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Teacher Appraisal, Mayor Parker, and Storm Stories: Wednesday’s show (May 11, 2016)

Posted on · Last month, the Association of Professional Educators announced a petition to challenge the state’s planned updated appraisal system tying teacher evaluation scores to student performance on standardized tests. That announcement followed a lawsuit brought by the Texas State Teachers Association, seeking to invalidate part of the new evaluation system being planned by Texas Education Commissioner […]

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New Opera Tells the Story of Historic Harris County Court Case

Posted on · When members of Houston Grand Opera perform tonight (May 4, 2016), it won’t be on the Wortham Theater Stage. Instead, it’ll be inside a courtroom full of lawyers. News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop has more on the opera, called What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline. It’s based on an historic […]

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The State of Houston’s Arts and Culture: Friday’s show (April 15, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s program, we conclude our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in arts and culture, with News 88.7’s arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop.

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Loreena McKennitt: How Celtic Music Found Her

Posted on · Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt performs tonight (March 3, 2016) at Cullen Performance Hall. She performs pieces inspired by her travels and fascination with Celtic history. McKennitt, who grew up in rural Canada, tells News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop she originally went to college to become a veterinarian. But she says, in her […]

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Your Tax Questions and Loreena McKennitt: Thursday’s Show (March 3, 2016)

Posted on · The April 15 tax deadline is just over a month away. Tax time always tends to add some stress to our lives. Preparing your taxes, after all, can be complicated, but Houston Matters is here to help! On this edition of the program, we welcome your questions for CPA Craig Shenkman. He’s a partner with BDO USA and can address everything from what forms to […]

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This is Your Brain on Art: Study Explores Intersection of Art and Science

Posted on · The theory that the brain responds positively to art is not new to science. But researcher Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal at the University of Houston is using a different approach to test that belief. News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop gives us a closer look at the study. (Above: News 88.7’s Amy Bishop has her […]

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Filling Houston’s Potholes: Thursday’s Show (January 21, 2016)

Posted on · Recently, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the official launch of his pothole repair initiative. Potholes reported to 311 are to be “assessed and addressed” by the next business day. We have, on this program, explored the political and judicial battles over street maintenance in Houston. During the campaign for mayor, potholes and street repairs were […]

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New Rail Lines Bring New Art to Stations

Posted on · When two new METRO rail lines opened recently in Houston, they brought more options for getting around town. But they also brought something else: art. 22 local artists were chosen to enhance the stations in a way that represents the soul of their neighborhoods. News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop took a ride on […]

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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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Cruz’s Presidential Viability: Tuesday’s Show (January 5, 2016)

Posted on · It’s common during a presidential campaign, in the weeks leading up to primaries and caucuses, for voters to, in essence, audition certain candidates. Those mired near the bottom of public opinion polls can bubble up to the surface while others can slide into the background. In recent weeks, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has […]

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Composer Philip Glass Discusses His Houston Ties, His Cats and Performing with David Bowie

Posted on · There is something unmistakable about Philip Glass’s music. The repetitions, the layering, the crescendos and decrescendos, the cyclical nature of his melodies and chord structures. Even if you’ve never heard a work of his before, it sticks out as undeniably a Philip Glass composition. He is also a singular personality, as News 88.7 arts and […]

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The Year in Education, Philip Glass, and The Full Menu: Tuesday’s show (December 22, 2015)

Posted on · From legislative and judicial battles over school funding in Texas, to debate on area college campuses over how to implement the state’s new campus carry law, to oral arguments (again) before the Supreme Court over the use of affirmative action in college admissions, there were a lot of big developments in education here in Houston […]

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Outgoing Menil Director Discusses Tenure, Museum’s Future

Posted on · After 12 years as director of The Menil Collection, Josef Helfenstein is putting in his last day today (Dec. 14, 2015). He’s overseen several improvements on the campus, and the attendance has doubled under his tenure. He joined News 88.7 Arts and Culture Reporter Amy Bishop to chat about his fondest memories at the museum – and the […]

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Sylvester Turner Elected Mayor: Monday’s Show (December 14, 2015)

Posted on · On Saturday, Houston voters went to the polls and narrowly elected Sylvester Turner as the next Mayor of Houston. Turner, who eked out the runoff election win with 51 percent of the vote, reinforced in his victory speech that he “will do [his] very, very best to represent every single Houstonian in this city.” The mayor-elect says he’ll […]

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Up Close With Houston’s First-Ever Youth Poet Laureate

Posted on · For the past two and a half weeks, Andrew White has had a secret. That’s because the senior at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was chosen to be Houston’s first-ever youth poet laureate – but he wasn’t allowed to tell anyone until the news was announced last week (Nov. 12, 2015) […]