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Veteran: Writing About War Isn’t the Best Therapy – But it Helps

Posted on · Houston native Brian Van Reet is a veteran of the Iraq War. While he’s written a fictionalized account of three soldiers’ experiences in Iraq called Spoils, he says writing about war isn’t necessarily the best therapy, in his opinion. He says it’s too public, and the process is too tedious. However, many veterans like him do see value […]

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When Friendliness Becomes a Disorder: Inside Williams Syndrome in ‘The Boy Who Loved Too Much’

Posted on · We’ve all known someone who seems a little too friendly. Maybe they don’t get certain social cues or boundaries. Or perhaps you’ve known someone who was too trusting or naive about people’s intentions. Well, all that pales in comparison with those who are diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder that makes it biologically impossible for someone to […]

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Inadequate Fire Safety Inspections, and Astronaut Candidates: Tuesday’s Show (June 20, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: Houston’s Fire Station No. 7. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)Houston buildings aren’t being inspected for fire safety regularly, and the agency within the Houston Fire Department that’s tasked with the job has inflated its inspection numbers and keeps inadequate records. That’s according to an audit of the Houston Fire Department Life Safety Bureau […]

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William Ellis: The Former Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

Posted on · Guillermo Eliseo was a wealthy Mexican banker and broker who lived in New York City in the early 20 Century. But, Eliseo had a secret. He was actually born into slavery on a cotton plantation in southern Texas, and his real name was William Ellis. Maggie Martin talks with historian and author Karl Jacoby, who wrote […]

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Giant Shifts: Book Examines Trends at a ‘Defining Moment’ in the Energy Industry

Posted on · (Above:Houston attorney and energy blogger Jimmy Vallee is the author of “Giant Shifts: Energy Trends Reshaping America’s Future.” Photo: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media)Houston-based energy attorney and blogger Jimmy Vallee has served as an adviser for numerous high-profile energy companies and grew up in and around the Texas oil fields in Beaumont. Now, he’s […]

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Meet Some of the Interesting ‘People of Memorial Park’

Posted on · Stacy Holden runs regularly at Houston’s Memorial Park. And, over the years, she noticed plenty of people on the running trail who seemed like they might have interesting stories. So she got to know some of them and tells their stories in a new coffee table book called People of Memorial Park: Stories from Houston’s […]