On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider how much perceptions of Houston – here, across the state and nationwide — are influenced by the political opinions of the observer. We contemplate whether we reflect the image of the rest of Texas, or merely lack a clearer, non-political image of Greater Houston independent of the rest of Texas?
And do our most prominent nationally-known politicians – former Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz – reflect to the rest of the country what we want to get across about who we are? Do they skew others' perceptions of what Houstonians – and Texans – are about?
Then: Houston mom Anne Garcia learned her infant daughter had a critical congenital heart defect. The experience led Garcia to create OpHeart. It's a non-profit focused on giving doctors access to 3D printed models of patients' hearts as a pre-operative tool. Garcia tells Houston Matters' Maggie Martin about where her mission's journey began.
Plus: What do mega churches, potholes and Houston Matters producer Edel Howlin have in common? We find out.