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Supreme Court, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, and Paula Poundstone: Houston Matters for Friday, June 27, 2014

Posted on · The Supreme Court's latest session has nearly drawn to a close. The High Court has issued opinions and decisions in the final weeks in several widely anticipated cases, involving ones involving cell phone privacy and buffer zones around abortion clinics. And by the end of the day Monday, the Court's expected to issue its decision […]

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Mayors, Food Marketing, and Spanish Language Media: Houston Matters for Monday, June 23, 2014

Posted on · The 82nd annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors wraps up today in Dallas. The organization of mayors from cities with populations of 30 thousand or more meets each year to discuss and vote on resolutions on issues ranging from education to the economy to energy, housing, immigration and beyond. On this edition of […]

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Day Trips, Good Bad and Ugly, and Texas Tenors: Houston Matters for Friday, June 6, 2014

Posted on · Day trips are a great way to get out and explore areas near Houston without packing a full bag. On this edition of Houston Matters, from smaller towns to national parks, we talk about some of the trips Houstonians can fit into a day. We welcome your suggestions, as we talk with Kristin Finan, author […]

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Equal Rights Delay, the Astrodome and a James Beard Award: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a delay (again) in the vote over the proposed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance; to a meeting of the minds (again) over the future of the Astrodome; to more non-recurring events like flat home sales and a James Beard Foundation award granted to a Houston chef: we take the week’s Houston news and turn it […]

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Brown v. Board Legacy, Astrodome Revisited, and Lyricist Tim Rice: Houston Matters for Friday, May 16, 2014

Posted on · Exactly 60 years ago tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education. The High Court ruled the concept of "separate, but equal" public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. The ruling led to desegregation nationwide. While the spirit of the Brown […]

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Lt. Governor’s Debate Promises to Be Interesting

Posted on · Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m. candidates in the Lt. Governor Republican primary runoff race will face off in a debate on Houston Public Media’s TV 8 and News 88.7, and online at houstonpublicmedia.org. Our own Craig Cohen will moderate the debate along with three local journalists who’ll serve as panelists. Craig sat down with […]

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Lt. Governor Debate Preview, School Grades & House Concerts: Houston Matters for Thurs., May 1, 2014

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston, and across Texas. Their goal: to identify which schools are succeeding, and which are struggling, as a way to encourage parents, teachers, and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2014 numbers were […]

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Living Downtown, Fewer TCEQ Inspections & The Ring Cycle: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Incentives to encourage people to live in downtown Houston, the TCEQ doing fewer inspections of industries that pollute, and Houston Grand Opera tackling Wagner’s The Ring Cycle: It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. We discuss these and other stories with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” On this edition […]

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Houston Matters’ Anniversary, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and an iFest Preview: Houston Matters for Friday, April 25, 2014

Posted on · One year ago Saturday, Houston Matters debuted on Houston Public Media News 88.7. On that first broadcast, we spoke with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, learned the results of 2013’s Kinder Houston Area Survey, and spoke with Houston Public Media reporters about the various aspects of the beats they cover which new arrivals to Houston should […]

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Nonstop Flights to Norway, Homelessness Down & Conan Bashes H-Town: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Scandinavian Airlines is launching nonstop flights between Stavanger, Norway and Houston, beginning on Aug. 20 of this year; Mayor Parker says the number of chronically homeless people in Houston has been cut in half in the last two years; and Conan O’Brien bashes H-Town during his live shows in Dallas: It’s The Good The Bad […]

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Houston’s Millennials and The Good the Bad and the Ugly: Houston Matters for Friday, April 4, 2014

Posted on · Houston is one of the younger cities in the nation by median age. We have a lot of “Millennials” here – the term typically refers to those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s. What’s drawn them here? What do they want from Houston? What do they contribute to it? What are the priorities, […]

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Houston Growing Slower, Local Church Split & Calling Domestic Violence Overrated: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Houston growing not quite so fast, a local church voting over its future, and a candidate for district attorney calling domestic violence overrated: We discuss “The Good the Bad and the Ugly” in Houston news with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” This week’s panel is comprised of: Mark Bennett, attorney and author of the “Defending […]

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Social Consumerism and Politics in Houston and Galveston’s Mardi Gras: Houston Matters for Friday, February 21, 2014

Posted on · There are lots of reasons to purchase products from one company over another – usually, we consider price or quality or convenience – but sometimes, the decision is a moral one. Does the company treat its workers well? Does it do business with unsavory people? Does it use sound environmental practices? In other words – […]

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Asian-Americans, Good Bad & Ugly in Houston News & Mardi Gras: Houston Matters for Fri., Jan. 31, 2014

Posted on · Today is the Lunar New Year. (Happy Year of the Horse!) Many organizations around Houston are hosting events to ring in the traditional Chinese New Year. In light of these celebrations, on this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss how Houston’s Asian-American community contributes to our economy and culture. We’ll also talk with an official […]

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Biggio Snubbed, Selling Booze Near Hospitals & Wade Phillips Says ‘No Thanks’: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Lomgtime Houston Astro great Craig Biggio barely barely misses making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame; Houston grocery stores will now be able to sell alcohol near hospitals and churches; Baylor College of Medicine and St. Luke’s are teaming up to form a new hospital; and former Texans’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips gets an […]