Houston Matters

In the Internet Age, Is There Still a Place for Professional Critics?

Posted on · In the age of Yelp and Amazon and Rotten Tomatoes and other online resources which aggregate hundreds or even thousands of reviews of just about anything from just about anyone, what role is left for local professional critics? We talk it over with University of Houston Professor of Communications Garth Jowett.

Good, Bad and Ugly

Diploma Mills, a Strange Amazon Delivery, and Mascot of the Year: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a fraud lawsuit against a so-called diploma mill in Greater Houston, to Astros’ mascot Orbit being named Best Mascot, to a strange delivery from Amazon.com: we hammer out The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of recent Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Aurora Losada, editor of La Voz de […]

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Transportation Through 2040, Technological Singularity, and Rap Tourism: Houston Matters for Friday, December 12, 2014

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council is creating a plan that lays out the area's transportation needs over the next 25 years. The 2040 RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) lays out the latest update to a continuous planning process that includes the eight central counties of the Houston-Galveston region. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with […]

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Indie Bookstores Thrive By Becoming Community Centers for Readers

Posted on · This weekend, Houston’s Brazos Bookstore celebrates its 40th anniversary with a slate of events. As more of us turn to e-books and online booksellers, traditional bricks-and-mortar bookstores have had to adapt. We discuss how indie bookstores in Houston are re-inventing themselves as essentially community centers for readers with Jeremy Ellis of Brazos Bookstore and Valerie […]


Amazon Charges Sales Tax To Texans This Sunday

Posted on · This Sunday — Texas consumers will start paying sales tax when they make purchases on Amazon.com. For years Amazon refused to charge state sales tax — but recently reversed policy after pressure from Texas and other states.


Amazon’s Departure From Texas

Posted on · Texas is another in a growing list of states having tax disputes with Amazon.com over web purchases. The world's largest online retailer is closing an Irving distribution facility after failing to come to a resolution with the Texas Comptroller's office. Ed Mayberry reports.