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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 […]

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Inside Writefest with Houston Author Cassandra Rose Clark

Posted on · (Above: Houston writer Cassandra Rose Clarke. Image Courtesy: cassandraroseclarke.com) This week (March 6-12, 2017), Writespace hosts its second annual Writefest, a literary journal festival targeted at emerging writers. Cassandra Rose Clark, a Houston-area novelist known for her young adult and science-fiction works, is one of the Writefest coordinators, and she was recently featured on Dacia […]

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A Houston Entomologist Fields Your Insect Questions

Posted on · (Above: A monarch butterfly. Image Courtesy of Texan by Nature) Dare to step outside of your air-conditioned world, and you’ll find Houston offers a unique ecosystem, filled with interesting, creepy crawly things – insects of all manner of size and shape. Ever see one of our many-legged insect friends and wonder: “Just what is that thing?” We […]

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Answering Your Questions on METRO’s Long-Term Transportation Plan

Posted on · METRO is working on a long-term regional transportation plan that lists off projects it wants to do in the coming years. How will these projects be paid for? That may be up to voters this year. Today, we talk with METRO Chair Carrin Patman about what METRO has in store. And she fields your general questions about METRO […]

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METRO’s Long-Term Plan, and the City Hall Farmers Market: Tuesday’s Show (March 7, 2017)

Posted on · METRO is working on a long-term regional transportation plan that lists off projects it wants to do in the coming years. How will these projects be paid for? That may be up to voters this year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with METRO Chair Carrin Patman about what METRO has in store. And she fields […]

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Rockets Continue Scoring Barrage and Dynamo Open Season By Beating Seattle

Posted on · The Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night (March 4, 2017) 123-108 and are rolling into the season’s second half. The Astros continue spring training. And the Dynamo season got underway with a 2-1 victory over the defending MLS champion Seattle Sounders. We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke of […]

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Trains in Houston — What Are They Hauling and Where are They Going?

Posted on · While a lot of attention has been paid to a proposed high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas, and Houstonians in favor of mass transit expansion often push for additional light rail in town, trains don’t just haul people to and from portions of Greater Houston. In fact, their primary purpose is to haul goods. […]

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From Parking in Rice Village to High-Speed Rail: Checking In on Transportation Projects Around Houston

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we like to check in with News 88.7 beat reporters on developments taking place surrounding the subjects they cover. Today, we talk with News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter about a number of transportation issues, ideas, and projects — including bike trail expansion, the Rice Village parking plan, […]