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Houston Matters for Tues., Nov 5, 2013

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council forecasts our region’s population could grow from the more than 6 million people living here today, to close to 10 million by the year 2040. Will we be ready for this potential population growth? What will it mean for our health, housing, transportation, economy, and environment? On this edition of Houston […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Nov. 4, 2013

Posted on · It’s okay. You can admit it. You just now realized there’s an election tomorrow, and, well, you haven’t really been paying attention. Yeah, there have been the requisite ads on TV and the radio – you’ve been tuning them out. Look, we get it. You’ve been busy. And frankly, those political ads can wear you […]

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Houston Matters for Fri., Nov. 1, 2013

Posted on · A new study calls Texans temperamental and uninhibited…an airline passenger is bumped from a flight at Bush for being only 44 minutes early…Bellaire gets props for being the best community in the nation for trick-or-treating…we explore these and other oddities with our panel of non-experts, as we parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Houston […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs. Oct. 31, 2013

Posted on · Happy Halloween y’all! On today’s show…we discuss how to talk like a Texan. Specifically, we’ll explore words, phrases, and dialects that are more common in Texas than elsewhere, and we’ll discuss variations on word usage and accents from one area of Texas to another. We welcome your questions for folklorist and UH English Professor Dr. Carl […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 30, 2013

Posted on · The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau says Houston will host about two dozen major conventions this year – the most in five years. Officials estimate these conventions will bring some $430 million dollars into Houston’s economy. But there are some conventions Houston has been unable to snag. The city recently lost a bid to host the 2017 World […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 29, 2013

Posted on · The state of Texas believes the Environmental Protection Agency does not have legal authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from factories and power plants. Such disputes over carbon emissions have pitted environmental regulators against industry for years. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over this question – and the state of […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, October 25, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss some lesser known or underappreciated events in Greater Houston history, in advance of the Houston History Book Fair and Symposium. At that event next month, some two dozen authors will discuss their work, and highlight what intrigues them about Houston’s history. Topics will range from the first […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 24, 2013

Posted on · A report issued by the CDC says more and more infectious diseases are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The agency says every year, at least two million people become infected with bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotics. Of those two million, at least 23-thousand die. A day may come – and some doctors argue it already […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 23, 2013

Posted on · On Thursday, Oct .24, Texas Southern University will host a community meeting called “Policing the Police” – it’s a panel discussion about police procedures. The event stems from recent articles about police misconduct published by the Texas Observer. On this edition of Houston Matters, in advance of the meeting, we talk with Texas Observer writer Emily DePrang, […]

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Houston Matters for Tues., Oct. 22, 2013

Posted on · After months of oppressive heat and humidity, autumn has arrived and the weather in Houston has been glorious in recent days. Seems like as good a time as any to talk about the weather. On this edition of Houston Matters, we field your questions for Houston Weather Research Center Chief Meteorologist Jason Luze, and Lance Wood, Science […]

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Houston Matters for Mon., Oct. 21, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Houston Mayor Annise Parker. Last Monday, Houston Matters profiled all nine of the candidates on the ballot for mayor of Houston. Just two – incumbent Mayor Parker and challenger Ben Hall – have polled above single digits, so over the next two Mondays, we […]

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Houston Matters for Fri., Oct. 18, 2013

Posted on · Leaders in the global shipping industry are coming to Houston next week for the annual Shipping and Offshore Conference. Attendees will discuss new international shipping routes and the expansion of offshore projects around the world. Organizers say Houston – home to one of the largest ports in the United States – is a natural fit to host […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 17, 2013

Posted on · Invariably, when given the opportunity to complain about things we don’t like so much about Houston, the topic turns to transportation – too much traffic, not enough mass transit – and, way, way too many potholes. So many people travel on Greater Houston roadways each day, it’s probably not surprising we have potholes, and cracks […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 16, 2013

Posted on · Houston is a city constantly in flux, redefining itself, rethinking itself. In a community and – let’s face it – a society constantly on the move, we can sometimes lose historical and cultural experiences along the way. From Astroworld’s carousel (left) to the downtown Houston Foley’s department store, from homes and offices to hotels, stores, and […]