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Houston’s Global Economy, and Pet Care Advice: Monday’s Show (February 13, 2017)

Houston recently hosted a trade delegation from Cuba. It’s one example of how Houston is part of the larger global economy. That stands in contrast to what appears to be happening on the national level, as President Donald Trump signs executive orders that seem to take the completely opposite approach. And, after the White House […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaHouston recently hosted a trade delegation from Cuba. It’s one example of how Houston is part of the larger global economy. That stands in contrast to what appears to be happening on the national level, as President Donald Trump signs executive orders that seem to take the completely opposite approach.

And, after the White House issued an executive order that temporarily barred the entry of people from seven countries to the United States, institutions and businesses that rely on the people potentially affected (including students and staff at the University of Houston) were cautioned to, for the moment, avoid traveling outside of the U.S.

So, it’s not just a question of limits on who can enter the country — an executive order like this can also impact who feels comfortable leaving. Could this executive order have a cooling effect on trade, as impactful as something like cancelling the TPP or seeking to renegotiate NAFTA? Are there unintended consequences beyond geopolitical concerns? How will national politics impact Houston’s relationship in the global economy?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss those questions with Dr. Tony Payan of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Dr. Steven Craig, economics professor at the University of Houston.

Also this hour…

Housing of Houston Project

We’ve had numerous discussions about housing on Houston Matters – from covering the housing market to the search for affordable housing in this dynamic, growing city. And a new project from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is taking a closer look at some of those issues by telling the stories of Houstonians searching for housing here. HousingofHouston.com is a new website stemming from the institute’s Urban Edge blog. One of its contributors, Leah Binkovitz, tells Maggie Martin about the project and how she got interesting in telling these stories.

Pet Care

Once again, Houston Matters goes to the dogs…and cats. To help us sort through your questions we’re joined by Dr. Lori Teller from the Meyerland Animal Clinic, and welcome anything else you’d like to know about your beloved dog or cat.

Sports

The Houston Rockets have the third best record in the NBA. With the trade deadline approaching, what moves can the Rockets make to bolster their chances for a long post-season run? And don’t look now but spring training is just around the corner. Astros pitchers and catchers are due to report this week.

Also the Houston Cougars are 18-7; do they have a realistic chance to be invited to the Big Dance? What are the possibilities that Houston will get another Super Bowl?  We discuss the latest developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine

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