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Texas Election Survey and Grace Hopper Conference: Thursday’s Show (October 20, 2016)

Posted on · Six weeks ago the Washington Post unveiled a poll on the U.S. presidential race, which found Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton neck and neck in Texas. It was, frankly, hard to believe. No other major poll had shown such a result. So, we brought the paper’s polling manager on to explain the methodology used. Then, we […]

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Mitigating Traffic, The Full Menu, and Hari Kondabolu: Wednesday’s Show (October 19, 2016)

Posted on · There may be no more viscerally frustrating experience about living in Houston then dealing with traffic. It’s the most common theme we hear when we engage in our quarterly Houstonian Pet Peeves discussions. And that’s understandable. We’ve seen huge population increases in Greater Houston in recent years, and our infrastructure hasn’t always kept up – even though we […]

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MBK Task Force, Oil Prices and Bilingual Education: Tuesday’s Show (October 18, 2016)

Posted on · Over the next year, Houston Public Media is engaged in an initiative we’re calling Diverse City. We will examine a wide range of challenges and opportunities facing Greater Houston, a region which often celebrates its place as the most diverse city in America, but still faces many of the challenges we find nationwide in bringing […]

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Campus Carry Revisited: Monday’s Show (October 17, 2016)

Posted on · During this fundraising week, we’re highlighting coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit time and again over the course of the last year, like pensions, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic. Today, we review the long road area college campuses […]

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Big 12 Dreams and Houston’s Changing Neighborhoods: Thursday’s Show (October 13, 2016)

Posted on · The conference structure in NCAA Division I college athletics can be dizzying to try to understand. There are a couple tiers of major conferences. The top tier are the Power 5 conferences. They get more media attention, and more acclaim — and the revenue that comes with it all. Universities want to be part of a […]

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Refugee Resettlement: Thursday’s Show (October 6, 2016)

Posted on · ILast week (Sept. 30, 2016), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott’s statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on […]

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Election Interview With DA Candidate Kim Ogg: Wednesday’s Show (October 5, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we have been devoting time these last few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and have offered you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we conclude […]

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Your Questions for Mayor Sylvester Turner: Friday’s Show (September 30, 2016)

Posted on · Earlier this month (Sept. 14, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced a preliminary plan to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over thirty years. The plan will, among other measures, lower the assumed rate of return on pension investments to seven percent, which Turner says […]

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Energy, Environmental, and Health Policy Challenges in Court: Wednesday’s Show (September 28, 2016)

Posted on · The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2016) heard oral arguments over a case challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is seen by many environmental and industry watchers as one of the most important environmental cases in nearly a decade, as it will decide whether […]

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Candidate Interview With District Attorney Devon Anderson: Tuesday’s Show (September 27, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we’re devoting time to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offering you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Harris County District […]

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Shooting in Southwest Houston: Monday’s Show (September 26, 2016)

Posted on · At least nine people were injured this morning in southwest Houston, when a shooter opened fire along Law Street near the corner of Weslayan and Bissonnet. Police reported the suspect was shot and killed by officers. The people who were shot were transported to area hospitals. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn the latest, […]

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White Oak Music Hall, Death Penalty Study, and IIIZ+: Friday’s Show (September 23, 2016)

Posted on · If you’re a live music fan, you’ve probably heard about White Oak Music Hall – a multi-stage venue that opened on Houston’s Near Northside neighborhood this year. And if you live near the venue, you either think it’s a terrific sign of positive redevelopment, or a noise nuisance that never should’ve been allowed in the […]

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Pensions, Voter ID, and Frost Town: Thursday’s Show (September 22, 2016)

Posted on · On Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2016), the Kinder Institute for Urban Research held a panel discussion on the future of Houston’s pension system. The discussion came just a few days after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced an “historic” pension reform plan. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the mayor’s plan and what hurdles remain […]

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Economic Opportunity and Student Debate Advice: Wednesday’s Show (September 21, 2016)

Posted on · All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn the question towards economic opportunity here in Greater Houston. First, Michael Hagerty talks with Bill Gilmer, Director of […]

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Ed Gonzalez Sheriff Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 20, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we devote time over the next few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offer you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your […]