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From Auto Show to Art Cars: A Glimpse into Houston’s Car Culture

Posted on · Love cars? Then this week in Houston is definitely for you! From the 30th annual Houston Art Car Parade to the 2017 Houston Auto Show, enthusiasts will have a lot of opportunities to check out lots of cars. Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin hits the streets to learn what makes Houston such a thrilling place […]

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Inclusion and Diversity In Higher Ed, and Regulating Truck Drivers: Tuesday’s Show (April 4, 2017)

Posted on · Texas A&M University at Galveston has been hosting a two-day Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education this week (April 3-4, 2017). Among the topics featured at the conference are creating inclusive higher education environments and curriculum; challenges facing international students, faculty and staff; and expanding access to education by underrepresented populations. We talk […]

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Bringing the DeLorean Back to the Future

Posted on · DeLoreans are going back into production. The stainless steel-bodied, gullwing-doored time machines from the Back to the Future trilogy stopped being made when the original DeLorean Motor Company went bankrupt in the 1980s. But a new company, based near Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, and new owners have worked to change some of the laws regulating […]

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Making a Hobby Out of Helping Stranded Motorists

Posted on · We learn about Walt Brinker, who’s made a hobby of stopping and helping other motorists with car problems. He’s written a book about everything he’s learned over the years. It’s called Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns. He says about 75 percent of the problems he’s encountered were tired-related issues.

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Will Texas Ever Allow Car Makers Like Tesla Sell Directly to the Consumer?

Posted on · Elon Musk’s auto company Tesla Motors sells electric cars directly to the public through self-owned stores, not dealers. It’s a shift in approach for the auto industry, which has operated for a century with dealerships serving as the middle man between automakers and consumers. But Tesla can’t open stores in Texas, or four other U.S. […]

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Tesla in Texas: Wednesday’s show (March 11, 2015)

Posted on · Elon Musk’s auto company Tesla Motors sells electric cars directly to the public through self-owned stores, not dealers. It’s a shift in approach for the auto industry, which has operated for a century with dealerships serving as the middle man between automakers and consumers. But Tesla can’t open stores in Texas, or four other U.S. […]

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Is Houston Becoming More Friendly for the Car-less?

Posted on · We posed this question to you last year: is it possible to live in Houston without a car? Some Houstonians would characterize such an idea as pure folly. There’s too much of Houston that isn’t walkable, too much that’s too far away from public transportation to make life in Houston manageable without a car. But […]

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Wrongful Convictions & Living Car Free: Tuesday’s Show (February 17, 2015)

Posted on · We posed this question to you last year: is it possible to live in Houston without a car? Some Houstonians would characterize such an idea as pure folly. There’s too much of Houston that isn’t walkable, too much that’s too far away from public transportation to make life in Houston manageable without a car. But […]

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Making a Hobby Out of Helping Stranded Motorists

Posted on · We learn about Walt Brinker, who’s made a hobby of stopping and helping other motorists with car problems. He’s written a book about everything he’s learned over the years. It’s called Roadside Survival: Low-Tech Solutions to Automobile Breakdowns. He says about 75 percent of the problems he’s encountered were tired-related issues.