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DiverseCity: The Perspective of a First-Generation College Graduate

Posted on · We meet Houstonian Yolanda Norman. She’s originally from Memphis and has been in Houston since 2007. She’s a first-generation college graduate and is currently a doctoral student. She talks about the rarity of women of color in tenured faculty at universities and about her experience as the first in her family to go to college. She […]

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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 […]

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Top Workplaces in Houston, and Shutting Down Notorious Apartments: Tuesday’s Show (May 23, 2017)

Posted on · Every year, the Houston Chronicle puts together a list of the best workplaces in Houston, based on employee surveys distributed through a third-party company. The 2017 results won’t come until the fall, but, until then, what does make for a good workplace according to Houstonians? Is it the hours, the work space, the benefits, the […]

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The Great War: Lessons from the Camp Logan Riots Still Echo Today

Posted on · (Above: Headlines from the Houston Press following the 1917 Camp Logan Riots. Image Courtesy: Texas State Historical Association) This week (April 10-12, 2017), Houston Public Media TV 8 is airing The Great War, a three-part documentary on World War I from the series American Experience. The film coincides with the 100th anniversary of America entering the […]

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Syrian Perspectives from Houston, and W.G. Jones State Forest: Tuesday’s Show (April 11, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Syrian residents of Khan Shaykhun hold signs and pictures on Friday during a protest condemning a suspected chemical weapons attack on their town earlier this week. Photo: Getty Images) Last week’s chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response remind us of the violence Syrian people have lived with for years. It seems […]

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What’s Causing the Upsurge in Anti-Semitism in Houston and Across the Nation?

Posted on · (Above: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. Photo: Wikipedia Commons) On Sunday (March 12, 2017), the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston was evacuated for the second time in less than a month after receiving a bomb threat. JCCs and other Jewish organizations nationwide have received more than 150 such bomb threats since […]

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Anti-Semitism in Houston, and the Future of Nuclear Power in Texas: Thursday’s Show (March 16, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. Photo: Wikipedia Commons) On Sunday (March 12, 2017), the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston was evacuated for the second time in less than a month after receiving another bomb threat. JCCs and other Jewish organizations nationwide have received more than 150 such bomb threats since […]

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Collaboration with KERA’s ‘Think’ Examines Race, Education and Poverty

Posted on · On Wednesday (March 8, 2017), Houston Matters is collaborating with KERA’s Think in Dallas for a conversation about race, education and poverty. Hosts Krys Boyd and Craig Cohen will guide the hour-long discussion looking at how these three aspects are intertwined. Here in Houston, we’ll talk with News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee, who’s been […]

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Restored Harris County Documents Shed New Light on the Slocum Massacre

Posted on · In July of 1910, violence broke out in the East Texas farming community of Slocum. Numerous African Americans were killed by whites. But the details of exactly what happened are murky. Newspaper reports from the time say between eight and 22 people were killed. Other accounts suggest the total could be far higher — more […]

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DiverseCity: Discovering Houston Through Its Food

Posted on · Alfredo Vetencourt grew up in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Houston two years ago. He talks about how Houston’s diverse food scene helped him break out of his comfort zone, about relying on the vibrant community of Venezuelans here, and about what keeps him in the Bayou City. This segment is part of DiverseCity, a year-long […]

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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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Chokehold: Is There a Difference in Criminal Justice When Policing Black Men?

Posted on · Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Georgetown Law Professor Paul Butler, in advance of his lecture Thursday night (Feb. 16, 2017) at the University of Houston Law Center. Butler, a former federal prosecutor, has written and spoken extensively on criminal justice and race relations, including in his 2009 book Let’s Get Free: A Hip […]