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Were Traffic Lights Better Synched Under Mayor White?

Posted on · One thing that comes up every time we do our quarterly Houstonian Pet Peeves shows is the synchronization of Houston’s traffic lights — or the perceived lack thereof. Recently, we received an email from a listener saying that during Mayor Bill White’s term the lights were perfectly timed. Is that true? To find out, Houston Matters […]

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The State of Houston’s Education: Tuesday’s Show (April 12, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s program, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in education, with News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee.

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Remembering Houston’s ‘Mayor Bob’

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier passed away Saturday at the age of 89. Affectionately known as “Mayor Bob,” Lanier served as mayor from 1992 to 1998. He’s being remembered today as one of the most popular leaders in Houston’s history. Former President George H.W. Bush said Saturday Lanier’s leadership “helped lay the foundation” for a […]

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Our Nation’s History with Debt: Former Mayor Bill White Discusses His Book

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bill White discusses his book, America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse. The book discusses the different times in our nation’s history when our national debt spiked, how those spikes in debt were handled, how things are being done differently today, and what that could all mean for our future. White served as […]

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Houston Authors Bill White, Lacy Johnson, David Berg and More: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we speak with authors either traveling through or living in Greater Houston. Some write about historical events, others tell personal stories, still others pen books reflecting on our life and times. On this special edition of the program, we listen back to some of our favorite author interviews. […]

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Pro Sports and Identity and Freedmen’s Town Bricks: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Astros probably won’t lose 100 games this year, but they’re likely to lose 90. The Houston Rockets’ disappointing early playoff exit has been followed by a disappointing off-season, missing on free agents, and losing roster depth. The Houston Texans lost so many games in a row last year they dismissed their coach, and […]

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Houston’s Budget, Arts and Culture, Street Names, and Life Histories: Houston Matters for Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Posted on · Mayor Annise Parker last week unveiled her proposed FY 2015 budget for the city of Houston. It includes covering a significant rise in pension obligations, calls for funding to add animal control officers and address pothole repairs – all of which the mayor believes can be accomplished in the next year without a tax increase, […]

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Our Nation’s History with Debt: Former Mayor Bill White Discusses His New Book

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bill White discusses his new book, America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse. The book discusses the different times in our nation’s history when our national debt spiked, how those spikes in debt were handled, how things are being done differently today, and what that could all mean for our future. White served […]

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Former Mayor Bill White on America’s Fiscal Constitution: Houston Matters for Thursday, April 3, 2014

Posted on · In his new book, America’s Fiscal Constitution – Its Triumph and Collapse, former Houston Mayor Bill White explores the history of America through its budgets – and specifically, the attitudes and approaches of our elected leaders towards the incursion and payoff of debt. It’s an unusual prism through which to examine our history. Most history […]