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Medicine & Wellness

County commissioners vote to put $2.5 billion bond proposal for Harris Health System on November ballot

Posted on · LBJ and Ben Taub hospitals are operating at or above capacity and have not had significant upgrades in about 30 years, according to county officials, while Harris County’s population has nearly doubled during that span.

Hurricane Ida

Here’s How The Houston Area Is Helping Louisianans In The Wake Of Hurricane Ida

Posted on · Houston-area hospitals and nonprofits are stepping up to assist those impacted by the category four storm. It's just the latest in a string of storms that have forced Houston and Louisiana to rely on one another.

Town Square

A&M Research COVID-19 Transmission After Vaccination And Ask A Doctor

Posted on · An estimated 2,000 Texas college students will take part in a contact tracing survey along with 10,000 national participants started by Operation Warp Speed, the accelerated testing, supply, development, and distribution COVID-19 vaccine plan by the federal government.

Good, Bad and Ugly

Death Penalty Drugs, and McDonald’s at Ben Taub: The Good, Bad, and 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 a rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. This week we discuss Texas suing […]

Full Show

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick Discuss ‘The Vietnam War’ — Friday’s Show (April 28, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with documentary filmmakers Lynn Novick and Ken Burns during their visit to Houston on April 26, 2017. Photo: Abner Fletcher | Houston Public Media) Ken Burns rose to fame in 1990 for his epic, sprawling documentary film series The Civil War. His partner in filmmaking Lynn Novick, who […]

Houston Matters

Study Examines Higher Asthma Fatality Rates Among African Americans

Posted on · African Americans are nearly three times more likely to die from asthma-related causes than the white population, according to 2013 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new study being conducted in Houston aims to address some of the reasons why. Joining us to discuss the study — and to answer some […]

Houston Matters

Why Houston Needs More Level One Trauma Centers

Posted on · Ben Taub Hospital has retained its “level one” trauma center status (meaning it has the surgeons, specialists and operating rooms to handle the worst of the worst injuries, at any moment). Houston Chronicle health reporter Markian Hawryluk shares with us why that status was initially threatened, and ultimately retained. Then Paige Phelps talks with Dr. […]

Full Show

Halliburton and Baker Hughes: Thursday’s Show (February 4, 2015)

Posted on · Remember how in November 2014, Halliburton and Baker Hughes announced they were merging? The nation’s second and third largest oilfield service companies coming together to the tune of $34.6 billion. Then…nothing. The merger hasn’t happened yet. In the more than 14 months since, crude oil prices have dropped lower than nearly anyone imagined. Both corporations […]