you don’t immediately recognize that name, you’d most certainly recognize his famous march The Stars and […]

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Health Care Experts Weigh In On Senate GOP Bill: Thursday’s Show (June 29, 2017)

Posted on · Facing defections from within their own party, Republican leaders in the US Senate decided on Tuesday (June 27, 2017) to delay a vote on their health care bill until after the July 4 recess. While that gives senators more time to weigh their decisions on the bill, it also gives us more time to discuss […]

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How the ‘Rocky’ Theme Became the Personal Anthem for Outgoing Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski

Posted on · (Above:Michael Krajewski served as the Houston Symphony’s principal pops conductor for 17 years before his final concerts May 26-28, 2017. Photo: Derek Stokely | Houston Public Media)For well over a decade, Michael Krajewski has had an inside joke with Houston audiences: he likes to pump up the crowd and add a little pizzazz to the […]

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Political Roundup, and Energy Trends Reshaping America’s Future: Wednesday’s Show (May 31, 2017)

Posted on · The 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature wrapped up this week with some contention — and even threats of violence. Also, lawmakers passed a $217 billion budget to run the state for the next two year, and Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll decide sometime this week if he wants to call a special session […]