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Brock Osweiler Traded and Rockets Continue Second Half

Posted on · The Texans traded quarterback Brock Osweiler to Cleveland while the Dallas Cowboys are expected to release quarterback Tony Romo. Would he be a good fit in Houston? Would he be willing to come here? And the Rockets continue the second half of their season while the Astros continue Spring Training games in Florida. We discuss those […]

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How Could Downtown Houston Be Improved for Living and Working?

Posted on · (Photo: Derek Stokely, Houston Public Media) The Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) is creating a new plan for the short- and long-term future of downtown. Plan Downtown looks as far as 20 years into the future to recommend development and design improvements for downtown Houston. What kinds of things will the plan be looking […]

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Plan Downtown, and Finding Help for Hearing Loss: Monday’s Show (March 13, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Derek Stokely, Houston Public Media) The Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) is creating a new plan for the short- and long-term future of downtown. Plan Downtown looks as far as 20 years into the future to recommend development and design improvements for downtown Houston. What kinds of things will the plan be looking […]

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Moody Center for the Arts: Part Classroom, Part Art Gallery, Park Workshop

Posted on · (The Moody Center for the Arts, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture. Photo: Photo Nash Baker) Last month (Feb. 24, 2017), Rice University opened the doors of the new Moody Center for the Arts. The facility is a hybrid art gallery, theater space, classroom and workshop. Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty takes us on a tour with the […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Harris County Exonerations, and Houston’s Cost of Living: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

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Happy Houston, and The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (March 10, 2017)

Posted on · (Image: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Every once in a while, after a period of serious, heavy — okay, let’s face it, even occasionally depressing news — we like to take some time out to give you the opportunity to focus on the good news in your life. It could be about your personal life, about […]

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The Houston Jewish Film Festival Celebrates Its Bar Mitzvah

Posted on · The 2017 Houston Jewish Film Festival runs March 5-19 at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. Among the numerous films screened this year is the Academy Award nominee Life Animated. The documentary tells the story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to […]

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Wind: The Number One Renewable Energy Source in Texas

Posted on · We’re setting aside time each Thursday in the coming weeks to discuss developments in energy production in Texas. Last week, we talked about solar power in Houston. In the coming weeks, we’ll discuss nuclear and other forms of energy. Today, we turn our attention to wind power and talk with Michael Skelly, founder and president of […]

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The Who’s-Who of the Energy Industry in Houston for CERAWeek Conference

Posted on · (Above: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner welcomes the crowd to the annual CERAWeek conference on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Photo: Travis Bubenik, Houston Public Media/@travisbubenik) It’s CERAWeek. The annual energy conference chaired by Cambridge Energy Research Associates co-founder Daniel Yergin features a sort of who’s-who for the energy industry meeting and discussing a variety of energy-related […]

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CERAWeek Conference and Wind Energy in Texas: Thursday’s Show (March 9, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Travis Bubenik, Houston Public Media) It’s CERAWeek. The annual energy conference chaired by Cambridge Energy Research Associates co-founder Daniel Yergin features a sort of who’s-who for the energy industry meeting and discussing a variety of energy-related topics. This year, those topics include Russia’s energy future and adapting to the “new energy era.” Attendees include […]

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How Dangerous is Lead in Houston School Drinking Water?

Posted on · Environment Texas, an Austin-based environmental advocacy group, recently gave Texas a failing grade on keeping drinking water safe in public school districts. In a report from the group released late last month, they noted that 65 percent of Texas schools tested have measured unsafe levels of lead. And HISD is included in that bunch, having […]

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Political Roundup: Allegations of Wiretapping and Travel Ban No. 2

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. This week we discuss everything from President Trump’s allegations of wiretapping, to Homeland Security executing the president’s second executive order temporarily banning travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, to the Texas Legislature’s first hearing on the so-called Bathroom Bill, We discuss it […]

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Political Roundup, and Lead in School Drinking Water: Wednesday’s Show (March 8, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss everything from President Trump’s allegations of wiretapping, to Homeland Security executing the president’s second executive order temporarily banning travel from six predominantly Muslim countries, to the Texas Legislature’s first hearing on the so-called Bathroom […]