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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 […]

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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 […]

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Houston’s Must-Read Books of 2015?

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of books are published each year, and many of them land on Maggie Galehouse's desk. She's the book editor for the Houston Chronicle. But among this huge selection, there are a few with Houston ties that stand out. Houston Matters' Maggie Martin sat down with Galehouse to talk about some of her […]

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Authors Read from Vietnam War Memoirs

Posted on · Back in September, Rice University's Veterans in Business Association and the Baker Institute hosted an event titled The Vietnam War: 50 Years On. They invited four Vietnam veterans who are also authors to come speak and read excerpts from their books. On this Veterans Day, we wanted to bring you some of their thoughts and […]

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Workshop Helps Houston Writers Get Their Books Published

Posted on · The first Houston RT Readers and Writers Roundup will be held this weekend. It€™s an event where readers, bloggers, booksellers and librarians will gather to talk about writing and publishing. To tell us more about the event, we talk with Kathryn Falk, the founder of RT Book Reviews Magazine and the RT Readers and Writers […]

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Matthew Salesses Discusses His Debut Novel: The Hundred-Year Flood

Posted on · Imagine being 22, a new graduate from college, and taking a job halfway around the world in Prague, in the Czech Republic. It would be easy to feel utterly lost in the world. And that's exactly where young author Matthew Salesses found himself years ago. And, at the same time, he began writing a fictional […]

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Former Milwaukee Mayor Offers Outsider’s Look into Houston’s Urban Space

Posted on · John Norquist, the former mayor of Milwaukee, thinks Houston should get rid of the Pierce Elevated. Why should we care what he has to say? Well, he’s an author, a longtime proponent of removing freeways from urban centers, and he’ll speak about just that tonight (Sept. 22, 2015) at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. […]

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Freddie Steinmark: The Determined Athlete Who Launched the War on Cancer

Posted on · The name Freddie Steinmark might be a familiar one to fans of University of Texas Longhorn football: he helped the team win a national championship against Arkansas in 1969. But soon, he might be familiar to movie fans too. My All American, a film about the athlete, hits theaters Nov. 13. And now UT Press […]

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Friday Night Lights — Author Discusses Iconic Book, 25 Years Later

Posted on · In 1988, Buzz Bissinger uprooted his family and moved to Odessa, Texas, to chronicle the Permian High School Panthers football team in its quest for a state championship. That experience became his acclaimed book, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. Now, after 25 years, a movie and a television series, the […]

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Summer Reading: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Elizabeth Gregory, author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood. We look closer at why women are embracing having […]

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Summer Reading: A Dictionary of All Things Houston

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with James Glassman, a fifth-generation Houstonian, founder of the preservation group Houstorian, and author of The Houstorian Dictionary: An Insider's Index to Houston. […]

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Summer Reading: Former Astro J.R. Richard’s Story of Redemption

Posted on · We all experience peaks and valleys in our lives. Great accomplishments, health scares, personal milestones, economic woes. Some years you're up, others you're down. But you'd be hard-pressed to find many Houstonians who have been on a rollercoaster ride to match J.R. Richard, a mainstay in the Houston Astros rotation throughout the 1970s and one […]

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Summer Reading: Children’s Book Helps Kids Deal with a Loved One’s Dementia

Posted on · We continue our summer reading series today as we talk with Houstonian Toby Haberkorn, author of When My Grammy Forgets, I Remember. It’s a children’s book designed to help kids and their parents talk about and understand what happens when a grandparent develops dementia. With the increasing numbers of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other […]

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Summer Reading: Hail of Fire — A Man Struggles to Cope with His Decisions During a Natural Disaster

Posted on · In September of 2011, severe drought – coupled with a tropical storm – helped fuel a wildfire that destroyed the home of Randy Fritz and his family in the Lost Pines area, about 103 miles northwest of Houston near Bastrop. While neither he, his wife nor his three daughters were hurt in the fire that […]