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Third-Annual Newcomers’ Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (December 29, 2016)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our third-annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you’re new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on everything you need to […]

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A Farewell Conversation with Health and Science Reporter Carrie Feibel

Posted on · They’re dropping like flies around here! Yes, sadly, another member of the Houston Public Media family is moving on. Carrie Feibel has accepted a terrific opportunity at NPR member station KQED in San Francisco, and while we’re thrilled she’s staying in the system, we’ll miss her reports from News 88.7’s health and science desk. The […]

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Election Interview With DA Candidate Kim Ogg: Wednesday’s Show (October 5, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we have been devoting time these last few weeks to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and have offered you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we conclude […]

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Hospitals Could Lose Billions When Medicaid Waiver Expires

Posted on · A study conducted by Health Management Associates for the state’s Health and Human Services Commission finds when a Medicaid waiver expires at the end of next year, Texas health care providers will be on the hook for billions in health care costs. We discuss the impact on health care providers and both insured and uninsured Houstonians. We […]

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Medicaid Transformation Waiver: Tuesday’s Show (September 13, 2016)

Posted on · A study conducted by Health Management Associates for the state’s Health and Human Services Commission finds when a Medicaid waiver expires at the end of next year, Texas health care providers will be on the hook for billions in health care costs. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the impact on health care providers and […]

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Third Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 1, 2016)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our third annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you’re new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on everything you need […]

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Baylor College of Medicine and NASA Team Up On New Space Institute

Posted on · NASA has awarded Baylor College of Medicine a grant of $246 million over six years (with the potential to expand to 12 years) to develop the NASA Translational Research Institute (NTRI), which will be the new home for the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor. The center will focus on new research and treatments for long-duration […]

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Only In Houston and Health in Space: Thursday’s Show (July 28, 2016)

Posted on · Houston touts many wonderful qualities. There’s a variety of restaurants and cuisine, a high employment rate and diverse cultures. Of course, living in the fourth-largest city in the country has its drawbacks (the traffic and the humidity are probably high on everyone’s list). At some point — whether you’re originally from Houston or not — you’ve probably picked up on a […]

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What’s Houston’s Next ‘Moon Shot’?

Posted on · On this date 47 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. It was one of Space City’s greatest moments — and one of humankind’s, as well. But it really began, in earnest, seven years earlier when President John F. Kennedy, in a speech at Rice University, challenged America “to go to the moon…in this decade…because that goal will serve […]

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Houston’s Next Moon Shot: Wednesday’s Show (July 20, 2016)

Posted on · On this date 47 years ago, Neil Armstrong became the first man on the moon. It was one of Space City’s greatest moments — and one of humankind’s, as well. But it really began, in earnest, seven years earlier when President John F. Kennedy, in a speech at Rice University, challenged America “to go to the moon…in this decade…because that goal will serve […]

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Scientists Compete in Crafting ‘Elevator Speeches’ for Their Research

Posted on · If you’re trying to get ahead in your career – or just sell an idea – you’ve probably been told to craft an “elevator speech.” It’s a clear, brief message about yourself and your work, a tiny talk you’ve memorized for interviews, meetings – or that chance encounter in the elevator with your company’s president. […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Two Provisions of Texas Abortion Law

Posted on · The US Supreme Court this morning (June 27, 2016), in a 5-3 ruling, struck down two provisions of a Texas law regulating abortion: one requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admissions privileges within 30 miles; the other requiring clinics that provide abortions to meet the standards of outpatient surgical centers. The state argued […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Provisions: Monday’s Show (June 27, 2016)

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court this morning (June 27, 2016), in a 5-3 ruling, struck down two provisions of a Texas law regulating abortion:  one requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admissions privileges within 30 miles; the other requiring clinics that provide abortions to meet the standards of outpatient surgical centers. The state argued […]

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Will Texas Have Enough Doctors Who Can Perform Abortions?

Posted on · In Texas, clinics that provide abortion are struggling to comply with strict new laws. More than 20 clinics have already closed, and one of the Texas laws is now being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court. But there’s another related issue unfolding  much more quietly: the number of doctors who provide abortions in Texas is declining. […]

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Whistleblowers, State Contracts, and Emancipation Park: Thursday’s Show (June 16, 2016)

Posted on · Back in April, the Houston Independent School District suspended chief executive auditor Richard Patton. According to the Houston Chronicle, in a complaint he filed with HISD just a couple of weeks ago, Patton says the school board suspended him for being a whistleblower, questioning potential illegal activity. The complaint opens up the possibility for Patton to […]