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Sports Monday: Olympics, Rockets & Coming Out in the NFL

Posted on · CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower joins us, as he does most Mondays, to discuss the week in sports. We’ll check in on the Rockets, the Winter Olympics so far and the Astros designating Brett Wallace for assignment. Plus: Michael Sam, an NFL draft prospect, announced he’s gay. We’ll talk about what it could mean […]

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Initiative Encourages Houstonians to Lose a Million Pounds

Posted on · We learn about the Million Pound Challenge, an initiative by Shape Up Houston to encourage Greater Houston to collectively lose a million pounds. The hope is to encourage a healthier Houston and to lessen the public health and economic burdens it could create in the future.

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Figure Skating Is Still a Big Sport, Even in Balmy Houston

Posted on · The 2014 Winter Olympics are now underway in Sochi, Russia. Because of our warm weather climate, you wouldn’t automatically think of Houstonians engaging in winter sports. But a number of clubs here in the Bayou City are dedicated to pursuing some of the more popular events taking place at this year’s winter games. In the […]

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What’s Really Going on Inside the Brain of an Addict?

Posted on · The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has once again raised the specter of addiction. It’s a topic often discussed, but not always well understood. More and more, medical professionals are recognizing addiction as a medical condition. They explain how drugs and alcohol can affect the chemistry in our brains, and how some of […]

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Choreographer Carolyn Dorfman Discusses Houston Performances

Posted on · For more than 30 years, the critically acclaimed Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company has performed high energy contemporary dance. The company performs this week at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center as part of ERJCC’s Dance Month. Catherine Lu of Houston Public Media’s arts and culture unit sat down with Carolyn Dorfman to discuss this weekend’s […]

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Airport Traffic & Not-So-Snowy Snow Days: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Passenger increases at Houston’s airports; efforts to spur trade between Houston and South Africa; make-up days scheduled for Houston students who received “snow days” when it didn’t snow; and a study underway examining the health benefits of walking to and from new Houston transit stops: It’s The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston […]

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Why Are Texas Diabetes Numbers Higher Than Nationally?

Posted on · It's hard to know for sure just how many Americans are diabetic – that's because millions of us don't know that we are. Various sources suggest anywhere from 22 to 26 million Americans have diabetes. The National Diabetes Education Program pegs the number at just shy of 26 million diabetics; 15.8 million who have been […]

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Five HISD Schools Would Close if New Proposal Passes

Posted on · Citing demographic changes, the Houston Independent School District is proposing the closure or repurposing of five schools within the district by the end of the school year. The proposed closures are to: Dodson, Nathaniel Q. Henderson and Port Houston elementary schools, Fleming Middle School and Jones High School. Billy Reagan K-8 would be re-zoned because […]

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Waking Up in India With No Idea Who You Are Or How You Got There

Posted on · In October of 2002, 28-year-old David MacLean found himself at a train station in India with no idea of who he was or why he was there. After a series of medical tests, MacLean would learn that his episode of amnesia was caused by an antimalarial drug, called Lariam. These are just a few discoveries […]

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Online University Aims to Bring College to More People

Posted on · Back in 1996 a group of bipartisan western governors got together and wanted to figure out how to use technology to bring post-secondary education to a larger number of people. The hope was to make it efficient, affordable and easily accessible — which meant it had to be online. Out of this meeting, a non-profit […]

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Are Allergies and Asthma Worse in Houston?

Posted on · Taking a deep breath may seem like a good idea sometimes. But when it comes to allergy season and asthma — forget it! Like most of the country, Houston has distinctive allergy seasons. Sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. But with a humid climate and air pollution, it may seem like allergies are a problem […]

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Allergies & Asthma, A New Approach to Online Educ. & Recovering from Amnesia: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 4, 2014

Posted on · Taking a deep breath may seem like a good idea sometimes. But when it comes to allergy season and asthma — forget it! Like most of the country, Houston has distinctive allergy seasons. Sometimes they’re shorter, sometimes they’re longer. But with a humid climate and air pollution, it may seem like allergies are a problem […]

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After School Program Teaches Houston Youth to Make and Build

Posted on · We learn about Workshop Houston, an after-school program that gives middle and high school kids creative, technical and educational resources. The kids work on all kinds of projects, including: recording their own music, making music videos, building their own bikes, painting and making sculptures.

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Houston Hosts Mardi Gras Festivities for Katrina Evacuees

Posted on · For the first time Houston is hosting its own Mardi Gras in the form of the Houston Creole Festival and Mardi Gras Parade. Before you natives of New Orleans get upset about yet another Mardi Gras festival that is not THE Mardi Gras on Bourbon street, this one is being organized specifically for Katrina evacuees […]