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Safety in Houston, the Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Xanadu on Stage: Houston Matters for Friday June 20, 2014

How do you determine where Houston is a safe place to live, work or walk around? A 2013 poll conducted by Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index said that 63 percent of Houstonians feel safe. That’s lower than the national average of 72 percent. And according to the Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey, crime as a number […]

How do you determine where Houston is a safe place to live, work or walk around? A 2013 poll conducted by Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index said that 63 percent of Houstonians feel safe. That’s lower than the national average of 72 percent. And according to the Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey, crime as a number one concern rose by 7 pecent from 2012 to 2013.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the notion of safety in Houston, as we talk with Rania Mankarious, Executive Director of Crime Stoppers of Houston. We also explore what motivates our perception of safety with behavioral psychologist Michael Winters.

Also this hour: from firefighters rejecting a new contract, to Tom DeLay’s latest day in court, to scientists tracking a great white shark headed our way, we explore “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in this week’s news with Texas Originals Producer Paul Pendergraft, Houston comedian Ty Mahany, and Fred Goodall, author of the parenting blog Mochadad.com.

Plus: While the movie Xanadu was almost universally panned when it came out back in 1980, it’s gained a second life on the stage. Houston Public Media’s St. John Flynn will talk with the cast of a current production of Xanadu at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer...

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