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Why Is Everyone Messing With Texas?

Posted on · Littering — are we seeing tons more of it in H-town? Why? What the heck, people? We take a closer look at the problem here and talk about the psychology behind littering — both for people who litter/dump, and what we who witness it ascribe to them. We talk with John Nova Lomax, of Texas Monthly and behavioral […]

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Houston Plant Expansions May Be Further Sign of ‘Permania’

Posted on · A French energy company’s partnering with companies in Canada and Austria to build chemical and plastic plant expansions in Port Arthur and Bayport. It’s close to $2 billion dollars in investment, anticipating the opportunity to capitalize on more shale gas as a result of what’s increasingly being called “Permania,” the pursuit and production of natural […]

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Texas Energy: What Did We Miss?

Posted on · We’ve been devoting time in recent weeks to talking about the various sources of energy in Greater Houston and across Texas. In previous weeks, we’ve talked about the future of energy from wind, solar, coal and nuclear and natural gas. On today’s show, we examine any forms of energy we may have missed, including biofuels. We talk with Loren Steffy, […]

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Why Is It So Hard for Novelists to Get Houston Right?

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we talk with writers who are either from Houston or who write about Houston (and sometimes both). And recently, there have been a handful of novels set in Houston getting critical praise, from The After Party, to Sunset City, to A Wife of Noble Character – among others. […]

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Design Your Own Theme Park for Houston

Posted on · Houston seems to have it all. But we are missing a few things here: no NHL franchise, nowhere to go for truly great toasted ravioli, and perhaps most glaring — no theme park. At least nothing on par with AstroWorld, which closed back in 2005. A couple weeks back (July 6, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester […]

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Houston Pet Peeves Summer 2016

Posted on · Every few months, we give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston — like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your craw, that you just […]

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Justice Department Sues Halliburton To Stop Acquisition Of Baker Hughes

Posted on · Amid news that the U.S. Justice Department is suing to block the proposed merger of Halliburton and Baker-Hughes, we revisit our conversation from just last month about the possibility this deal could be squelched. Just a couple months ago, during one of our internal weekly pitch meetings to discuss future Houston Matters topics, one of […]

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Is Texas A&M’s Claim to the “12th Man” Trademark Legit?

Posted on · Whether or not you’re one the many alumni or fans of Texas A&M in Greater Houston, you’re probably aware of the school’s “12th Man” tradition. It stems from a legendary football game in 1922 – or does it? Texas Monthly writer John Nova Lomax recently tried to sort out the facts from the myth in […]

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Bless Your Heart: Guide Offers Tips on How to be a Texan

Posted on · Native Houstonian and Texas Monthly online editor Andrea Valdez has written the forthcoming book How To Be a Texan: The Manual. It’s a not-so-serious guide to the things we do and say in the Lone Star state. It stemmed from 40-plus columns she’d written about what it means to be a Texan. The book includes things such […]

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You’re From Houston? Oh, I’m Sorry.

Posted on · Maybe you’ve heard that phrase from a family member or a friend, or even a complete stranger, while visiting another part of the country — someone who, for some reason, has a negative impression of Houston, and feels it’s completely appropriate to express such a sentiment. Italian food and wine blogger Jeremy Parzen has experienced […]

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“You’re From Houston? I’m Sorry.” Friday’s Show (October 9, 2015)

Posted on · “You’re From Houston? I’m Sorry.” Maybe you’ve heard that phrase from a family member or a friend, or even a complete stranger, while visiting another part of the country — someone who, for some reason, has a negative impression of Houston, and feels it’s completely appropriate to express such a sentiment. Italian food and wine […]

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Texas Rising: How Badly Does the Series Mangle State’s History? Does it Matter?

Posted on · Earlier this month, the History Channel wrapped up Texas Rising, a 10-hour miniseries based on the Texas Revolution against Mexico. Stephen Harrigan is a writer at large for Texas Monthly. He’s been chronicling his thoughts about the miniseries for the publication. He spoke with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin before the series finale about the historical […]

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One Year After ‘City With No Limits’ Campaign: Is Houston Succeeding in Drawing More Millennials and Tourists?

Posted on · Just over a year ago, the Greater Houston Partnership launched a branding campaign to encourage Millennials to move to Houston. Is it working? And what other efforts are underway to bring people here to visit – or to stay? On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about official efforts to sell Houston’s image across the […]

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Revisiting Houston’s Image Problem: Monday’s Show (June 8, 2015)

Posted on · Just over a year ago, the Greater Houston Partnership launched a branding campaign to encourage Millennials to move to Houston. Is it working? And what other efforts are underway to bring people here to visit – or to stay? On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about official efforts to sell Houston’s image across the […]

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Happy Houston and WWII Love Letters: Friday’s show (February 13, 2015)

Posted on · It’s been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed poverty, crime, guns, missing persons, the homeless – all important issues, to be sure. But let’s face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing. So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we take a little break from the trials and tribulations of […]