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HISD Won’t Ban Early Elementary Suspensions: Tuesday’s Show (November 17, 2015)

Posted on · During a school board meeting last Thursday, HISD board members refused to ban suspensions of pre-K through second grade students. We learn why from News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee on today’s Houston Matters. Then, we talk with Morgan Craven, Director of the “School-to-Prison Pipeline Project” for the non-profit social justice group Texas Appleseed, which […]

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Texas Renaissance Festival Brings a King’s Ransom in Economic Impact

Posted on · Since its humble beginnings more than four decades years ago, the Texas Renaissance Festival has grown by kingly proportions. This year's opening weekend saw a record attendance of more than 60,000 guests. Consistently, it draws hundreds of thousands of visitors during its eight-week season in the fall. But preparation gets underway long before those gates […]

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What’s Missing from the City’s New Arts and Culture Plan?

Posted on · Last week (10/14/15), the Houston City Council adopted a new Arts and Cultural Plan for the city — it’s first in 22 years. The goal? To harness all the cultural assets the city has to offer, identify the programming needs of audiences and patrons and the funding needs of institutions. While the plan passed and […]

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Planned Parenthood Dropped from Medicaid: Tuesday’s Show (October 20, 2015)

Posted on · The State of Texas is removing Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program, leaving the state’s low-income women on Medicaid unable to seek medical services there unrelated to abortion, including cervical cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The move comes in reaction to undercover videos released by the anti-abortion group The Center for Medical […]

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Up Close With Houston Ballet’s Lauren Anderson

Posted on · Houston Ballet made history 25 years ago when Lauren Anderson became the first African-American woman to earn a role as principal dancer at a major company. But what has changed since then? News 88.7's Amy Bishop visited Anderson to find out. (Above: At 50 years old, ballerina-turned-teacher has the sculpted arms of an athlete and […]

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Remembering Rita and Plan Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 24, 2015)

Posted on · Hurricane Rita made landfall ten years ago today. Fearing the worst, on the heels of Katrina, officials ordered a mass evacuation, which turned out, in many ways, to be more damaging than the storm itself. An estimated 2.5 million people tried to clear out ahead of what was initially a category five hurricane. Rita weakened […]

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Second Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 3, 2015)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our second annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you're new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown […]

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Houston Artist Tapped to Send Messages Into Space

Posted on · Houston artist Dario Robleto recently joined a group of top astronomers and physicists in London – no less than Stephen Hawking among them – to announce a series of projects called Breakthrough Initiatives, aimed at communicating with intelligent life beyond Earth. Robleto tells News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop about his role, and […]

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Food Deserts Revisited and Importing Doctors: Tuesday’s show (July 28, 2015)

Posted on · Back in the summer of 2013, we examined food deserts in Houston – neighborhoods with a shortage of nearby access to fresh food. They tend to be in low income areas, where major grocery chains are sometimes unwilling or unable to open a store. The concern in 2013 was that 1 in 5 households in […]

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David Leslie and His Vision For Rothko Chapel

Posted on · Rothko Chapel's new executive director is getting re-acquainted with Houston. David Leslie is back in his home state after 18 years in Oregon. News 88.7’s Arts and Culture Reporter Amy Bishop recently sat down with Leslie to talk about his vision for the next chapter of the Houston landmark. MORE: Rothko Chapel Names Their New […]

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The First Ward: A Deal For Local Artists

Posted on · The transformation of Houston's First Ward from a run-down warehouse district to a bustling arts center is well known. But you may not know how it all got started. News 88.7's arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop brings us this profile of Jon Deal, a Houston real estate developer credited with sparking the transformation in […]

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Extreme Heat, Texas Black Expo and Fluoride: Tuesday’s Show (June 9, 2015)

Posted on · The consequences of Greater Houston's population growth have been well documented – from its effect on traffic, to housing, to urban development. But it also could have another effect – it could be making this an even hotter place to live in coming decades, according to ongoing research using Houston as a predictor of what’s […]

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Meet Houston’s New Poet Laureate: Robin Davidson

Posted on · Last week, Houston officials announced the city's new poet laureate is Robin Davidson, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. Davidson is Houston's second Poet Laureate, following Gwendolyn Zepeda, who was appointed in 2013 and just completed her term. The city's poet laureate is tasked with representing Houston by creating excitement about […]

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Flooding and Public Health, and Houston’s New Poet Laureate: Thursday’s show (May 28, 2015)

Posted on · The floodwaters have mostly receded from our roadways, but they still remain in some areas around Greater Houston. As cleanup continues, we talk with Dr. Scott Lea, Associate Professor and Infectious Diseases Clinic Director, in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at UTMB, about what lurks in those muddy puddles left behind, […]