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Two New College Freshmen Talk About ‘Beating The Odds’

Posted on · When school starts this month, some teenagers will find themselves where — just a few years ago — they didn’t imagine they’d be: at college. In Houston Public Media’s ongoing series Inside the Classroom, two new college freshmen talk about what they had to overcome to get there. Victor Rodriguez, 18, recently graduated from Spring Woods High in […]

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Fountain View, Back to School and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (August 15, 2016)

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mayor Sylvester Turner turned down a plan from the Houston Housing Authority that would have built a mixed-income complex near the Galleria area, saying he’s not going to present that plan to Houston City Council. The Mayor’s main objection to the project is the price tag. While the city wouldn’t need to provide […]

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How a Principal and Student Handled the Recent Flood

Posted on · While the historic flooding this spring devastated homes and neighborhoods, it also closed some schools for as much as a week. Those campuses have started to return to normal. But the floodwaters brought some unexpected challenges. News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has more with this conversation between a principal and a student in our […]

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BP Spill and Small Businesses: Thursday’s Show (May 5, 2016)

Posted on · It’s been six years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent spill, which devastated several state coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico. Last month, a federal judge approved a more than $20 billion settlement between BP and plaintiffs, including the federal government, Texas, four other Gulf Coast states and hundreds of local municipalities. That settlement includes […]

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How Two Friends Became Activists Together On Campus

Posted on · With protests from the University of Missouri to Yale, race has become one of the biggest issues on college campuses this year. It’s been fueled by racially charged incidents as well as broader questions about access and inclusion in higher education. The Black Lives Matter movement has also added to the changing climate. Two college […]

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Highway Fonts and Convict Leasing: Wednesday’s Show (March 23, 2016)

Posted on · Highway signs are carefully regulated. They have to be a certain height and color. Most importantly, of course, they have to be as legible as possible, and that’s why there are standard rules for lettering. Back in 2004, Texas and some other states opted to use a new, independently designed font called Clearview instead of the […]

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Police Officer, Teen Learn From Each Other, Change Perspectives

Posted on · When Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., last year, it intensified the debate about how law enforcement interacts with the community. That debate continues across the nation and in schools here in Houston. Now, in the latest installment of News 88.7’s series Inside the Classroom, education reporter Laura […]

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PPOs, Shrimping Woes, and WWE’s Booker T: Thursday’s Show (November 19, 2015)

Posted on · If you’re one of many Houstonians who purchased health insurance through the federal exchange established by the Affordable Care Act, or in the individual market, there’s a certain kind of health care plan no longer available from most major insurance companies in Greater Houston for 2016. Preferred Provider Organization plans, or PPOs, are often more […]

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Reflecting on the Historic Campaign to Integrate Houston Schools

Posted on · After the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation unconstitutional, there was a long battle to integrate schools in Houston. It included court orders, lawsuits, boycotts and a political campaign called Citizens for Good Schools. Two former members of that group talk about their effort to improve Houston education. Vicki Birenbaum was a young parent back then […]

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Cramming for Election Day: Monday’s Show (November 2, 2015)

Posted on · Election day is tomorrow (Nov. 3, 2015), and voters across Greater Houston will go to the polls to decide issues like the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which mayoral candidates will likely head to a runoff, city council races and term limits for council members. On this edition of Houston Matters, we help you cram for […]