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Municipal IDs, Pokemon Go, and The Addicts: Tuesday’s show (July 26, 2016)

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s reviewing the possibility the city may create a municipal ID. Municipal IDs are identification cards issued by cities or municipalities, used for a variety of reasons – some good, and some bad, depending on your point of view. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about municipal […]

Houston Matters Logo 2014 iTunesHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s reviewing the possibility the city may create a municipal ID.

Municipal IDs are identification cards issued by cities or municipalities, used for a variety of reasons – some good, and some bad, depending on your point of view.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about municipal IDs from Jeronimo Cortina, an associate professor of political science at the University of Houston.

Also this hour:

Why Corporations Sue Appraisal Districts

The Harris County Appraisal District got in a tussle recently with Exxon Mobil over property taxes at their Spring Campus. HCAD put a valuation of about one billion dollars on the property, but Exxon feels that’s not an accurate reflection of their value. Such disputes are not unusual. The larger the corporation, the more property they tend to own. The more property, the larger the tax valuation. The larger the valuation, the more taxes the corporation pays. So large companies have every motivation to challenge tax valuations – in court, if necessary. We talk more about such cases with Kenric Ward, a reporter with texaswatchdog.org, a Houston-based nonprofit reporting site covering state and local government issues.

What The Pokemon Go Craze Tells Us About the Melding of Digital and Real Worlds

By now, you’ve likely run into one of the many Houstonians playing Pokémon Go, the mobile game that sends players in search of virtual monsters in real world locations. It’s just the latest example of how the digital world has melded into our daily lives, for better or worse. Michael Hagerty discusses that integration with Doug Rowlett, the director of Houston Community College’s Digital and Information Technology Center of Excellence.

Recovering Addicts Use Comedy and Personal Stories To Connect

In the world of stand-up comedy, there are some standard approaches to what to bring out on stage: some stand-ups offer universal observational humor. Others are more overtly political. And then there are those who focus on more personal moments in their lives that they think may resonate with audiences. While Mark Lundholm and Kurtis Matthews exhibit elements of all three approaches, their work is unquestionably personal. They’re both recovering addicts, and they decided to talk about their addiction on stage.

We talk with Lundholm and Matthews, who perform at Houston’s Joke Joint Comedy Showcase tonight (July 26, 2016).

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