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What New Exhibits and Changes are in Store for the Houston Zoo?

Posted on · The Houston Zoo has about 6,000 animals of more than 800 species. For the past nine years, the zoo has been breaking its attendance records. For example, last year the zoo set its newest all-time high for attendance at some 2.55 million visitors. Of all the zoos in the country that charge admission, it has the second-highest […]

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The Fate of Oil and Natural Gas in Houston’s Energy Future

Posted on · We’ve been devoting time in recent weeks to talking about the various sources of energy in Greater Houston and across Texas. In previous weeks, we’ve talked about the future of energy from wind, solar, coal and nuclear. On today’s show, we examine the state of oil and natural gas. We talk with Regina Mayor, KPMG Global Sector Head, and […]

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How Did MD Anderson End Up in Financial Trouble and How to Turn Things Around?

Posted on · (Above: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) On Tuesday (March 21, 2017), Dr. Marshall E. Hicks took over as the interim president of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center after the resignation of its former president, Dr. Ronald DePinho. Despite currently being ranked as the nation’s top cancer treatment hospital […]

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Righting the Ship at MD Anderson, and Slam Poetry: Thursday’s Show (March 23, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan) On Tuesday (March 21, 2017), Dr. Marshall E. Hicks took over as the interim president of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center after the resignation of its former president, Dr. Ronald DePinho. Despite currently being ranked as the nation’s top cancer treatment hospital […]

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Local Analysis of the Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing: Wednesday’s Show (March 22, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)The confirmation hearing for Judge Neil Gorsuch continues today in Washington. Houston Public Media is continuing live coverage from NPR on News 88.7 and online. During the brief lunch break on Capitol Hill, Houston […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Texting and Driving Ban and Buc-ee’s Trademark Fight: The Good, Bad, and 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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NPR’s Ari Shapiro on What Journalism Has in Common with Singing in Pink Martini

Posted on · (Above: NPR’s Ari Shapiro. Photo: Abner Fletcher, Houston Public Media) You know NPR’s Ari Shapiro as one of the hosts of All Things Considered, weekday afternoons on News 88.7. But he’s showing Houston another side this weekend, as a featured vocalist with the band Pink Martini, in performance with the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall tonight through […]

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Your Property Tax Questions Answered

Posted on · There’s a series of free workshops to help homeowners identify and apply for property tax exemptions. The free homestead exemption workshops will be held in Acres Homes, the Near Northside, and the Second and Third Wards. These are communities identified in the tax rolls as having large numbers of homeowners who potentially qualify for homestead […]

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Should Texans Have to Opt In or Opt Out of Organ Donation?

Posted on · A bill (HB 1938) recently filed by State Representative Jason Villalba of Dallas would automatically make Texans organ donors — unless they opt out. The bill would apply to first-time driver’s license applicants and renewals who are 18 and over. Unless they specifically opt out on the form, citizens would automatically be added to organ […]

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Organ Donation Bill, and NPR’s Ari Shapiro: Friday’s Show (March 17, 2017)

Posted on · A bill (HB 1938) recently filed by State Representative Jason Villalba of Dallas would automatically make Texans organ donors — unless they opt out. The bill would apply to first-time driver’s license applicants and renewals who are 18 and over. Unless they specifically opt out on the form, citizens would automatically be added to organ […]

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Richard Russo Revisits Fictional Blue-Collar New York Town in ‘Everybody’s Fool’

Posted on · Author Richard Russo is known for his novels, such as Empire Falls, which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2002. His third novel, Nobody’s Fool (1993), took place in North Bath, N.Y., a blue-collar, Rust Belt town. But Russo just couldn’t stay away from North Bath and its citizens and denizens. And so, decades […]

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Nuclear Power in Texas: The Challenges, Risks and Potential

Posted on · We’ve been devoting time in recent weeks to talking about the various sources of energy in Greater Houston and across Texas. In previous weeks, we’ve talked about the future of energy from wind, solar and coal. On today’s show, we examine nuclear energy with Charles McConnell, executive director of the Energy and Environment Initiative at Rice University, and Alex […]

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What’s Causing the Upsurge in Anti-Semitism in Houston and Across the Nation?

Posted on · (Above: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. Photo: Wikipedia Commons) On Sunday (March 12, 2017), the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston was evacuated for the second time in less than a month after receiving a bomb threat. JCCs and other Jewish organizations nationwide have received more than 150 such bomb threats since […]

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Anti-Semitism in Houston, and the Future of Nuclear Power in Texas: Thursday’s Show (March 16, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. Photo: Wikipedia Commons) On Sunday (March 12, 2017), the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston was evacuated for the second time in less than a month after receiving another bomb threat. JCCs and other Jewish organizations nationwide have received more than 150 such bomb threats since […]

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A Conversation with Musician Ben Folds

Posted on · On Thursday night (March 16, 2017), singer and pianist Ben Folds performs with the Houston Symphony. Folds will perform his acclaimed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra along with some orchestral arrangements of his hits and pieces from his latest album So There. Craig Cohen talks with Folds about his music and his performance with the symphony.