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Full Show: Enron Exec Released, and Ethan Hawke Pays Tribute to Texas Songwriter Blaze Foley (Aug. 31, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn about a leak on board the International Space Station. We discuss former Enron executive Jeff Skilling being released from prison. We break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news. We discuss the correct way to honor the dead while still calling attention to any negative aspects of their legacy. And actor Ethan Hawke tells us about Texas songwriter Blaze Foley, to whom he pays tribute in his new film.

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What Role Should Google and Facebook Play in Addressing Fake News?

Posted on · In recent months, Google and Facebook have each announced efforts to address the rise of false news reports shared — or wrongly pointed to — by their companies’ algorithms. But how much responsibility should free web browsers or social media sites have for how their products are used? How does “fake news” get proliferated so […]

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ICE Raids, and Targeting Fake News: Tuesday’s Show (May 9, 2017)

Posted on · During the week of April 17, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents made 95 arrests during a five-day sweep in Houston. Most of those arrested had prior criminal convictions. Some did not. The focus of such occasional raids seems to primarily focus on dangerous criminals, but who draws that line? On this edition of Houston […]

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What’s the Future of NASA Under Trump?

Posted on · (Above: The Space Shuttle replica at Space Center Houston. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media) A new piece of legislation aims to refocus NASA on human space exploration and landing on Mars. Pres. Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill that would require the space agency to develop plans for future human space exploration, […]

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NASA Under Trump, and ‘Permania’ in West Texas Oil and Gas: Monday’s Show (April 3, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The Space Shuttle replica at Space Center Houston. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media) A new piece of legislation aims to refocus NASA on human space exploration and landing on Mars. Pres. Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill that would require the space agency to develop plans for future human space exploration, […]

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Why Houston Needs More Weather Balloons

Posted on · Maybe you made one in school science class — a weather balloon you were told would help predict the weather. These days, with Doppler radar and 3D weather screens on the nightly news, you’ve probably forgotten all about them. Funny thing though: weather forecasters haven’t. Their simple technology can help predict those massive storms — or help […]

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Senator Cornyn Proposes More Space Flight Bill for NASA

Posted on · Recently, U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, buoyed by the excitement surrounding Commander Scott Kelly’s return to Earth after spending a year aboard the International Space Station, introduced the Mapping a New and Innovative Focus on our Exploration Strategy (MANIFEST) for Human Spaceflight Act. The bill would require NASA to develop plans for the future […]

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Event Focuses on Diversifying Houston’s Space Industry

Posted on · We talk with “Sci Guy” Eric Berger, Ars Technica’s Senior Space Editor, about the first annual Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, or SpaceCom, which takes place at the George. R. Brown Convention Center tomorrow through Thursday (Nov. 17-19, 2015). The conference and expo will explore how space technology is applied to other industries, including health care, […]