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How to Insulate Your Teenager From Modern Stressors

Posted on · Our summer reading series continues with Judith Widener Muir, author of Live Wires: Neuro-Parenting to Ignite Your Teen’s Brain. Her book explains what makes the teenage brain unique and versatile and how to insulate today’s teens from the stresses of “college frenzy, achievement mania and media explosion.” She also explains how versatile and adaptive the teenage […]

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Descendant of Former Slave Owners Seeks Out Descendants of Their Former Slaves

Posted on · As a kid, Houston Chronicle business columnist Chris Tomlinson was fascinated by family stories of his great-grandfather coming to Texas as a pioneering settler of the American West. But as he grew older, he started to understand the story wasn’t as glorious as he thought — his ancestors were slaveholders. Just five years ago, Tomlinson […]

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Indie Bookstores Thrive By Becoming Community Centers for Readers

Posted on · This weekend, Houston’s Brazos Bookstore celebrates its 40th anniversary with a slate of events. As more of us turn to e-books and online booksellers, traditional bricks-and-mortar bookstores have had to adapt. We discuss how indie bookstores in Houston are re-inventing themselves as essentially community centers for readers with Jeremy Ellis of Brazos Bookstore and Valerie Koehler of Blue Willow Bookshop.

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What’s Houston’s Contribution to the Rap World?

Posted on · The Houston rap scene has now been well documented in two books, Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes, which feature photos by Peter Beste and interviews and oral histories collected by writer Lance Scott Walker. Walker joins us to discuss the project and Houston’s influence on the rap world.

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Houston Libraries Adapt for the Digital Age

Posted on · The Houston Public Library last week announced it’s making available thousands of audiobooks, movies and music titles for free borrowing and streaming online and on mobile devices. It’s a reminder that libraries are much different places today than they once were – or, at least, what we may have once perceived them to be. You […]

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Banned Books Week and Creationism in Texas Schools

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, at times, been at the center of controversy over the language and information presented in Texas classroom textbooks, most notably in the form of occasional challenges to the teaching of […]

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Homework Without Books?

Posted on · Tomorrow a new law goes into affect that could revolutionize the way students in Texas do their homework. Bill Stamps introduces us to digital textbooks and how they can also save school districts millions.

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Addiction Spares No One

Posted on · There have been many books about addiction, but few from the father's and family's point of view. Renowned journalist David Sheff wrote a powerful piece about his struggle to help his son Nick overcome his methamphetamine addiction. It drew an overwhelming response from readers with a similar experience. Pat Hernandez has more.

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Inspirational Book Sale Goes to Kidney Research

Posted on · Alonzo Mourning has the credentials to make it to the NBA Hall of Fame. The all-star center lead the Miami Heat to an NBA Championship and he won an Olympic gold medal for the United States. But his greatest triumph won't come as a result of his accomplishments on the hardwood. Pat Hernandez has the story.