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Gang Safety Zones and Muscles in Space: Friday’s Show (May 6, 2016)

In 2012, Harris County began establishing “gang safety zones,” areas where — through court-issued restraining orders — selected gang members are kept from congregating. The newest such zone in Southlawn is seen by law enforcement as another piece in the city’s gang suppression strategy. It’s viewed by defense attorneys and some civil rights activists as […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media

In 2012, Harris County began establishing “gang safety zones,” areas where — through court-issued restraining orders — selected gang members are kept from congregating. The newest such zone in Southlawn is seen by law enforcement as another piece in the city’s gang suppression strategy. It’s viewed by defense attorneys and some civil rights activists as unjust, antiquated, and a breach of civil rights.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about these gang injunction zones. We talk with attorney and certified mediator Jen Gaut from The Sparks Law Firm.

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Examining Muscle Strength in Space

NASA wants to measure astronauts’ loss of muscle strength during extended space flight, in advance of a mission to Mars. The agency awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Houston's Department of Health and Human Performance to carry out the research. We talk with the department’s Mitzi Laughlin about what she and other researchers hope to examine and learn.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all. Today Kyrie O'Connor, Wayne Ashley and Russ Capper discuss the possibility of the proposed high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas including a stop downtown, a University of Houston student artist’s gun-themed work displayed without the gun, and suspicion by municipalities over CenterPoint Energy’s request to charge customers to cover an additional $60 million in costs to deliver power to the region.

Special Election Primer

There’s an election Saturday for some Houstonians. Yes, really. Michael Hagerty explains why.

The Other Side of Walt Whitman

A long-forgotten 47,000-word essay by Walt Whitman, published under a pseudonym, and recently found by a UH graduate student, suggests a very different attitude and tone from the Romantic poet. Paige Phelps talks with doctoral candidate Zach Turpin about his discovery, and what it tells us about the famed Leaves of Grass author.

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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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