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No Vampires and No Dystopia: Houston’s Caroline Leech on Writing Historical Fiction for Young Adults

Posted on · (Above: Houston young-adult writer Caroline Leech is the author of “Wait for Me,” an historical fiction novel set in World War II Scotland. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Young adult novels these days are all vampires and dystopia. Think the Twilight series or The Hunger Games, just to name a few. But local writer […]

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‘We Remember Mates:’ A Pearl Harbor Survivor Looks Back

Posted on · Today (Dec. 7, 2016) is Pearl Harbor Day. On this day 75 years ago, the Japanese attacked the U.S. fleet in Hawaii and launched America into World War II. One of the men who survived the attack was Vaughn Hamberlin, who served aboard the U.S.S. Tennessee. Some 35 years later, in 1976, he revisited the site […]

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‘The French War Bride’ — Novel Looks at the Unique Challenges of One Particular Type of Wartime Love Story

Posted on · The French War Bride is a new book from Houston author Robin Wells. It’s a fictional story of how a young woman was able to escape Nazi-occupied France during World War II by marrying an American Army doctor and coming to America as a war bride. Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin sat down with Wells to […]

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Even When God Is Silent

Posted on · Composer Michael Horvit is a professor emeritus at the University of Houston. He tells the story of a piece of music he composed called Even When God is Silent. The lyrics came from words found scrawled on a wall in Germany at the end of World War II. They read: “I believe in the sun, even when […]

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Remembering Rita and Plan Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 24, 2015)

Posted on · Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]

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Summer Reading: Remembering WWII POW Camp in Huntsville

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series starts today with Jeffrey Littlejohn, an associate professor of history and director of the graduate program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He’s the co-editor […]

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Flood Response, Urbanization and Summer Reading: Tuesday’s Show (June 2, 2015)

Posted on · It’s been a week since a dramatic and major storm over Houston dumped nearly a foot of rain in a matter of hours, leading to widespread flooding, several deaths, damage in the millions and at least temporary disruption in one form or another for most of Greater Houston. Now that we have a little bit […]

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Revisiting Some of Our Favorite Recent Conversations: Monday’s Show (May 25, 2015)

Posted on · On this Memorial Day, we’re going to listen back to some of our favorite Houston Matters conversations and reports of recent months, including a few that seemed particularly appropriate on this holiday — and some that would be worthwhile to hear again on any day.

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Where Math Meets Art: The Multiverse of Artist Michael Petry

Posted on · If you saw last year’s Best Picture nominee, The Imitation Game, you’re familiar with the story of Alan Turing. Turing was a British mathematician and computer scientist who helped crack the Nazi’s enigma code, which helped win World War II. And he’s considered one of the fathers of computer science. Often, when we think about […]

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Houston Museum Home to Vintage Military Aircraft

Posted on · The Texas Flying Legends Museum recently launched five WWII warbirds for a 2,200-mile journey to perform overseas. These trips are part of the museum’s broader mission to honor war veterans. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin recently visited the museum at Ellington Airport as pilots were preparing to take off. The warbirds are expected to return to […]

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Public Integrity Unit and Astros GM: Tuesday’s Show (March 31, 2015)

Posted on · There’s a new measure that would change what agency fights public corruption in Texas government. Right now, the Public Integrity Unit investigates public corruption and is managed by the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. But Senate Bill 10 would move it under the Texas Attorney General’s Office. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss […]