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Speaking Spanish in Houston

Posted on · Houston has as large a Spanish-speaking population as any city in the United States. Larger than most, in fact. As a result, many Houstonians speak both English and Spanish. But some only speak English. And some only speak Spanish. And when they interact, it can be a challenge to communicate. From an English speaking teacher […]

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Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Headlining Annual Henriette Delille Legacy Concert

Posted on · Jazz pianist Joe Sample is headlining the 5th annual Henriette Delille Legacy Concert at the Galveston Opera House tomorrow night. Sample is a founding member of The Jazz Crusaders, and a successful solo artist, composer and arranger. We’ll talk with Sample about his career, hear some of his music, and learn about the Joe Sample Youth […]

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Left Behind in the Economic Boom

Posted on · By most standards, Houston would seem to be booming. Our economy is strong, industry is thriving – particularly oil & gas and health care, but also others. And people are flocking to Houston. last year, Harris County added more residents than any other U.S. county. But not everyone is experiencing the boom. There are still […]

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Program Teaches HS Students About Starting a Business

Posted on · Houston Community College have begun an innovative program, in partnership with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy – or YEA. The program is designed to show students how to start their own business. Two dozen students at Alief’s Taylor High School are participating. They’ll launch some sort of business or social movement this school year. By the […]

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Author Exposes Threat of Nuclear Mishaps

Posted on · You may remember investigative journalist Eric Schlosser as the guy who ruined fast food for you, at least for a time. His book Fast Food Nation was a best-selling exposé of the American food industry, and thanks to him, we all know too well how the chicken nuggets are made. Well, now he’s back to […]

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Poll Details Voters’ Opinions on Upcoming Election

Posted on · KUHF, along with KHOU and Rice University just concluded a poll seeking voters’ opinions on a variety of issues heading into the November election. Poll questions ranged from opinions about the Houston mayor’s race to bond initiatives to renovate the Astrodome and build an inmate processing center, to problems facing the city of Houston.On today’s […]

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Hamlet and the Henrys

Posted on · If it’s feeling especially Elizabethan in Houston these days, you’re not imagining things. In the live theatre world, you can see the Classical Theatre Company’s production of Hamlet right now at the Barnevelder Arts Complex. Or, if you were watching Houston PBS last Friday night, you may have caught a performance of William Shakespeare’s Richard […]

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Foster Home Shortage in Houston

Posted on · According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, in its most recent report to Congress, on the last day of 2011, nationwide, an estimated 407,000 children were in foster care. That represented a four-year low. And yet, for the first time in four years, more children entered foster care over […]

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Skateboarding in Houston

Posted on · The world of skateboarding has changed, well, more than just a little bit in the last 40-50 years. And Texas may be poised to become the center of the skateboarding universe. Next year, the city of Austin will host the X Games – skateboard competitions are featured prominently in those games. Here in Houston, we have […]

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Chili Heads: Inside the Mind of Houston’s Fiery Food Lovers

Posted on · This weekend lovers of spicy food – so called “chili heads” – will converge on the Stafford Centre for the annual Houston Hot Sauce Festival, where spicy food makers from around the country will sell their fiery concoctions. Our own Michael Hagerty is himself a chili head – at least now that he’s learned the […]

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Classical Musician As Beauty Pageant Judge?

Posted on · This weekend, classical violinist Joshua Bell will join the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. It is likely to be a slightly more dignified affair than his last gig, as one of the judges last weekend of the Miss America pageant. Bell and his fellow judges crowned Nina Davuluri, […]