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Inadequate Fire Safety Inspections, and Astronaut Candidates: Tuesday’s Show (June 20, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Houston’s Fire Station No. 7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)Houston buildings aren’t being inspected for fire safety regularly, and the agency within the Houston Fire Department that’s tasked with the job has inflated its inspection numbers and keeps inadequate records. That’s according to an audit of the Houston Fire Department Life Safety Bureau […]

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William Ellis: The Former Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

Posted on · Guillermo Eliseo was a wealthy Mexican banker and broker who lived in New York City in the early 20 Century. But, Eliseo had a secret. He was actually born into slavery on a cotton plantation in southern Texas, and his real name was William Ellis. Maggie Martin talks with historian and author Karl Jacoby, who wrote […]

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Modern Misogyny: Sexual Harassment Still an Issue in the Workplace

Posted on · A recent survey of 18- to 25-year-old women in the U.S. reported 90 percent have been sexually harassed. The report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education lays out these findings and how young adults and their parents can prevent misogyny and sexual harassment. The report looked at attitudes toward sex and relationships among young […]

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Giant Shifts: Book Examines Trends at a ‘Defining Moment’ in the Energy Industry

Posted on · (Above:Houston attorney and energy blogger Jimmy Vallee is the author of “Giant Shifts: Energy Trends Reshaping America’s Future.” Photo: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)Houston-based energy attorney and blogger Jimmy Vallee has served as an adviser for numerous high-profile energy companies and grew up in and around the Texas oil fields in Beaumont. Now, he’s […]

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Meet Some of the Interesting ‘People of Memorial Park’

Posted on · Stacy Holden runs regularly at Houston’s Memorial Park. And, over the years, she noticed plenty of people on the running trail who seemed like they might have interesting stories. So she got to know some of them and tells their stories in a new coffee table book called People of Memorial Park: Stories from Houston’s […]

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Musician Bobby Bridger Reflects on His Legendary Album ‘Seekers of the Fleece’

Posted on · Back in 1976, Houstonian Bobby Bridger recorded his Americana masterpiece Seekers of the Fleece. It’s the sort of album nobody makes anymore: a concept album, built around the tale of one man, in this case frontiersman Jim Bridger, who signed on with a fur expedition in 1822 and then lived nearly 60 years more as […]

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How the Zapruder Film Changed One Family — and the Nation

Posted on · The idea of citizen journalism is fairly familiar these days. We’re used to seeing video footage on the news shot by someone with a smartphone. But one of the first, prominent such instances is the Zapruder film — 26 seconds of footage a bystander named Abraham Zapruder took of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy […]

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Houston’s Place in the Global Economy, and Nursing Shortage Update: Monday’s Show (May 22, 2017)

Posted on · We often hear that Houston is a global city – but what does that mean? The term might be used to describe our area’s much-touted cultural diversity. But it could also be used to describe the region’s role as an international economic engine. To see just where Houston stacked up on the latter front, researchers from […]

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What Happens When Humans Start Reading — and Altering — Their Own User Manual?

Posted on · (Above: Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, cancer researcher and author. Photo: Deborah Feingold) What happens when a machine begins to read its own instruction manual? No, I’m not talking about Skynet (from the Terminator films) but rather humanity’s rapidly increasing understanding of its genome – the code that makes us who were are. We’ve mapped it and identified genes […]

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Son of Bum: Wade Phillips Discusses Growing Up with a Houston Football Icon

Posted on · (Above: Former Oilers coach, Bum Phillips, and his son, veteran NFL coach Wade Phillips, shown while he was coaching for the Houston Texans. (Photo Courtesy: Brett Coomer | Houston Chronicle) Wade Phillips is about as much a part of Houston football as you can get. While he’s just signed on with the Los Angeles Rams […]

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Irish Author Colm Tóibín Leaves ‘Brooklyn’ Behind to Write About Ancient Greece

Posted on · (Above: Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. Photo Courtesy: Jesse Costa/WBUR) Award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín is probably best known for his novel Brooklyn, about an Irish girl who emigrates to New York. In 2015, it was turned into a movie starring Saorise Ronan. His latest novel, House of Names, is a departure from Brooklyn – and […]

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The State of Houston Energy, and Irish Author Colm Tóibín: Thursday’s Show (May 4, 2017)

Posted on · Today on Houston Matters, we continue our 3rd annual State of Houston series with a look at the state of energy and environment in Greater Houston with the help of Travis Bubenik, News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter. Also this hour…