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Hate Crime Series and Ten Years Since the Smoking Ban: Thursday’s Show (November 17, 2016)

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI this week (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. With that in mind, on this […]

Houston Matters

Honky Tonk Heaven: Film Pays Homage to Legendary Dance Hall The Broken Spoke

Posted on · The Broken Spoke has been called “one of the last true Texas dance halls.” The live music venue in Austin has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 50 years. Filmmaker Sam Wainwright Douglas says “it’s like walking into 1965.” And now, it’s the subject of a documentary called Honky Tonk Heaven: […]

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Disrupt Aging: New Approach for the AARP

Posted on · We hear from JoAnn Jenkins, the first permanent female CEO of AARP. She’s trying to change some Americans’ perceptions about aging. That’s what led to her appearance in some new, spirited commercials for the organization. AARP also took part this season in the fashion reality competition show Project Runway. Jenkins visited Houston last week and […]

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The African-American Community’s Relationship with Law-Enforcement: A Live Houston Matters Town Hall

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we devote our entire hour to exploring the relationship between Greater Houston police and Houston’s black community with a number of guests in front of a live audience at Houston Public Media. Our guests include: Harris County Sheriff-elect Ed Gonzalez Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Michael Dirden […]

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Texans Escape with Road Win Over Jaguars

Posted on · The Houston Texans managed their first road win of the season Sunday (Nov. 13, 2016) in Jacksonville. But their 24-21 victory over the Jaguars may have been closer than it really should have been. Meanwhile, Jose Altuve has won his third straight Silver Slugger award – Louisville Slugger’s award for best offensive 2nd baseman. He’s the first Astro […]

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The Benefits of Canned Pumpkin in Your Pet’s Diet and Finding Behavioral Training: Answers to Your Petcare Questions

Posted on · What are the benefits of adopting a senior pet? How does canned pumpkin help pets with dietary issues? And where should a dog owner go to get behavior training for a newly aggressive canine? Dr. Lori Teller, a veterinarian from the Meyerland Animal Clinic, fields those questions and others about the care and feeding of your […]

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SpaceCom Convention Brings Terrestrial and Aerospace Industries Together

Posted on · SpaceCom, a “space commerce” conference and expo takes place in Houston this week (Nov. 15-17, 2016) at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Organizers tout it as an opportunity to “highlight the intersection points between terrestrial industries and the aerospace community.” What are those intersections? We ask Clay Dillow, who’s reporting on the SpaceCom convention […]

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The Task of Tracking Hate Groups and Hates Crimes in Texas

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI today (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. It’s even led President-elect Donald Trump, […]

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Hate Crimes, SpaceCom and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (November 14, 2016)

Posted on · The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI today (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. And, according to the Southern Poverty […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Trump’s Slim Win in Texas and Recapture Rejected: The Good, Bad and Ugly of This Week’s 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. On this edition, we discuss the […]

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Happy Friday, and the Good the Bad and the Ugly: Friday’s Show (November 11, 2016)

Posted on · 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 your friends or family, about that […]

Houston Matters

Houston Based Rapper Z-Ro Asks Law Enforcement and the African-American Community to Be Accountable

Posted on · After the shootings of law enforcement officers in Dallas last July (July 7, 2016), Houston-based rapper Joseph Wayne McVey — better known by his stage name Z-Ro — was inspired to write a song called No Justice No Peace. Despite what it might sound like, the rapper calls not only for more police accountability, but also […]

Houston Matters

A Closer Look at Election 2016 Results

Posted on · Houston Matters host Craig Cohen and University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus discuss the results of Tuesday’s election, both nationally and locally. Among the topics discussed: the Presidential race, Congress, voter turnout, voter ID, Harris County Sheriff and District Attorney election results, HISD’s Proposition 1 (recapture), a few compelling state house races, and the […]