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Astros Are the First to 50 Wins, and Dynamo Faces FC Dallas

Posted on · The Astros are seeing a lot of the Oakland A’s lately. They’ll host the Athletics for a four-game series beginning Tuesday (June 27, 2017) after sweeping four games in Oakland last week. Sandwiched in between was a weekend series in Seattle where the Astros took two out of three games from the Mariners. We get […]

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The Science of Comas, and Does Political Rhetoric Incite Violence? Monday’s Show (June 26, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: American student Otto Warmbier is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea in Feb. 2016. Warmbier was returned the US in a coma before passing away June 19, 2017. Photo: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP)American college student Otto Warmbier died last week (June 19, 2017) after being returned to the US following his detention in North Korea for […]

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Astros Scuffling as Dallas Keuchel Heads Back to the Disabled List

Posted on · The Houston Astros may have hit a bit of a bump in the road — but still hold the best record in baseball after a 3-4 week that saw Dallas Keuchel head to the disabled list. We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.

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Issues Impacting Houston’s Latino Communities, and Pearland’s Teenage School Board Member: Monday’s Show (June 12, 2017)

Posted on · The University of Houston was recently selected to become headquarters of the Inter University Program for Latino Research for five years, starting in 2018. The IUPLR is a national consortium of 25 university-based Latino research centers with the overarching purpose of addressing the pressing issues that impact Latino communities. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Sports Monday: Astros Sweep the Rangers to Win 10th Straight

Posted on · The Astros swept the Rangers in a three-game series in Arlington over the weekend and have won ten games in a row. College baseball teams came to Houston to vie for a place in the College World Series. And the Golden State Warriors took the first two games of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. We discuss […]

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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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Houstonians Share Hurricane Memories

Posted on · The Atlantic Hurricane season starts on Thursday (June 1, 2017). So, today, we ask Greater Houston to collectively share its memories of major storms that have affected the area, from Hurricane Ike in 2008 to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 to storms much further back in our memories. Joining us for this conversation are Frank Billingsey, […]

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Hurricane Memories, and a Trip to the Cat Café: Tuesday’s Show (May 30, 2017)

Posted on · The Atlantic Hurricane season starts on Thursday (June 1, 2017). On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Greater Houston to collectively share its memories of major storms that have affected the area, from Hurricane Ike in 2008 to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 to storms much further back in our memories. Joining us for […]

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Sports Monday: Astros Swept by Cleveland

Posted on · The defending American League champion Cleveland Indians swept the Astros in three games at Minute Maid Park this weekend. Plus the Astros lost Dallas Keuchel and Brian McCann to injuries. And James Harden was named to the All-NBA First Team, but will his performance against the Spurs in the playoffs affect his shot at being named […]

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Houston’s Place in the Global Economy, and Nursing Shortage Update: Monday’s Show (May 22, 2017)

Posted on · We often hear that Houston is a global city – but what does that mean? The term might be used to describe our area’s much-touted cultural diversity. But it could also be used to describe the region’s role as an international economic engine. To see just where Houston stacked up on the latter front, researchers from […]

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Sports Monday: Astros and Dynamo Lead Their Divisions

Posted on · (Above: Sports contributor Jeff Balke talks with host Craig Cohen onstage during a live broadcast of “Houston Matters” from the offices of the Greater Houston Partnership on May 15, 2017. Photo: Derek Stokely | Houston Public Media) As we do every Monday, we look at the big stories in Houston sports with Jeff Balke of […]