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Happy Houston Revisited: Friday’s show (August 14, 2015)

It’s been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed domestic violence, road rage, political scandals, indictments, murder – all important issues, to be sure. But let’s face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing. When we last faced a cavalcade of such seriousness, we devoted a portion of a show to […]

It’s been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed domestic violence, road rage, political scandals, indictments, murder – all important issues, to be sure. But let’s face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing.

When we last faced a cavalcade of such seriousness, we devoted a portion of a show to discuss some good news — those things happening in your life and in your community that make you happy. We feel it’s time to do it again. So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we take a little break from the trials and tribulations of Greater Houston, to accentuate the positive. And we welcome any uplifting news you have to share. It could be about your own life, or great news for a loved one. Or something in the news you’re really jazzed about. E-mail us now at talk@houstonmatters.org, and we’ll share the good news during today’s discussion about “Happy Houston.” We’ll also draw some positive vibes from Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse and Station Theater co-director Jessica Brown.

Then: From Rick Perry running low on campaign funds, to changes to the “Be Someone” graffiti on a train trestle over I-45, to a judge ordering a defendant to marry his girlfriend, we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news with our panel of “non-experts.” On this week’s panel: MochaDad.com blogger Fred Goodall; Paul Pendergraft, the producer of Texas Originals; and Vlad Davidiuk, Chair of the College Republicans and Junior Senator in the Student Government Association at the University of St Thomas.

Plus: Jeff Walton has composed music for more than 40 film and television productions. While he may not be a household name like John Williams, Hans Zimmer, or Howard Shore, that’s probably for one of two reasons: many of his compositions are for low-budget and indie films you might not have seen…and he does his work right here in Houston, far from the Hollywood studio machine. He talks with Music from the Movies host Brad Sayles about making a living as a film composer in Houston. (You can hear Brad Sayles’ full interview with Jeff Walton on Music from the Movies, Saturday night at 7, and again Sunday at 5 on Classical 91.7).

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