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What the Civil War Can Teach Us About Treating Today’s Veterans

Posted on · A book from Sam Houston State University Professor Brian Jordan examines the challenges Union veterans faced at the completion of the Civil War, and how those challenges continue for today’s men and women in the armed forces. We revisit our February 2016 conversation with Dr. Jordan about his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their […]

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New Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo: Tuesday’s Show (January 10, 2017)

Posted on · Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Art Acevedo as Houston’s new police chief in November. Chief Acevedo has spent over 30 years with law enforcement, including 20 with the California Highway Patrol and most recently ten on Austin’s police force. Now he has become the chief of the country’s fifth-largest police force. Acevedo faces numerous challenges at the […]

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State of TV News and Best Breakfast Joints: Houston Matters Weekend for November 5, 2016

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, we talk with veteran TV journalists to discuss the current state of TV news — both locally and nationally. Our round table includes former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena, who’s now the executive director of the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy at Sam Houston State University. We also talk with […]

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What We Can Learn From “Near-Death” Experiences

Posted on · What exactly happens when someone has a near-death experience? It’s a phenomenon met with both fascination and skepticism. Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, an assistant professor of philosophy at Sam Houston State University, digs into the subject in the new book Near-Death Experiences: Understanding Visions Of The Afterlife. Mitchell-Yellin, who co-wrote the book with John Martin Fischer, discusses […]

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Remembering Sports Anchor Bob Allen and the State of TV News

Posted on · Longtime TV sports anchor Bob Allen passed away Wednesday, after a long battle with cancer. Allen worked for nearly four decades in TV sports, most of it as sports director at KTRK Channel 13, before finishing his career at KHOU Channel 11. Today, we talk with former colleagues about Allen and then discuss the current […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for September 10, 2016

Posted on · On July 18, 2016, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison for repeatedly illegally logging into the Houston Astros’ computer database. When the news broke reaction was swift – and surprising. As the scandal was already well documented, many skipped taking Correa rightly to task for what he […]

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Houstonian Shares Memories from Working in the White House

Posted on · Sam Houston State University professor and Houstonian Peter Roussel spent many years at the White House as a staff assistant and deputy press secretary under several presidents. Roussel wrote a play about his experiences called Ruffled Flourishes, which debuts at the University Theatre Center at Sam Houston State University this Saturday (Aug. 27, 2016). Here, he […]

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How Influential Are Newspaper Endorsements of Candidates These Days?

Posted on · Late last month, the Houston Chronicle editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Typically, newspapers wait until the days just before an election to make such an endorsement, but, as the Chronicle’s editorial outlining the decision states, the paper made “an exception in the 2016 presidential race, because the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald […]

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Black, White, Male, Female, Gay, Straight — How Do Labels Define You?

Posted on · Identity and labels have been at the heart of a lot of our political and social discourse in recent years. From identity politics to racial strife to equal rights and religious liberty, there are any number of major issues and ideas affecting Greater Houston that tend to begin with labels about race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality– […]

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Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

Posted on · In 1931, officials at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville started a rodeo for inmates. Intended simply as entertainment for prisoners and employees, it eventually grew to become the largest sporting event in the state of Texas, drawing crowds as large as a hundred thousand in some years. A new book called Convict Cowboys: The […]

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Study: Laws Protecting Child Witnesses Lack Uniformity from State to State

Posted on · It’s not uncommon for kids to take the stand to testify in criminal, civil or juvenile courts. But legal protections for these underage witnesses — and for victims too — vary greatly from state to state, according to some research from Sam Houston State University. To tell us more, we talk with Ashley Fansher, a doctoral […]

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How Plant DNA Can Provide Clues for Law Enforcement

Posted on · Two recent studies conducted at Sam Houston State University highlight developments in the field of forensic botany. One uses marijuana DNA to link drug supplies; another uses pollen DNA to aid in forensic investigations. Paige Phelps talks with forensic geneticist Dr. David Gangitano about forensic botany and how the study of plant DNA can be […]

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What the Civil War Can Teach Us About Treating Today’s Veterans

Posted on · A new book from Sam Houston State University Professor Brian Jordan examines the challenges Union veterans faced at the completion of the Civil War, and how those challenges continue for today’s men and women in the armed forces. We talk with Dr. Jordan about his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War.  […]