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Thursday’s Houston Matters: Fire Audit Update, and Healthcare in the Rio Grande Valley (July 6, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: The Houston Fire Department reacts to an audit of its building inspection program, we learn why UH is opening a satellite pharmacy program in the Rio Grande Valley, and we discuss the challenges of trying to hold music festivals in the hot, muggy, and rainy Houston summer.

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Houston’s DJ Sun Found Music, Despite His Parents’ Wishes

Posted on · (Above: Houston musician DJ Sun poses in the Houston Matters studio. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Houston musician DJ Sun has been working in the local music scene for years. The Houston Press has named him DJ of the Year several times. But success didn’t come to him overnight. When he expressed interest in […]

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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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The Greatest Thing You’ve Never Seen: Competitive Air Guitar

Posted on · (Above: Houston air guitar enthusiast Randy Garza, aka “El Airiachi.” Photo Courtesy: US Air Guitar Championships) They say it’s the “greatest thing you’ve never seen” — someone playing the air guitar competitively onstage. Yes, that’s a thing. In fact, the US Air Guitar Championships are holding a qualifying competition in Houston on Friday, June 23, […]

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Live on the Roof: Justin Townes Earle

Posted on · Acclaimed singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle followed his famous father Steve Earle into the music business, playing first in his father’s band, The Dukes, before signing with Bloodshot Records in 2007 as a solo Americana/folk/country artist. Earle recently visited Houston Public Media to record a couple songs for an upcoming edition of Skyline Sessions before a […]

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LGBTQ Issues in Houston, and Writing About War: Thursday’s Show (June 22, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Rainbow crosswalks now adorn all four corners of the intersection of Westheimer and Taft in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood in honor of LGBTQ pride. Photo: Gail Delaughter, Houston Public Media)This is Houston Pride Week, one of the largest LGBTQ celebrations in the country. And last Monday (June 12, 2017) marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting […]

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The Long Saga Over Establishing an Official Texas State Music Museum

Posted on · Since 2005, the establishment of an official Texas State Music Museum has been a tumultuous road. An allotment of funds had been set aside for it but then had to be used to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. Then, once the funds were reacquired, a competitive vetting process between Houston and Austin saw Houston as […]

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Researchers Study How Your Favorite Song Affects Your Brain

Posted on · (Above: A researcher studies brain scans of a patient inside an MRI, in a video from Houston Methodist.)Houston Methodist recently conducted a study concerning music’s effect on the brain. In the study, the subjects were placed in an MRI machine and exposed to various types of pre-selected music and plain speaking, and then a song […]

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Virginia Shooting, Political Roundup, and the Effect of Music on Your Brain: Wednesday’s Show (June 14, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Two people hug in an area blocked off by police crime scene tape in Alexandria, Va., after a shooting during a congressional baseball practice June 14, 2017. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) We’re learning more about this morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Va., during a Republican Congressional baseball practice. Members of Congress and their […]