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William Ellis: The Former Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

Posted on · Guillermo Eliseo was a wealthy Mexican banker and broker who lived in New York City in the early 20 Century. But, Eliseo had a secret. He was actually born into slavery on a cotton plantation in southern Texas, and his real name was William Ellis. Maggie Martin talks with historian and author Karl Jacoby, who wrote […]

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Live on Juneteenth from Houston’s Newly Renovated Emancipation Park

Posted on · (Above: Newly renovated Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward. (Photo Courtesy Perkins+Will/Mark Herboth Photography) Today marks Juneteenth — the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston to announce the end of slavery in the United States. Since 1872, Juneteenth celebrations in Houston were held at Emancipation Park in the Third Ward — with the exception of […]

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Live at Emancipation Park for Juneteenth: Monday’s Show (June 19, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Newly renovated Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward. (Photo Courtesy Perkins+Will/Mark Herboth Photography) Today marks Juneteenth — the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston to announce the end of slavery in the United States. Since 1872, Juneteenth celebrations were held at Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward with the exception of two years […]

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The Propeller Group: Elevating the Vietnamese Voice Through Art

Posted on · (Above: The Propeller Group’s “The Living Need Light, The Dead Need Music” is one of the films included in the exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum June 3- Sept. 30. Image Courtesy: The Propeller Group)The Blaffer Museum at the University of Houston is hosting the first major institutional exhibition by an art collective out of […]

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‘Jenny’s Law’ Protects Rape Victims, and DA Kim Ogg Fields Questions: Thursday’s Show (June 15, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County crime victims have more protection now. That’s because of legislation Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month. Jenny’s Law is named in honor of a rape survivor who was held in the Harris County Jail in 2015 to ensure her testimony. The law goes into effect Sept 1. On this edition of […]

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To Sit or Not to Sit: That Is the Question (At Work, Anyway)

Posted on · (Above: Houston Public Media’s Dacia Clay works at a standing desk where she serves as a web producer for News 88.7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) There’s a lot of debate these days about the benefits of using a standing desk. Some argue standing while you work is much better for your health than sitting. […]

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A Visit to Houston’s First Cat Café!

Posted on · (Above: A couple cats pose for the camera at Houston’s El Gato Coffeehouse. Photo: Maggie Martin | Houston Public Media) Houston’s first-ever cat café just opened near the Heights. Such themed coffee houses, where patrons can sip on coffee in the company of four-legged felines, can also be found in Austin and across the world […]

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Organization Helps Veterans Who Served in the Military’s Bomb Squad

Posted on · (Above: A robot searches ordnance found along a road in Iraq. Image Courtesy: Timothy Colomer) EOD — which stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal — is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the military. These men and women are responsible for disarming and disposal of bombs. The EOD Warrior Foundation is a national organization that […]

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How the Great Migration of African Americans Shaped Houston

Posted on · (Above: One of many University of Houston student projects related to The Great Migration of African Americans from the South to large cities during the 20th century. Photo Courtesy: University of Houston/Flickr) Students from the University of Houston and Texas Southern University recently collaborated to produce an exhibit on the Great Migration — the historical mass migration […]