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Curbside Recycling Returns, And Skyrocketing World Series Ticket Prices: The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of The Week’s News

Posted on · From the return of curbside recycling after Harvey, to the sky-rocketing price for World Series tickets, our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news.

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Full Show: What Happens In Houston If Obamacare Fails, And What Drives Local Auto Sales (Aug. 17, 2017)

Posted on · Will Obamacare indeed fail if no further action is taken? And, if so, what affect could it have on Houston patients and the local healthcare industry? Houston Matters talks with two local healthcare experts. Plus: we examine what causes new auto sales in the region to rise and fall.

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Houston Matters Weekend: October 15, 2016

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the “most diverse city in America.” And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that’s correct. And that might be enough to give Houstonians with civic pride a case of the diversity […]

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How Effective Are Tobacco Policies in Improving Public Health?

Posted on · Smoking bans and cigarette taxes – they’re part of many policies aimed not only at curbing smoking but also reducing associated health conditions like heart attacks and strokes. But are they working? A recent report examines the impact of two tobacco policies aimed at reducing hospitalizations. We talk with the co-author of that report, Vivian […]

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Technology Outlook, Smoking Policies and Britta Phillips: Wednesday’s Show (October 12, 2016)

Posted on · What are the most probable technological changes that’ll happen over the next decade? Rice University is hosting a symposium today (Oct. 12, 2016) addressing that question. The event is framed by a study that looks at how technology will impact the future of multiple industries, including shipping and energy. Technology Outlook 2025 is a report that […]

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Is Houston Really a Better Place for Cancer Treatment?

Posted on · Part of the narrative of Greater Houston is that it’s a good place to be if you should have to contend with cancer. We not only have the Texas Medical Center here, but we’re the home of MD Anderson Cancer Center. So, clearly, if you’re going to have to have cancer in Texas, this is […]

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Custody Deaths and Affordable Housing: Wednesday’s Show (August 24, 2016)

Posted on · There’s a new database documenting the deaths of Texas citizens in two types of situations: deaths as a result of encounters with law enforcement (such as the use of deadly force) and deaths that occur while in law enforcement custody (such as in jail or in prison). The database, called the Texas Justice Initiative, says that […]

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New Study Examines Relationship Between Hospital Volume and Patient Outcomes

Posted on · A new study is challenging previous findings about the role hospital volume plays in patient outcomes. Previous research has concluded that hospitals that perform high numbers of complex operations have lower patient mortality rates. However, this latest study says that’s not necessarily the case. We talk about the findings with the report’s co-author, Vivian Ho […]

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Solar Capacity, and Robots Taking Our Jobs: Tuesday’s Show (May 3, 2016)

Posted on · Houston’s solar capacity is growing, according to a new report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. But how much? And how does Houston’s growth compare to that of other Texas cities — and other major metro areas across the nation? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss where Houston stands on solar […]

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The Affordable Care Act for those Houstonians who are Self-Employed and Unemployed

Posted on · Each Thursday between now and October 1st, Houston Matters is devoting some time to offering you a chance to get questions answered, as to what may be the biggest change in health care in America since Medicare begins in earnest. On October 1st, under the Affordable Care Act, Americans can begin to sign up for […]