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Mercury Celebrates Holiday Season With “A Mexican Baroque Christmas”

Posted on · When you think of traditional holiday music, you might not think of Mexico. But the local chamber ensemble Mercury will highlight the sacred sounds of 17th-century Mexico with performances of A Mexican Baroque Christmas through Dec. 3. It’s part of the ensemble’s Neighborhood Concert Series. To learn more about the program – and to hear […]

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How Can Houston Suburbs Improve?

Posted on · A new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research examines ways Houston suburbs can improve. The study is based on five case studies of Houston suburbs, including Sugar Land and The Woodlands. Kyle Shelton, the man behind the research, joins us to discuss how our idea of suburbs has changed over time and […]

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What’s Next for the State’s Foster Care System?

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]

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Uncovered: Houston Author Leah Lax Discusses Leaving the Hasidic Faith

Posted on · Houston writer Leah Lax has led an unconventional life. It includes nearly three decades as a Hasidic Jew in an arranged marriage she entered into when she was only 19. She and her husband moved to Houston, where she settled and became the mother of seven children. Over time, she had an awakening of sorts and rejected […]

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Where is the Affordable Housing for the Rest of Us?

Posted on · At the beginning of this month, Houston Business Journal reporter Paul Takahashi wrote that Houston has the fifth-largest number of affluent renters nationally. And while that might seem high, it’s actually just 4.4 percent of all renters in Houston. More than 50 percent of Houston housing consumers are in the middle- to lower-income market, making […]

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Local Researcher Continues Work on HIV-Prevention Drug

Posted on · For the past decade, a local researcher has been working on a drug to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, is an associate professor of nanomedicine at Houston Methodist. His research involves using a refillable implant that administers drugs to subjects at risk of HIV exposure. He’s developed a prototype, and his […]

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HIV Prevention Drug, and Affordable Housing for the Rest of Us: Tuesday’s Show (November, 29 2016)

Posted on · For the past decade, a local researcher has been working on a drug to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, is an associate professor of nanomedicine at Houston Methodist. His research involves using a refillable implant that administers drugs to subjects at risk of HIV exposure. He’s developed a prototype, and his research […]

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UH to UT: Tom Herman Headed to Texas

Posted on · University of Houston coach Tom Herman is leaving the Cougars to take the helm at the University of Texas. And the Texans lost at home to the San Diego Chargers Sunday 21-13. We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke of Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.

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Is a Liberal Arts Education Still Relevant in Today’s Economy?

Posted on · Once upon a time, if you got a college degree you could feel pretty confident you’d get a job somewhere doing something. But times have changed. Lately we’ve heard about the need for more technical degrees or vocational training to meet the nation’s workforce needs. In that climate, how do you justify getting a liberal […]

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Improving the Often-Excruciating Last Mile of Your Commute

Posted on · You might’ve heard the term “the last mile” in different contexts. In the transportation planning world, it refers to that beginning or ending connection a commuter has to make to get to their destination. Whether that’s starting up your car for home after exiting the Park and Ride station or hoping off your bike to […]

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Houstonian Lorenzo Martinez Recalls Escaping Cuba As a Child

Posted on · With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he wasn’t alone. More than 14,000 kids […]

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Escaping Cuba, and the Last Mile of Your Commute: Monday’s Show (November, 28 2016)

Posted on · With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time on this edition of Houston Matters to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he […]

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Conversations We’re Thankful For: Tuesday’s Show (November 22, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s show we’re doing a sort of not-so-secret Santa. Members of the Houston Matters team drew each other’s names at random, and, throughout this hour, they’ll present examples of another producer’s work that they’re thankful for. To get things started, Michael Hagerty selected a recent conversation between Paige Phelps and Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the […]

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What’s Next For Mexican-American Studies in Texas

Posted on · Last Friday the Texas State Board of Education unanimously rejected a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook that would have been used in public schools. The book, titled Mexican American Heritage, received a lot of criticism from academics and activists who argued the book was rife with many inaccuracies and stereotypes. But how was the decision made and what is there to expect moving forward?

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Texans Recap, James Harden Getting Overlooked and Astros Make Some Moves

Posted on · The Houston Texans will face the Oakland Raiders in Mexico City Monday night. The UH Cougars beat up on Louisville 36-10 on Thursday, James Harden’s stellar play is getting overlooked, and the Astros made a couple off-season acquisitions. We discuss developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine. […]