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The Future of Solar Power in Houston

Posted on · The City of Houston recently announced an expansion in renewable energy. The city agreed to purchase an additional 20 megawatts of solar power. Over the next couple of weeks, Houston Matters will devote part of our show talking about the various forms of energy in Greater Houston and across Texas. Today, we examine solar energy with Dr. […]

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New Planet Discovery Prompts Questions About Life on Other Planets

Posted on · (Above: This artist’s rendering depicts the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, based on available data about their diameters, masses and distances from the host star. The cool, reddish star is about 40 light-years away from Earth. Image Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Here in Space City, we talk a lot about what’s next in space travel and the role we […]

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New Planets Discovered, and an Expansion in Renewable Energy: Thursday’s Show (March 2, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: This artist’s rendering depicts the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, based on available data about their diameters, masses and distances from the host star. The cool, reddish star is about 40 light-years awayfrom Earth. Image Courtesy: NASA/JPL-Caltech) Here in Space City, we talk a lot about what’s next in space travel and the role we may […]

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Westerns as Morality Plays: High Noon and the Hollywood Blacklist

Posted on · (Above: Gary Cooper in a scene from the 1952 Western “High Noon.”) Tonight (March 1, 2017) at 7 at Brazos Bookstore, journalist Glenn Frankel will discuss his new book, called High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic.  The book is about the classic Hollywood western High Noon, which, of course, stars Gary […]

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Political Roundup: Analysis of President Trump’s Address to Congress

Posted on · For the first time, President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night (Feb. 28, 2017). Plus the Texas Legislature continued into its eighth week. We convene our weekly political roundup to discuss those and other political stories happening at the national, state and local levels. Joining us to offer their analysis this […]

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Political Roundup, and the Best Places to Watch Sports in Houston: Wednesday’s Show (March 1, 2017)

Posted on · For the first time, President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night (Feb. 28, 2017). Plus the Texas Legislature continued into its eighth week. On this edition of Houston Matters, we convene our weekly political roundup to discuss the those and other political stories happening at the national, state and local level. […]

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Proposed Bill Would Fund Full-Day Pre-K for Qualifying School Districts

Posted on · State Rep. Eric Johnson recently filed a bill that would fund full-day pre-K for qualifying school districts through the existing school finance formula. So, we revisit a conversation from Feb. 2015 about the benefits of full-day pre-K. In February of 2015, Dr. Susan Landry, founder and director of the Children’s Learning Institute at UTHealth, talked […]

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Houston’s Benefits Policy for Same-Sex Couples Goes to the Texas Supreme Court

Posted on · Tomorrow (March 1, 2017), the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Pidgeon v. Turner, a Houston case challenging the city’s benefits policy for married same-sex couples. The court had previously declined to take up the case, but Texas Republicans urged the Texas court to reconsider. We talk about the case and what implications […]

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Same-Sex Benefits Case, and Full Day Pre-K: Tuesday’s Show (Feb. 28, 2017)

Posted on · Tomorrow (March 1, 2017), the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Pidgeon v. Turner, a Houston case challenging the city’s benefits policy for married same-sex couples. The court had previously declined to take up the case, but Texas Republicans urged the Texas court to reconsider. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk […]

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UHD Students Helps Former Inmates Transition Back into Society

Posted on · A program out of the University of Houston-Downtown’s Criminal Justice program trains and deploys students to help former inmates transition back into society. We talk with Shaun Sanchez and Bianca Serna, a couple of the students who’ll work with returning citizens. (Above: L-R UHD students  Shaun Sanchez and Bianca Serna. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)

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A Closer Look at Decriminalizing Low-Level Marijuana Possession in Houston

Posted on · (Above: District Attorney Kim Ogg (center) announced the marijuana diversion program during a press conference held at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center on Feb. 16, 2017, where she was accompanied by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, among others Photo: Al Ortiz, Houston Public Media) Feb. 17, the city of Houston […]

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Should the Plan to Repurpose the Astrodome Be Put Up for a Vote?

Posted on · Earlier this month (Feb. 14, 2017), Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county’s putting on hold a comprehensive study of facilities at the NRG complex, including NRG Stadium, NRG Arena, and – yep – the Astrodome. Why? Because state lawmakers may take up a bill this session that would require Harris County voters to approve […]

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Voting on the Astrodome Plan, and Houston’s New Drug Policy: Monday’s Show (Feb. 27, 2017)

Posted on · Earlier this month (Feb. 14, 2017), Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said the county’s putting on hold a comprehensive study of facilities at the NRG complex, including NRG Stadium, NRG Arena, and – yep – the Astrodome. Why? Because state lawmakers may take up a bill this session that would require Harris County voters to approve […]