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Why Should Audiences Attend a Reading of a Play? The Alley’s All New Festival Has the Answer

Posted on · The Alley Theatre’s All New Festival aims to highlight new theatrical works. The event, which runs Feb. 2-12, 2017, includes a combination of readings and workshop performances of five new theatrical works. Playwrights involved in the festival include Cyrpess native Robert Askins, Bekah Brunstetter, Christina Gorman, Rajiv Joseph and Kenneth Lin. Plus there’s a world premiere of Syncing Ink, […]

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Med Center Helps Australian Medical Startups Get Off the Ground

Posted on · For several years now, The Texas Medical Center has had a program called TMCx. It’s an accelerator to help medical startups get off the ground. And now that program has established a special pipeline for Australian startups to come to Houston for that accelerator program. They call it an international “BioBridge.” Michael Hagerty talked with […]

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Three Moms with Sons in the NFL on Raising Successful Men

Posted on · In the 1980s, Willowridge High School in Fort Bend County was known for its successful football program, which yielded several successful NFL players. During the 1982-1983 season, NFL Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas led the football team to the Texas Class 4A state championship. In 1986, Charles Arbuckle also graduated from Willowridge and went on to have a […]

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Will Houston Be a Test Market for Driverless Cars?

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation named Texas as one of ten regions where the agency will test automated vehicle technology. The federal agency says the state’s booming population and economy make it an ideal test site for automated and connected vehicle technology. We discuss this initiative, the latest research and testing of driverless cars, […]

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Texas’ Role in Developing Automated Vehicles: Thursday’s Show (February 2, 2017)

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation named Texas as one of ten regions where the agency will test automated vehicle technology. The federal agency says the state’s booming population and economy make it an ideal test site for automated and connected vehicle technology. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss this initiative, the latest […]

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Road Kill: Texas Horror By Texas Writers

Posted on · Brazos Bookstore recently hosted some Texas authors whose writing is part of a collection of horror stories from across the state. Road Kill: Texas Horror by Texas Writers features tales from more than a dozen authors, with topics ranging from a body farm to the Grim Reaper. Texas author E.R. Bills is co-editor of the anthology. He […]

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Political Roundup: Analyzing Gov. Abbott’s State of the State Address

Posted on · With national political stories dominating the news as of late, it’s easy to forget there’s a lot going on in state politics too. On Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2017), Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his State of the State address and the new legislative session entered its fourth week. We talk about what’s happening in state and […]

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Chief Art Acevedo Discusses Security During Super Bowl Weekend

Posted on · Maybe you’ve heard — there’s some sort of big event happening this weekend in Houston. Super Bowl 51 is bringing countless visitors, celebrities and dignitaries to Greater Houston as the city takes center stage of the sports world. With that attention comes greater safety concerns. So how do we keep Houston safe during these intense […]

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Super Bowl Security and Political Roundup: Wednesday’s Show (February 1, 2017)

Posted on · Maybe you’ve heard — there’s some sort of big event happening this weekend in Houston. Super Bowl 51 is bringing countless visitors, celebrities and dignitaries to Greater Houston as the city takes center stage of the sports world. With that attention comes greater safety concerns. So how do we keep Houston safe during these intense […]

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A Conversation with New Theatre Under the Stars Director Hillary Hart

Posted on · Back in December (2016), Theatre Under the Stars announced the appointment of the nonprofit musical theater company’s new executive director, Hillary Hart. She’s the former general manager of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. She’s also held leadership positions at Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina and the Dallas Theater Center. Ernie Manouse talks with Hart about what she […]

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Former Astronaut Leland Melvin Talks Football and STEM Education

Posted on · Leland Melvin has an impressive resume: astronaut, engineer, football player and TV host. He’s flown on two space shuttle missions, was drafted by the Detroit Lions, and hosted a show on the Lifetime network called Child Genius. But he might be best known for his 2009 NASA portrait, where he appeared in his orange space […]

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How Emerging Technology is Changing the Way We Experience Sports

Posted on · We’re just days away from Houston being the focus of the sports world when, of course, the city hosts Super Bowl 51. So it’s fitting that on Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2017) the University of Houston hosts a summit on sports and media. Leaders in the sports communication industry will converge to discuss how new and […]

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How Much Money Will Super Bowl 51 Bring to the Houston Economy?

Posted on · A new study commissioned by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee says Super Bowl 51 will bring in $350 million for the city. We talk with Ken McGill, managing director of Rockport Analytics, the research firm behind the study, about how they calculated that amount, where the money is going, and what the Super Bowl means […]

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Economic Impact of the Super Bowl: Tuesday’s Show (January 31, 2017)

Posted on · A new study commissioned by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee says Super Bowl 51 will bring in $350 million for the city. We talk with Ken McGill, managing director of Rockport Analytics, the research firm behind the study, about how they calculated that amount, where the money is going, and what the Super Bowl means […]

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Super Bowl Match Up: Did the Best Two Tames Make It?

Posted on · We’re less than a week away from the big game, as the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots prepare to face off in Super Bowl 51. We preview the game, check in on the Houston Rockets and talk about historical landmark status for the Astrodome with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia […]