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Pets as Christmas Presents & Pet-Proofing Your Home for the Holidays

Posted on · Once again, Houston Matters goes to the dogs…and cats. Today, we focus on important steps you can take to dog and cat proof your holiday-infused home, prepare for visitors wanting to feed your dog or cat holiday treats they shouldn’t, and we’ll discuss the care and feeding of dogs and cats, in particular, during Houston’s […]

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How Accessible is Houston for the Disabled?

Posted on · How accessible is Houston for the disabled? What services or processes are in place to ensure disabled Houstonians can get around? Is all of Houston up to the standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act? And how do Houstonians without disabilities tend to treat those who are disabled? We’ll hear from two disabled men who are also advocates […]

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Accessibility in Houston, Pet Care, and the Texans After Kubiak: Houston Matters for Monday, December 9, 2013

Posted on · When we think about “getting around” Houston, we tend to think of it from our own perspective. If you’re young you don’t think about it from the standpoint of someone who’s older. If you own a car, you tend not to think much about those who don’t. The same goes for disabilities. If you’re not […]

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What Does it Take to Grow a Championship Beard or Mustache?

Posted on · Last month, you might have noticed a surprising increase in facial hair around the city of Houston. There’s a chance it was the result of “No-Shave November,” which aims to raise awareness for men’s health issues and get people to embrace facial hair. But Houston Matters’ Conner Clifton, who himself grew a mustache in November, […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Banning Spanish in Class, The Return of Krispy Kreme, & Galveston as a Destination on the Rise: It’s The Good, The Bad & the Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · We talk about The Good, The Bad & the Ugly of Houston News, such as a principal trying to ban the speaking of Spanish in an area school, the return of Krispy Kreme donuts to Houston, and Galveston as a “destination on the rise,” according to one travel website. Our panel of admitted non-experts is comprised […]

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Gauging the Performing Arts in Houston

Posted on · We take a moment to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. Then we explore the state of the arts in Houston with Jonathon Glus the President of the Houston Arts Alliance, and then welcome your questions for three members of the performing arts community here in Houston: Jennifer Decker, Artistic Director of Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company; Stephanie […]

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Houston and Mandela, Houston’s Performing Arts, and Facial Hair Clubs: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Posted on · Tributes continue to pour in around the world in remembrance of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. Houstonians are, of course, among those Mandela touched in his life. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll share what some have to say about the man, and what he said about how he […]

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The Transformation of Buffalo Bayou Park

Posted on · The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is holding a Christmas cruise and history boat tour this upcoming weekend. Anyone who’s going may notice the scenery isn’t the same as last year. That’s because for about a year now, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership has been renovating a 10-mile stretch of the Bayou in the heart of downtown Houston. […]

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Who Are The Most Influential Houstonians In Social Media?

Posted on · Social media guru Eric Tung has researched what he characterizes as the top “social media power influencers” in Houston. We’ll find out who they are, what that means, and explore the impact Houstonians effectively using social networking sites from Twitter to LinkedIn to Facebook and beyond can have on our community. And, of course, we take your questions […]

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Are High-Stakes Tests Pushing Teachers to Cheat?

Posted on · The investigation continues into the possibility of teachers cheating on state exams at two HISD elementary schools. KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee has been following this developing story, and she’ll have an update for us. We’ll also talk with Dawn Westfall, who’s written about “high stakes” testing that may unintentionally incentivize cheating among teachers. We’ll also welcome […]

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The Impact of “High Stakes” Testing, How Houstonians Use Social Media, and a Field Trip to Buffalo Bayou Park: Houston Matters for Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Posted on · The investigation continues into the possibility of teachers cheating on state exams at two HISD elementary schools. KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee has been following this developing story, and will have an update for us on this edition of Houston Matters. We’ll discuss concerns she’s heard from parents about the cheating, and the investigation itself. We’ll […]

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Who Are Those People Staging Battles in Mandell Park on Sundays? They’re LARPers

Posted on · If you’ve ever driven by Mandell Park in Montrose on a Sunday afternoon, you might have come across some “Battle Gamers,” more commonly referred to as LARPers – or “live action role players.” This particular group refers to itself as The Far Haradrim of Houston. We sent Houston Matters’ Conner Clifton out to meet them. Video: The […]