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Two Diverse Counties, Two Very Different Election Outcomes

Posted on · News 88.7 recently examined two diverse neighborhoods to understand why one went red and the other blue in the 2016 election. The investigative reporting launches Houston Public Media’s DiverseCity initiative, a year-long look at what Houston’s diversity really means for the city. We talk with News 88.7 reporters Laura Isensee and Andrew Schneider about their reporting from […]

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HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza: Friday’s Show (February 17, 2017)

Posted on · On Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017), HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza spoke at the annual State of the Schools Luncheon. He’s been at the helm of the district since last fall (2016). So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with him about his progress so far and the biggest issues facing public schools in Houston. […]

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What’s Next For Mexican-American Studies in Texas

Posted on · Last Friday the Texas State Board of Education unanimously rejected a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook that would have been used in public schools. The book, titled Mexican American Heritage, received a lot of criticism from academics and activists who argued the book was rife with many inaccuracies and stereotypes. But how was the decision made and what is there to expect moving forward?

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It’s Final: Texas Rejects Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Posted on · On Friday (Nov. 18, 2016), the Texas State Board of Education unanimously rejected a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook that would have been used in public schools. The book, titled Mexican American Heritage, received a lot of criticism from academics and activists who argued the book was rife with many inaccuracies and stereotypes. We learn more about […]

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What Would Municipal IDs Mean for Houston Residents?

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s reviewing the possibility the city may create a municipal ID. Municipal IDs are identification cards issued by cities or municipalities, used for a variety of reasons – some good, and some bad, depending on your point of view. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about municipal […]

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Summit Analyzes Hispanic Community’s Impact on Houston Economy

Posted on · The inaugural Hispanic Houston Impact Summit, presented by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Business Journal and Telemundo Houston, takes place tomorrow (June 29, 2016) at the Hilton Americas. The summit is intended to analyze the impact the Hispanic community in Houston has on our economy. We learn more about the conference, and […]

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Dueling Visions for Houston’s Pensions: Tuesday’s Show (June 28, 2016)

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has thus far insisted that however the city’s pension woes are resolved won’t include changing from a defined benefits to a defined compensation system. On this edition of Houston Matters, we explore the differences between the two structures. We also consider what each means for city employees and why the mayor […]

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What is the Economic Impact of Undocumented Immigrants in Texas?

Posted on · An economics research and analysis firm recently released a report on the economic impact undocumented workers have on Texas. The findings were presented earlier this month at a summit hosted by the American Jewish Committee of Houston. The report updates a report the Texas Comptroller’s office released back in 2006. That’s not a typo: it’s been ten years […]

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Makeshift Border Towns: Improving Life in Texas ‘Colonias’

Posted on · All along the Texas/Mexico border — and the border of neighboring states — are residential areas that lack some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water, septic or sewer systems, electricity, paved roads or safe and sanitary housing. These makeshift towns that offer little more than third-world conditions inside the U.S. are called “colonias.” Houston Matters’ […]

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Is Immigration Reform More or Less Likely to Happen with a New Congress?

Posted on · Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. We discuss whether, amid the changing winds of politics in Washington, it’s more […]