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Supreme Court Rulings and Renewing the 287(g) Program: Thursday’s Show (June 23, 2016)

Posted on · On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions in two of the three pending major cases tied to Texas. The court deadlocked 4-4 on President Obama’s plan that would have shielded millions of immigrants from deportation. And, in a 4-3 decision, the court upheld the affirmative action program at the University of Texas. On this edition […]

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Novel Explores the Life of ‘The Last Madam’ at the Infamous Chicken Ranch Brothel

Posted on · You’re probably familiar with the musical and the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, based on the true story of the brothel known as the Chicken Ranch near La Grange, Texas — 100 miles west of Houston. The film starred Dolly Parton as the ranch’s madam, Mona Stangley. While that character is fictional, a […]

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The Book of Wanderings: A Mother-Daughter Pilgrimage

Posted on · This week (May 23-27, 2016), aspiring writers are attending the 8th annual Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers at the University of Houston. The conference is aimed at young writers who are either still in school or who have yet to publish a book. It includes workshops, classes and presentations by established writers. One of the […]

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Move Over LA: ‘Sunset City’ Uses Houston as Noir Crime Setting

Posted on · When you think of noir crime novels, Los Angeles often comes to mind as a setting. But author Melissa Ginsburg has set her new crime noir novel Sunset City in Houston. That’s because she’s from here. Ginsburg lived in Houston through most of her 20s. Sunset City — her debut novel — is a story about two […]

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Solar Capacity, and Robots Taking Our Jobs: Tuesday’s Show (May 3, 2016)

Posted on · Houston’s solar capacity is growing, according to a new report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. But how much? And how does Houston’s growth compare to that of other Texas cities — and other major metro areas across the nation? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss where Houston stands on solar […]

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Happiness for Beginners: Looking to Nature to Rebuild a Life

Posted on · Houston author Katherine Center is in the process of finishing her sixth novel, which goes on sale next year. And her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, is being made into a movie. Sandwiched between those is her most current novel, Happiness for Beginners. It’s about a woman whose marriage falls apart and to help her recover her […]

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Meyerland’s Second Flood in a Year: Thursday’s Show (April 28, 2016)

Posted on · Residents in the Meyerland area are trying to recover from the second flood in less than a year. On this edition of Houston Matters, we check in with Meyerland residents whom we talked with last year and see how they’re recovering and ask if another flood has dampened their enthusiasm for living there. Also this […]

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Actor Sean Patrick Flanery Pens Novel About Growing Up Near Houston

Posted on · Sean Patrick Flanery, an actor you might know from his roles as Young Indy in the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and his roles in The Boondock Saints, Dexter and Powder, first fell in love with the stage while attending Houston’s University of St. Thomas. He’s also a writer, having penned his first novel, called Jane […]

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Writers League Helps Texas Authors Get Published

Posted on · Maybe your bucket list includes writing a novel. But where can writers and aspiring authors go in Greater Houston to connect with other writers to learn how to pen that novel or to get published? Well, for 35 years, that place has been the Writers’ League of Texas. The organization, while based in Austin, has the […]

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Would Texas Ever Have Become a State If It Hadn’t Been Deeply in Debt?

Posted on · Author James Bevill offers a different take on the Texas Revolution — the financial challenges and and monetary issues that factored into the struggle. He talks about his book, The Paper Republic: The Struggle for Money, Credit and Independence in the Republic of Texas, with Craig Cohen. (This conversation originally aired on Houston Matters, Aug. 5, 2014)

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Turning Historic Love Letters into a Novel

Posted on · Maybe this Valentine’s Day you’ll write or receive a love letter. But what if, many years from now, someone were to find your love letters and use them as the basis for a novel? That’s essentially what writer – and Houston native – Nelda Hirsh has done with some love letters between an historical figure […]

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What the Civil War Can Teach Us About Treating Today’s Veterans

Posted on · A new book from Sam Houston State University Professor Brian Jordan examines the challenges Union veterans faced at the completion of the Civil War, and how those challenges continue for today’s men and women in the armed forces. We talk with Dr. Jordan about his book, Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War.  […]

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Book to Showcase Life in Montgomery Co.

Posted on · Later this year, Montgomery County plans to publish an illustrated photo journal focusing on the community’s economy, lifestyle and amenities. It will be called Lone Star Life: Images of Montgomery County. The proceeds will go toward historic preservation efforts in the county. The person who will be putting this book together is Kimberly Sutton. She’s […]

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Turning Texas Blue: Breaking the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State

Posted on · For more than 20 years now, Republicans have held every statewide elected office in Texas. How did the Lone Star State come to be so dominated by the GOP? And what would it take for Democrats to break that grip? We explore these questions with Mary Beth Rogers. She ran Democrat Ann Richards‘ successful 1990 campaign […]

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‘After War’ Upends the Image of the Heroic Wounded Vet

Posted on · Americans soldiers severely injured in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq often face an uphill battle rebuilding their lives while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. To get a better sense of this struggle, Rice University anthropologist Zoe Wool spent a year at Walter Reed getting to know many of these soldiers and their […]