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Property Brothers Jonathan & Drew Scott Discuss Their Careers and DIY Home Improvements Gone Wrong

Posted on · (Above: Jonathan and Drew Scott, otherwise known on the HGTV network as “Property Brothers.” Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Twins Jonathan and Drew Scott, otherwise known on the HGTV network as Property Brothers, have numerous spin-off shows, including one called Brother vs. Brother, the latest season of which takes place entirely in Galveston. In […]

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Houston Photographer Captures Hidden Worlds From World War I

Posted on · (Above: The underground dining area of a WWI French soldier, as photographed by Houston doctor Jeff Gusky. Image Courtesy: jeffgusky.com) When we think of the brutal warfare of World War I, we tend to think of the 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians dead, of infantrymen waging war with guns and grenades, hiding in muddy […]

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Zina Garrison, Sinking Houston and a Fear the Beard Emoji: Houston Matters Weekend for Feb. 11, 2017

Posted on · In June of last year, we presented the 2016 Houston Matters Road Show in front of a live audience at the Asia Society Texas Center, including a conversation with Houstonian and longtime tennis star Zina Garrison. In the 1980s and 90s, Garrison was a fixture in professional tennis, routinely among the top women’s singles players […]

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Exit Interview: Producer Paige Phelps

Posted on · Another Houston Matters producer is leaving the nest. Producer Paige Phelps is leaving the show to move to Phoenix where she’ll become senior producer for the public radio program called The Show on KJZZ. Paige’s work included being our go-to reporter for stories happening in Galveston — among a host of other topics. But some of us […]

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‘Mapping Texas’ Looks at 300 Years of Shifting Texas Boundaries

Posted on · The Houston Museum of Natural Science is known for geodes and stars and dinosaurs, but a new exhibit aims to make cartography just as exciting as a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State shows off 50 maps, dating from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, that document the discovery of […]

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Super Bowl 51 — How Did Houston Do? Monday’s Show (Feb. 6, 2017)

Posted on · It’s all over. Super Bowl 51 — Houston’s big moment at the center of the sports universe that was years in the making – is in the books. As the teams, visitors and celebrities trickle out of town we ask: How’d Houston do? How did Houston perform as a host city? The game itself will […]

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George H.W. Bush Biographer, City Floods and ‘Prairie Home’ Host Chris Thile: Houston Matters Weekend for Feb. 4, 2017

Posted on · In his 2015 biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, author Jon Meacham explored how the nation’s 41st president has conducted himself throughout his life, through extensive interviews over a decade with the president, his family, friends, and colleagues. Meacham was also granted access to the former president’s audio diaries and […]

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Why Should Audiences Attend a Reading of a Play? The Alley’s All New Festival Has the Answer

Posted on · The Alley Theatre’s All New Festival aims to highlight new theatrical works. The event, which runs Feb. 2-12, 2017, includes a combination of readings and workshop performances of five new theatrical works. Playwrights involved in the festival include Cyrpess native Robert Askins, Bekah Brunstetter, Christina Gorman, Rajiv Joseph and Kenneth Lin. Plus there’s a world premiere of Syncing Ink, […]

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President Trump, and Civil Rights in the Space Race: Houston Matters Weekend for Jan. 28, 2017

Posted on · President Donald Trump was sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2017. And before the ceremony, we asked you to share what you want him to know about Houston as part of NPR’s A Nation Engaged project. On this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, we hear some of your answers and discuss them with Brandon Rottinghaus, political […]

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Why Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss Says She’s Still an Optimist

Posted on · Eva Schloss is a Holocaust survivor, an author and the step-sister of Anne Frank, whose diary of life in hiding during the Holocaust was published and adapted for stage and screen. Schloss will share her story of surviving the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp at an event Feb. 15, 2017 at The Wortham Center. Schloss recently spoke […]

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HUD Ruling on the Fountain View Housing Project, and Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss: Wednesday’s Show (January 25, 2017)

Posted on · The US Department of Housing and Urban Development recently found the city’s decision to nix an affordable housing project on Fountain View Drive was motivated at least in part by the race, color or national origin of the likely tenants. HUD says that’s a violation of the Civil Rights Act. The ruling is the latest […]

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Improving Houston’s Suburbs, and Grieving Substance Abuse: Houston Matters Weekend (January 21, 2017)

Posted on · What makes a great suburb? A report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research examines ways Houston suburbs can improve. The study is based on five case studies of Houston suburbs, including Sugar Land and The Woodlands. On this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, Kyle Shelton, the man behind the research, joins us to discuss […]

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Empowering High School Students Through Photography

Posted on · Of 400 submissions only 64 photographs made the cut for the 22nd annual Eye on Houston photography exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The twist for this exclusive showing is that these are works from disadvantaged high school students from HISD who have learned their craft from Through the Lens Houston, a nonprofit after-school program that […]

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End of Life Preparation, and Texans’ Financial Literacy: Thursday’s Show (January 12, 2017)

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy wants to engage Houstonians in learning how to “face disease and frailty before you get there.” Let’s face it: while we know we’re all mortal, and that as we age, we decline physically and sometimes mentally. It’s an inevitability we don’t really want to […]

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Affordable Housing, and Mental Health Care Issues; Houston Matters Weekend (January 7, 2017)

Posted on · A question that perplexes potential home buyers and renters: where’s the affordable housing for the rest of us? The Search for Affordable Housing has More than 50 percent of Houston housing consumers in the middle- to lower-income market, making less than $50,000 a year. Many are “rent-burdened,” which means they spend more than the recommended 30 […]