Town Square

National Read Across America Day aims to create and celebrate a nation of diverse readers

Posted on · What are the books that opened your eyes to the world? Which ones helped shape who you are? Today, we discuss the importance of literacy and representation in books, as well as recent challenges to reading materials.

Houston Matters

What’s behind the recent wave of book banning? (Feb. 17, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: A new study says Houston's Black and Latino neighborhoods were less likely to get COVID-19 vaccines during their initial rollout. We learn why. Plus we discuss the recent wave of books being banning from certain schools.

Houston Matters

Educators and Activists Discuss Banned Books Week

Posted on · This week (Sept. 25 — Oct. 1, 2016) is Banned Books Week, celebrating intellectual freedom and the freedom to read in the United States. In her web series Writing the City, Houston Public Media's Dacia Clay is highlighting the event all this week with interviews with educators and activists. That included a conversation with James […]

Full Show

Houston Matters for Thurs., Oct. 3, 2013

Posted on · We have a complex relationship, at times, with what books we use, and how we use them, in public education here in Texas. We have been at the center of controversy over the language and information presented in Texas classroom textbooks, most notably, back in 2009, new standards were created to include critical statements about […]