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Germany is now Houston’s seventh-largest foreign trading partner, with combined exports and imports at nearly $10 billion a year and rising. Hamburg is the home of Germany’s largest port, while the Port of Houston is the largest in Texas — and second largest in the United States. Throughout the week, News 88.7 FM business reporter […]

Germany is now Houston's seventh-largest foreign trading partner, with combined exports and imports at nearly $10 billion a year and rising. Hamburg is the home of Germany's largest port, while the Port of Houston is the largest in Texas — and second largest in the United States.

Throughout the week, News 88.7 FM business reporter Andrew Schneider has taken an in-depth look at the path of goods from Houston to Hamburg, the different ways the cities address pollution, and provided an update on the negotiations for a new trade pact between the European Union and the United States in his series: A Tale of Two Ports: Houston, Hamburg, and the Challenges of Global Trade. We present his full report on today’s Houston Matters.

Also this hour: On Sunday, Houston hosts the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2015 National Convention. The USHCC calls the two-day event the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in the country. For entrepreneurs here in Houston, the event is an opportunity to make connections and grow their businesses. Houston's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will participate in this weekend's event. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin sits down with Dr. Laura Murillo, the President and CEO, to discuss the past, present and future of Hispanic businesses in Houston.

Then: Reuters last month reported OPEC, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, was concerned about dropping oil prices and wanted to open dialogue with member countries about cutting supply. Of course, no one wants to be the country that stops pumping first, especially in cash-strapped nations like Russia and Venezuela. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia — a part of OPEC — has not slowed production. The Financial Times reported as of June that the Saudis had increased production to a record 10.3 million barrels a day, or one in nine barrels bought globally. So what's the strategy behind this outcry for lower production from OPEC in the first place? And where does the U.S. — and Houston — fit in? We ask Forbes staff writer Christopher Helman.

Plus: A conversation with Buzz Bissinger, the author of Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. The 25th anniversary edition of the book is out now. It tells the story of the culture surrounding high school football in Odessa, Texas. Bissinger gave a talk last night (September 16, 2015) at Brazos Bookstore, and continues to tour throughout Texas this week. He joins us live in studio.

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Craig Cohen

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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