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The Million: Stories of Houston’s Many Foreign-Born Residents

Posted on · In Harris County, more than one million residents – that’s one in four people — were born in a foreign country. Today, Houston Public Media began its first installment in a year-long series called “The Million” with our partners at the Houston Chronicle. It explores how diversity shapes our region. The series started with a […]

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HERO Trial, Student Records and Houston at the Oscars: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of non-experts to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. Today: Aurora Losada of La Voz […]

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Senate Rule Change, HERO Trial, and Oil Layoffs: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From rule changes in the Texas Senate to the beginning of a trial over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, and from layoffs in the oil and gas industry to a temporary stoppage of work to remove bricks from a street in Freedmen’s Town: our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston […]

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HERO Trial, Cutting the Cable Cord, and the Houston Auto Show: Houston Matters for Friday, January 23, 2015

Posted on · Jury selection begins Monday, with opening statements to follow Tuesday, in the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance trial in Harris County District Judge Robert Schaffer’s courtroom. Opponents of the ordinance allege the city wrongly invalidated thousands of signatures on their petition for a referendum on the law. Last week, Judge Schaffer granted the plaintiff’s request for […]

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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 Alan […]

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Textbooks, Ebola, and Perry in Court: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From the Texas State Board of Education approving new social studies textbooks this week, to a brief Ebola scare at a Houston emergency room, to legal wrangling over a technicality in Governor Perry’s criminal case: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of “non-experts” include: […]

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Immigration in Houston, Generational Divide, and Louis Gossett, Jr: Houston Matters for Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Posted on · After six years of stalled discussion and debate with Congressional Republicans over U.S. immigration policy, President Obama addressed the nation last night and shared his decision to defer the deportation of more than four million immigrants who entered the country illegally. The president characterizes the move as accountability, not amnesty. Congressional Republicans call it an […]

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Ebola Over-Reactions, Banning Kush and a Memorial for Dead Chickens: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From over-reaction to the Ebola virus in Texas, to banning synthetic marijuana — known as kush — in Houston, to a proposed memorial to some dead chickens: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Aurora Losada, editor of La Voz de Houston; Joe Holley, […]

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Corporal Punishment, Grocery Delivery and Cancelled Music Fests: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · The NFL’s latest scandal reaches Greater Houston (Conroe to be exact, and Vikings’ star Adrian Peterson); a new grocery delivery service launches in Houston and bills itself as “Uber for groceries;” and the first Lone Star Music Festival gets cancelled before it even gets off the ground: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The […]

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Union Management, Reza Aslan, and Loudon Wainwright III: Houston Matters for Friday, September 19, 2014

Posted on · Recently, Bryan Sky-Eagle abruptly resigned from his role heading up the firefighter’s union here in Houston, expressing fear for his safety, saying he’d been threatened by his own fellow firefighters. In light of the resignation, we discuss the challenges inherent in leading the rank and file in a union with Ron Turner, a Professor of […]

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Emmett’s Dome Plan, Crowdfunding Schools and the 99-Pack of Beer: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · This week Judge Ed Emmett unveiled his plan to save the Astrodome, many students started a new school year with their teachers forced to use crowd-funding sites to raise money for classroom supplies, and an Austin brewery is selling a 99-pack of its beer. We’ll decide whether those and other stories from the week’s Houston […]

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Reinventing Texas Education and the Future of College Media: Houston Matters for Friday, August 29, 2014

Posted on · All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has examined big changes this year for public school students in Texas. Incoming freshmen are learning about new high school graduation plans. There’s less standardized testing, and more vocational classes. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Laura Isensee about her series […]

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HERO Challenge Fails, Uber & Lyft Win, and Predicting Supreme Court Cases: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Houston news. This week, panelists Mark Bennett, Joe Holley and Aurora Losada discuss the equal […]

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Rethinking Marijuana Possession Penalties and Transitional Artifacts: Houston Matters for Friday, August 8, 2014

Posted on · A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union reported Harris County had one of the highest rates of marijuana arrests in 2010. Nearly 12,000 people in Harris County were busted for pot possession. Getting caught with even a little bit of marijuana in Texas is going to cost you. Possessing two ounces or less […]