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What Are the Economic Opportunities in Greater Houston?

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 […]

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Festival Looks Back at Galveston History

Posted on · The second annual Galveston Heritage Festival will be held on August 6th. The event will focus on the culture, groups and people that first immigrated through Galveston in the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s. We learn more from Dwayne Jones, Executive Director of the Galveston Historical Foundation.

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A Closer Look at Voter Attitudes and Habits in 2016 Election

Posted on · Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media This presidential election cycle has blown up much of the conventional wisdom out there about voter attitudes and habits. Many respected experts were slow to catch onto the appeal of “outsider” campaigns led by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. We discuss what political scientists got right and wrong about […]

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Could Houston Make a Successful Break from Texas?

Posted on · The recent “Brexit” – Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – has led to conjecture about a lot of things, from the long-term international economic impact of the move, to what it might signal about U.S. trade policy, to somewhat less serious musings, like Ken Hoffman’s recent column in the Houston Chronicle, which […]

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Recovering Addicts Use Comedy and Personal Stories To Connect

Posted on · In the world of stand-up comedy, there are some standard approaches to what to bring out on stage: some stand-ups offer universal observational humor. Others are more overtly political. And then there are those who focus on more personal moments in their lives that they think may resonate with audiences. While Mark Lundholm and Kurtis […]

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Why Do Corporations Sue Appraisal Districts?

Posted on · The Harris County Appraisal District got in a tussle recently with Exxon Mobil over property taxes at their Spring Campus. HCAD put a valuation of about one billion dollars on the property, but Exxon feels that's not an accurate reflection of their value. Such disputes are not unusual. The larger the corporation, the more property […]

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What Would Municipal IDs Mean for Houston Residents?

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he's reviewing the possibility the city may create a municipal ID. Municipal IDs are identification cards issued by cities or municipalities, used for a variety of reasons – some good, and some bad, depending on your point of view. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about municipal […]

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Preview of Upcoming GOP and Democratic National Conventions

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia later this month. On this edition of Houston Matters, we preview the conventions, and discuss other developments in politics with potential impact for Houston and Texas, with News 88.7 FM’s politics and government reporter […]

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He Passed One of the World’s Hardest Exams: Meet Houston’s Newest Master Sommelier

Posted on · It’s been called one of the world’s hardest exams. That is, to become a Master Sommelier. It’s the highest distinction a professional can attain in fine wine and beverage service. David Keck, general manager and wine director at Camerata at Paulie’s, recently earned that distinction. He tells Maggie Martin how he came to be so […]

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What Will HCC Do With 350+ Acres of Undeveloped Property?

Posted on · About a year ago, The Houston Chronicle began an investigation into unused properties owned by Houston Community College. The newspaper found HCC owned more than 350 acres of undeveloped property and redirected millions of dollars in bond money in recent years to buy multiple tracts. Maggie Martin sat down with the paper’s higher education reporter, […]

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Storm Stories and Songs

Posted on · Last week, a collaboration between the Houston Grand Opera and the Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife and Traditional Arts program brought Houstonians to Rudyard’s English Pub in Montrose to share their storm stories and songs. In a piece produced by Amy Bishop and Paige Phelps, we hear some of the stories recalling experiences during major storms […]

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Former Mayor Annise Parker Looks Back

Posted on · After a semester at Harvard, former Houston Mayor Annise Parker has returned to town to join the faculty at Rice. A few months – and 1800 miles – can offer anyone some perspective. Now that she's back, we ask Parker to review her six years as Mayor.

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Teacher Evaluations Back in Spotlight

Posted on · Last month, the Association of Professional Educators announced a petition to challenge the state's planned updated appraisal system tying teacher evaluation scores to student performance on standardized tests. That announcement followed a lawsuit brought by the Texas State Teachers Association, seeking to invalidate part of the new evaluation system being planned by Texas Education Commissioner […]