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How Can Houston Better Protect the Freedmen’s Town Bricks?

Posted on · For the second time, the Freedmen’s Town bricks were ripped up by city contractors, despite explicit instructions from the city not to disturb the bricks.So why does this keeping happening? What can the neighborhood do to preserve what’s left of these bricks? What more can the city do, when Mayor Sylvester Turner has already stated […]

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Freedmen’s Town Bricks, and East End Development: Tuesday’s Show (January 24, 2017)

Posted on · For the second time, the Freedmen’s Town bricks were ripped up by city contractors, despite explicit instructions from the city not to disturb the bricks. So why does this keeping happening? What can the neighborhood do to preserve what’s left of these bricks? What more can the city do, when Mayor Sylvester Turner has already […]

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Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

Posted on · In 1931, officials at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville started a rodeo for inmates. Intended simply as entertainment for prisoners and employees, it eventually grew to become the largest sporting event in the state of Texas, drawing crowds as large as a hundred thousand in some years. A book called Convict Cowboys: The Untold History […]

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Houston Pet Peeves, and Convict Cowboys: Monday’s Show (January 23, 2017)

Posted on · Every couple months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in […]

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Astros Great Jeff Bagwell Voted Into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted on · Craig Biggio will soon have company in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His longtime teammate, Jeff Bagwell, has been voted in by the Baseball Writers of America. To discuss Bagwell’s legacy as a player and Astro, we check in with one of the Hall of Fame voters, Jose de Jesus Ortiz. He was the Astros […]

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Political Roundup: Legislature Begins and Ken Paxton’s Trial Date Set

Posted on · The Texas Legislature is back in session. Donald Trump held his first press conference as President-elect. And a date has been set for the criminal trial of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. We check in on those and other developments in the world of politics with Andrew Schneider, politics and government reporter for News 88.7.

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A Nation Engaged: What Should President Trump Know About Houston?

Posted on · President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office on Friday (Jan. 20, 2017). We’re asking you to share what you want President Trump to know about Houston. It’s part of NPR’s A Nation Engaged project. You can share your ideas now on Facebook and Twitter @HoustonMatters. In this segment, we hear you what you want […]

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Flooding Updates from Around Greater Houston: Wednesday’s Show (January 18, 2017)

Posted on · Sustained heavy rains have brought flooding to many areas of Greater Houston today. On Wednesday’s edition of Houston Matters, we’ll bring you the latest on road conditions, weather conditions and emergency response across the region from News 88.7 and local officials. For the latest, follow News 88.7, Transtar and Harris County Office of Homeland Security and […]

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We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program

Posted on · In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order prohibiting government contractors from discriminating on the basis of race. Among the many organizations this affected was the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which was embroiled in a harried space race against the Russians. And while it would be another two decades before […]

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Protecting Houston From Storm Surge and Flooding

Posted on · On Wednesday (Jan. 18, 2017), officials will gather to discuss protecting Houston from flooding and storm surge at a symposium at the George R. Brown Convention Center. We get a preview from some of the panelists: Stephen Costello, the City of Houston’s Flood Czar, and Mary Anne Piacentini, executive director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

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Law Aims to Speed Up Study of the ‘Ike Dike’

Posted on · You’re probably familiar with the idea of the so-called “Ike Dike,” a proposed barrier to protect the Texas coast from storm surge in events like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the idea and should have its findings ready by June of 2018. But a recently passed federal law aims […]