Full Show

Raising a Transgender Son, and the 80’s Oil Bust: Houston Matters Weekend for January 14, 2017

LGBT rights continue to be a divisive issue in this country, with battles waging inside the legislature and courts of North Carolina making news. Now Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Senate Bill 6 has been filed and mimics the very language that has cost North Carolina millions of dollars thus far. The bill isn’t that surprising. Last May, […]

Photo: Derek Stokely. Graphic: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaLGBT rights continue to be a divisive issue in this country, with battles waging inside the legislature and courts of North Carolina making news. Now Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Senate Bill 6 has been filed and mimics the very language that has cost North Carolina millions of dollars thus far.

The bill isn’t that surprising. Last May, Patrick publicly urged the superintendent of the Fort Worth Independent School District to resign over transgender-friendly policies.

This bothers Kimberly Shappley, an evangelical Republican from Pearland and mother of a transgender child. News 88.7’s Florian Martin spoke with her about her difficult path to acceptance.

Also this hour…

What Was the 1980s Houston Oil Bust Really Like?

Slogging through an economic slowdown after a period of rapid growth can be frustrating. It can also be easy to lose perspective. To gets some of that perspective, we travel back in time 30 years to July of 1986, with the help of Houston Matters’ new WABAC machine (…also with the help of an area economist, former reporter, and former city aide).

We ask them to describe life in Houston during the oil bust of the 1980’s. What happened to the city back then? How did it affect us economically, culturally, politically, etc.? Just how bad was it? How long did it take to recover? Who hung in there during the bust and who walked away?

Joining on this journey are Steven Craig, an economist at the University of Houston, Sue Davis, a former city hall reporter for KTRH from 1980-1986, and Jerry Wood, former aide to Mayor Kathy Whitmire in the 1980s.

Story Time at the Houston Matters Road Show 

In August of 2016, we recorded a special edition of Houston Matters in front of a live audience at the Asia Society Texas Center in Houston’s Museum District. During that show, we heard a masterful story from local comedian Ty Mahany, who tells us about a time he learned a key trick to dealing with embarrassment.

Saving Endangered Texas Dance Halls

From the time of the great German migration to Central Texas there have been dance halls — for club activities like shooting, or singing, or gymnastics – and of course, as time went by – two-stepping. But the recent auction of the belongings and building that was home to the oldest dance hall in Texas — the Tin Hall in Cypress – reminded us that dance halls are quickly disappearing. We pay a visit to the Tin Hall and pay homage.

Houston: The Sweatiest City in America?

Sara Cress is a Houston-based poet who looks to the news and current events in Houston for her source material — including the thermometer. She talks about her poem, The Sweatiest City in America, inspired by the Houston heat and humidity. Then she reads it for us.

Design Your Own Theme Park

And Houston seems to have it all. But we are missing a few things here: no NHL franchise, nowhere to go for truly great toasted ravioli, and — perhaps most glaring — no theme park. At least nothing on par with AstroWorld, which closed back in 2005. Last summer (July 6, 2016), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner shared his desire for a permanent amusement park site inside the city, something he hopes will happen before his time in office is up.

Since he mentioned it, we thought we’d turn to you and ask you to design your perfect Houston theme park. We also talk with Sasha Bailyn, editor-in-chief of Entertainment Designer, an online pub dedicated to theme park and public space design, and John Nova Lomax, senior editor at Texas Monthly, who wrote last week about why Houston needs another AstroWorld.

Houston Matters Weekend airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. on News 88.7. If you have questions or comments about something you hear, e-mail us at talk@houstonmatters.org. | News 88.7 Program Lineup

Share