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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 […]

News

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. […]

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Before You’re Thankful, Get Some Pre-Thanksgiving Pet Peeves Off Your Chest

Posted on · Every few 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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It’s Final: Texas Rejects Mexican-American Studies Textbook

Posted on · On Friday (Nov. 18, 2016), 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. We learn more about […]

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Mexican American Studies Textbook Vote, and Pet Peeves: Monday’s Show (November, 21 2016)

Posted on · On Friday (Nov. 18, 2016), 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. On today’s show, […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Uber Agreement and High School Concussions: The Good, Bad and Ugly of the 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. This week, our panel weighs in on […]

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Diane Rehm Discusses Husband’s Death and Her Stance on Assisted Suicide

Posted on · Since the 1970s, Diane Rehm has hosted a public radio talk program from WAMU in Washington. Today, The Diane Rehm Show reaches 2.4 million listeners each week on more than 200 NPR member stations, including News 88.7. In February 2016, Rehm visited Houston as part of a tour promoting her new memoir On My Own, in […]

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African American-Owned Banks, and The Good, Bad and the Ugly: Friday’s Show (November 18, 2016)

Posted on · Black-owned banks have been in the news this year. It started when a rapper who goes by the name “Killer Mike” called on people to open accounts at a bank in Atlanta after police shootings of African-American men. There is only one black-owned bank in Texas, and it’s Unity National Bank in Houston’s Third Ward. CEO […]