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Texas Election Survey and Grace Hopper Conference: Thursday’s Show (October 20, 2016)

Six weeks ago the Washington Post unveiled a poll on the U.S. presidential race, which found Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton neck and neck in Texas. It was, frankly, hard to believe. No other major poll had shown such a result. So, we brought the paper’s polling manager on to explain the methodology used. Then, we […]

TXDecides Election BannerSix weeks ago the Washington Post unveiled a poll on the U.S. presidential race, which found Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton neck and neck in Texas. It was, frankly, hard to believe. No other major poll had shown such a result. So, we brought the paper’s polling manager on to explain the methodology used. Then, we considered whether the Lone Star State was really in play in the presidential race for the first time in decades (Texas has voted Republican in every presidential election since 1976). Among our guests was area political scientist and pollster Bob Stein from Rice University.

Well, it’s a funny thing: In recent days, Stein co-supervised a poll on behalf of The Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston. That poll released Tuesday (Oct. 18, 2016) found the presidential race in Texas fell within the margin of error, with Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton by just three percentage points — this despite the fact that less than half of Republican respondents believe Trump will be elected President.

We discuss these and other findings with Bob Stein and his fellow survey co-supervisor Richard Murray from the University of Houston as we revisit the question: Wait, seriously now, is Texas in play?

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Conference Highlights Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Computing

The largest convention of women technologists is in Houston this week. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing bills itself as bringing “the research and career interest of women in computing to the forefront.” The conference, which started yesterday (Oct. 19, 2016) and continues through tomorrow, caught the eye of the public radio program Innovation Hub, which you can hear Sundays at 3 on News 88.7. We talk with host Kara Miller about women in technology and with reporter Pooja Sivaraman, who is covering the conference for The GroundTruth Project, which is based at WGBH Boston, the public radio station that produces Innovation Hub.

Houston Matters Highlights Arts and Culture

We devote much of our time on Houston Matters each day to important public policy debates. And we talk with elected leaders and newsmakers and seek to engage you in discussions on a wide variety of important topics. But we also take time each week to highlight important arts and cultural events in the region. We often talk with poets, authors, actors, musicians, painters, dancers, stand-up comedians and Houston sports legends. And we showcase concerts at the rodeo, intimate performances around Houston — and even in our own studios. Every day, we seek to highlight the many and varied creative pursuits you can find in Houston’s arts and culture scene. So, today we share some highlights from some recent segments in hopes that you will support Houston Public Media.

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