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SpaceCom Convention Brings Terrestrial and Aerospace Industries Together

Posted on · SpaceCom, a “space commerce” conference and expo takes place in Houston this week (Nov. 15-17, 2016) at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Organizers tout it as an opportunity to “highlight the intersection points between terrestrial industries and the aerospace community.” What are those intersections? We ask Clay Dillow, who’s reporting on the SpaceCom convention […]

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State Water Plan and DeLoreans: Friday’s Show (March 11, 2016)

Posted on · DeLoreans are going back into production…in Humble. The stainless-steel-bodied cars with gull-wing doors haven’t been manufactured since the DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt back in 1982. But the car grew in pop cultural consciousness thanks to the Back to the Future trilogy. Now, a new company, and new owners, amid changes to some laws regulating car […]

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Thirty Years After Challenger: Thursday’s Show (January 28, 2016)

Posted on · A ceremony is taking place today (Jan. 28, 2016) at Houston’s Johnson Space Center in remembrance of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 30 years ago today. On January 28th, 1986, seven astronauts died when the shuttle exploded shortly after takeoff. On this edition of Houston Matters, we look back at what happened on this date […]

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Constitutional Convention and Campus Carry: Wednesday’s Show (January 13, 2016)

Posted on · On Tuesday night (Jan. 12, 2016), President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. On this edition of Houston Matters, University of St. Thomas Political Science Professor Jon Taylor joins us to examine what, if any, implications the President’s remarks may have on Greater Houston. Then, we follow up on comments made last […]

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Minors at the Border and Space Debris: Wednesday’s Show (January 6, 2016)

Posted on · Attention turned about a year and a half ago to the Texas/Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors (many fleeing violence in Central America) sought asylum in the United States. The federal government scrambled to safely house the children while they navigated our immigration courts. Their ranks slowly dissipated as their cases were resolved, but now […]

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Reacting to Terrorism: Monday’s Show (November 16, 2015)

Posted on · We all were shocked and angered by the attacks Friday night in Paris. Houston interfaith activist Saadia Faruqi called it “another heinous, barbaric attack.” She had additional thoughts about how, as a Muslim in America, she’ll once again be “expected to apologize” for terrorists. She wrote about it in an essay she posted this weekend […]

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The New Space Race and Bobcat Goldthwait: Friday’s Show (September 25, 2015)

Posted on · During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a space race. In 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth. The next year, in response, the U.S. established NASA and began the Mercury program. The Soviets put the first man in space. The U.S. was the first to […]

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Making Houston More Walkable: Monday’s Show (July 6, 2015)

Posted on · Houston motorists often share the road with cyclists and pedestrians, but it’s not always a harmonious relationship. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 480 pedestrians were killed in Texas in 2014, accounting for about 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the state. In Houston alone, that number rises to more […]

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Space City or the Silicon Bayou: Tuesday’s Show (May 5, 2015)

Posted on · Seeing as how Houston is Space City, we thought it might be appropriate, from time to time, to catch up on developments in outer space exploration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss a number of space-related topics with Dr. Carolyn Sumners, the VP of Astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George […]

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Earthquakes and Compassion: Tuesday’s Show (April 28, 2015)

Posted on · A new study from Southern Methodist University links earthquakes in North Texas to oil and gas operations. The Texas Railroad Commission’s seismologist has questioned the research and its conclusions. Nevertheless, the commission may shut down a pair of waste water injection wells noted in the study. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the […]

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Health Care, Food Waste, Vision in Space, and Samurai Exhibit: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Posted on · A recent interim report from the state Senate Committee on Health and Human Services outlined a number of legislative recommendations to address some of the state’s health care challenges. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about the findings in the report and look ahead to what lawmakers might consider during the upcoming 84th […]