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Hate Crime Series and Ten Years Since the Smoking Ban: Thursday’s Show (November 17, 2016)

The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI this week (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day. With that in mind, on this […]

Houstonian John Gaspari in Ben Taub Hospital after being attacked on Valentine’s Day 2015. (Image Courtesy: John Gaspari)The number of hate crimes against Muslims reported to police rose by 67 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by the FBI this week (Nov. 14, 2016). And, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there have been more than 200 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since Election Day.

With that in mind, on this edition of Houston Matters we bring you reporting News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider has compiled about hate crimes in Greater Houston. We learn about the extent of hate crime in Houston and why the numbers are so difficult to track. We learn why some victims decline to report hate crimes and why police and prosecutors sometimes are often reluctant to pursue them. And we look at why people commit hate crimes and whether hate crimes are becoming more common.

(Above: Houstonian John Gaspari in Ben Taub Hospital after being attacked on Valentine’s Day 2015. Image Courtesy: John Gaspari)

Also this hour…

Ten Years Since the Smoking Ban

This year marks ten years since the City of Houston banned indoor smoking in public areas and workplaces. That means, for a decade, smokers have been relegated to smoking at least 25 feet from building entrances and exits. Ten years later, the city’s health department is examining the impact the ordinance has had. We learn more from Dr. Faith Foreman, assistant director of the City of Houston’s Health Department.

Going Inside the Heart — Without Cutting You Open

Also this hour, we learn about something called “interventional cardiology.” That means performing minimally invasive procedures on the heart without having to open the chest. Things like replacing a heart valve or inserting a stent. We learn more from a Houston interventional cardiologist, Dr. Prakash Balan of the UT Health/Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute. He tells Paige Phelps about the cutting-edge technologies in his field.

The Music of The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns to Houston Friday night (Nov. 18, 2016) at the Revention Music Center. The concert features nearly 30 years of music from the video game franchise. Amy Andersson, the music director for the world tour, spoke with Maggie Martin back in October 2015, the last time the concert rolled through Houston. We hear that conversation and some of the iconic music.

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