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What’s Behind the Popularity of Coloring Books for Adults?

Posted on · Let’s, for a moment, slip back into those childhood years. Maybe your toy of choice was Legos or a train set. Now, as an adult would you consider pulling out that train set at the end of a work day to maybe unwind, or does that seem ludicrous? And yet, so many people are doing […]

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Friday Night Lights — Author Discusses Iconic Book, 25 Years Later

Posted on · In 1988, Buzz Bissinger uprooted his family and moved to Odessa, Texas, to chronicle the Permian High School Panthers football team in its quest for a state championship. That experience became his acclaimed book, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. Now, after 25 years, a movie and a television series, the anniversary edition of the book is […]

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Summer Reading: Hail of Fire — A Man Struggles to Cope with His Decisions During a Natural Disaster

Posted on · In September of 2011, severe drought – coupled with a tropical storm – helped fuel a wildfire that destroyed the home of Randy Fritz and his family in the Lost Pines area, about 103 miles northwest of Houston near Bastrop. While neither he, his wife nor his three daughters were hurt in the fire that […]

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Students Create Unusual Maps of Houston

Posted on · What do megachurches, potholes and wireless networks have in common? The answer is maps. They’re not road maps or weather maps. They’re maps of things like potholes around Lakewood Church. Or maps of Houston’s wireless networks. The work is part of a class at the University of Houston called Creative Mapping that encourages students to […]

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Michael Morton: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

Posted on · In 1986, Michael Morton’s wife, Christine, was murdered in their home just outside Austin, while he was away at work. Morton quickly became the prime suspect in the case and was eventually convicted of the murder, despite not much physical evidence. He was sentenced to life in prison. Nearly 25 years later, after attorneys from […]

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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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Reserve Pits, Houston’s Health, Indie Bookstores & Birding: Houston Matters for Wed., April 2, 2014

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment, about concerns related to what are known as “reserve pits” on drilling sites. These pits are dug on the site of a drilling rig and filled with waste that comes out of oil wells […]