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Full Show: Lost Restaurants, And Houston Ballet Gets A New Floor (Oct. 24, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss the economic impact of the World Series coming to Houston. We recall the important local restaurants of yore that have since disappeared. And we learn about the Houston Ballet getting a new floor, which will enable performances to continue after Harvey.

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Full Show: Extended Days At Some HISD Schools, And Previewing ‘The Vietnam War’ (Sept. 15, 2017)

Posted on · On Friday’s edition of Houston Matters: Students at a dozen HISD campuses will have longer school days to make up for lost time after Harvey. We examine the process of cleaning up storm debris in one neighborhood. And Ken Burns and Lynn Novick preview their new documentary series The Vietnam War.

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Expansion Will Double the Size of Houston’s Holocaust Museum

Posted on · (Above: An artist’s rendering of the renovation and expansion planned for Holocaust Museum Houston. Image Courtesy: HMH) Holocaust Museum Houston has announced plans to more than double its size, making it the nation’s fourth-largest Holocaust museum. Some two-thirds of the current museum, located on Caroline Street in the Museum District, will be torn down to […]

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Political Roundup, and Lessons to Learn From Austin: Wednesday’s Show (June 21, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this week’s edition, we discuss everything from the status of the healthcare bill in the Senate, to Texas joining a ten-state coalition supporting the constitutionality of President Trump’s executive order regarding sanctuary cities, to whether or not […]

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How the ‘Rocky’ Theme Became the Personal Anthem for Outgoing Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski

Posted on · (Above:Michael Krajewski served as the Houston Symphony’s principal pops conductor for 17 years before his final concerts May 26-28, 2017. Photo: Derek Stokely | Houston Public Media)For well over a decade, Michael Krajewski has had an inside joke with Houston audiences: he likes to pump up the crowd and add a little pizzazz to the […]

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Political Roundup, and Energy Trends Reshaping America’s Future: Wednesday’s Show (May 31, 2017)

Posted on · The 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature wrapped up this week with some contention — and even threats of violence. Also, lawmakers passed a $217 billion budget to run the state for the next two year, and Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll decide sometime this week if he wants to call a special session […]

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Houston Poet Varsha Saraiya-Shah

Posted on · In the fourth installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet Varsha Saraiya-Shah, and she reads her poem called, “For a Man With One Earring,” which was inspired by a moment in traffic on the 610 Loop. Varsha Saraiya-Shah’s chapbook of poetry, […]

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Niki Herd: Poetry is Her Weapon

Posted on · In the third installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet Niki Herd. She describes how her poems begin on scraps of paper and how poetry is her weapon, and she reads her poem, “Girrl.” Herd grew up in Cleveland and earned degrees in […]

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Houston Poet Glynn Monroe Irby

Posted on · In the second installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet, Glynn Monroe Irby, and we hear one of his poems. He talks about his love of Dylan Thomas and the Texas landscape, and he reads his scenic poem, Imagi 31. Glynn Monroe […]

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Houston Poet Kristi Beer Reads Her Poem ‘Snapshot’

Posted on · In this first installment of the 2017 edition of Houston Public Media’s poetry series Voices and Verses, produced by Catherine Lu, we meet Houston poet, Kristi Beer, and hear an intimate and evocative poem called Snapshot. Kristi Beer works for the nonprofit literary organization, Inprint. She has a B.A. from the University of Iowa and […]

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Gregory Pardlo on Being Rejected By Publishers

Posted on · April is National Poetry Month, and tonight (April 3, 2017), poets Ada Limón and Gregory Pardlo will give a reading as a part of Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu recently spoke with Pardlo about his work and his collection of poetry called Digest, which won him the Pulitzer Prize […]

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Going from Introvert to Slam Poet: Inside the Bayou City Poetry Slam Fest

Posted on · (L-R: Poets Savannah Blue and Rain. Photo: Catherine Lu, Houston Public Media) Slam poetry performers from around the country are converging on Houston Friday and Saturday (March 24-25, 2017) for the Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival at the Houston Community College Performing Arts Center and the Alley Theatre. Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu talked with Savannah […]

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A Lesson in Tap Dancing From Choreographer Jason Samuels Smith

Posted on · Emmy Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Jason Samuels Smith was in Houston last week (Feb. 9, 2017) to give a master class on tap at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center in Meyerland. And we wondered: could he teach all of Houston to tap over the radio? He dropped by our Geary Performance Studio to […]

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A News Open Line: Tuesday’s Show (February 14, 2017)

Posted on · Amid a White House characterizing the media as the “opposition party,” instant feedback – both positive and negative – via social media, coarsened public discourse on, well, everything that seems to even challenge objective facts, and long-standing debate in the public – and in media itself — over the role journalists should play, it can […]

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Grammy Winner Leads the Houston Symphony in Handel’s “Messiah”

Posted on · The Houston Symphony performs Handel’s Messiah this weekend (Dec. 16-18), featuring Grammy-winning conductor Stephen Stubbs in his Houston Symphony debut leading the concert from the harpsichord. The piece tells the story of Jesus Christ’s nativity, passion, resurrection, and ascension. Stuctured in three parts and includes famous melodies “Ev’ry Valley” and the glorious “Hallelujah Chorus” All concerts will take […]