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Lyceum Poll and Houston’s Dangerous Intersections: Wednesday’s Show (September 14, 2016)

The annual Texas Lyceum Poll examines a number of public policy issues in the state. This year’s 10th-annual survey looks at issues that might be addressed during this spring’s state legislative session. That includes some issues explored in previous polls, such as police discrimination, as well as new questions, like whether a wall should be […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaThe annual Texas Lyceum Poll examines a number of public policy issues in the state. This year’s 10th-annual survey looks at issues that might be addressed during this spring’s state legislative session. That includes some issues explored in previous polls, such as police discrimination, as well as new questions, like whether a wall should be built along the U.S.-Mexico border.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about the findings from this year's survey — just out today — with Dave Shaw, president of the Texas Lyceum, and Dr. Josh Blank, manager of polling and research for the Texas Politics Project.

Also this hour:

Seeking Ways To Design Better Houston Workplaces

This morning (Sept. 14, 2016), design experts with the architecture and design firm Gensler held a panel discussion downtown about the future of Houston’s workplace. The conversation centered on Gensler's 2016 U.S. Workplace Survey, which considered designs and policies companies might adopt to improve employee efficiency. We discuss the results of that survey and how they might relate back to Houston workplaces with Sven Govaars from Gensler’s Houston office.

Addressing Houston’s Most Dangerous Intersections

Driving around Greater Houston can be challenging, due in no small part to our seemingly ever-increasing traffic, and — let’s face it — some less-than-stellar driving habits some of our neighbors exhibit. But in some cases accidents might be — at least in part — about the design of the roads themselves. There are some particularly troublesome intersections here filled with unexpected or dangerous merges, turn lanes or less-than-ideal traffic signals or signage. We discuss the science behind designing intersections and consider why some Houston intersections might be more prone to accidents than others. We also welcome your examples for Danny Perez from the Texas Department of Transportation and Jeffrey Weatherford, deputy director of the City of Houston Traffic Operations Division.

Houston Filmmaker Greg Carter on Making Movies in the Bayou City

The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) is holding its annual Business of Film Conference Friday and Saturday (Sept. 16-17, 2016) at Rice University. The keynote speaker is filmmaker Greg Carter, a Houston native who's directed a number of films, including several shot here in Houston. Carter tells Michael Hagerty about the challenges and opportunities inherent in making films in Houston instead of Hollywood.

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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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