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University Endowments and Petrochemical Boom: Wednesday’s Show (April 6, 2016)

Posted on · Amid rising tuition, some members of Congress want to know how private universities use their massive endowments. The lawmakers recently sent a letter to a number of schools, including Rice, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Christian University, asking for a response. On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Houston Chronicle higher education reporter […]

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LibroFEST 2015 Celebrates Latino Writers and Literature

Posted on · Hispanic Heritage Month continues through Oct.15, and Latino writers and literature will be celebrated this Saturday at the annual LibroFEST, being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Houston Public Library€™s Central Library downtown. The event kicks off with a screening of €œWar and Peace,€ the third episode in PBS€™ six-part series Latino […]

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School Construction and LibroFEST: Thursday’s Show (October 1, 2015)

Posted on · In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine this budget battle over […]

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Meet Houston’s New Poet Laureate: Robin Davidson

Posted on · Last week, Houston officials announced the city’s new poet laureate is Robin Davidson, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. Davidson is Houston’s second Poet Laureate, following Gwendolyn Zepeda, who was appointed in 2013 and just completed her term. The city’s poet laureate is tasked with representing Houston by creating excitement about […]

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Houston Poet Tells Modern Stories with an Old Art Form: Sonnets

Posted on · When you think of sonnets, perhaps your mind goes immediately to Shakespeare and rhyming, metered verse that’s often about love. But Houston poet Cedric Ary attempts to lend the art form to modern subject matter. Despite being known more for spoken-word poetry and poetry slams, he tells Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu sonnets were his […]

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Space City or the Silicon Bayou: Tuesday’s Show (May 5, 2015)

Posted on · Seeing as how Houston is Space City, we thought it might be appropriate, from time to time, to catch up on developments in outer space exploration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss a number of space-related topics with Dr. Carolyn Sumners, the VP of Astronomy at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George […]

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Houston Poet Melissa Studdard Discusses Rediscovering Her Love for Writing

Posted on · Recently Houston poet Melissa Studdard read some of her work as a part of The Public Poetry Reading Series at Houston Public Library. Studdard’s debut poetry collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, was released last fall by Saint Julian Press. She’s written novels, won the International Book Award and teaches at Lone Star College-Tomball. Houston […]

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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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Poverty, Health and Education: Wednesday’s show (February 11, 2015)

Posted on · According to 2013 data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 51 percent of America’s public school students were eligible for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program in the 2012-2013 academic year. In Texas, that number rose to 60 percent. It was the first time a majority of students in our public schools met […]

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Super Bowl LI and Campus Carry: Tuesday’s Show (February 10, 2015)

Posted on · Last week’s Super Bowl reminded us of a number of things: That despite off-the-field challenges, the NFL can put on a big show. That two great football teams playing to the best of their abilities can be exciting to watch. That depressing commercials might not be the best idea. And that it’ll be Houston’s turn in […]

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‘Sanders Family Christmas’ Hearkens Back to the Days of Traveling Gospel Shows

Posted on · The holidays are perhaps one of the few times these days when we sing songs together. Well, a musical production called called “Sanders Family Christmas,” playing now at Texas Repertory Theatre, hearkens back to a time when that was more common — the 1940s — and centers around the fictional Sanders family of North Carolina, […]

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Houston Poet André de Korvin Mixes Whimsy and the Serious

Posted on · As a young man, his first poem was written in French to impress the girls. But, since then, Houstonian André de Korvin has written poetry in English, and often about much more serious subjects — such as the social upheaval and political turmoil he’s witnessed during his life. He was born in Berlin to Russian […]

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Lone Star Nation, Tough Talks with Kids, and André de Korvin: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 30, 2014

Posted on · In his new book Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America, Richard Parker examines how his native Texas has changed dramatically in the last 30 years – and how it’s in the midst of change right now and will continue to be so in the years to come. He notes how the suburbs of Houston in […]

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Houston’s Poetry Scene is Thriving

Posted on · April is National Poetry Month, and there are many poets living, working and publishing in Greater Houston. Catherine Lu of Houston Public Media’s Arts & Culture Unit recently spoke with several Houston poets about how Houston influences their work, and we hear highlights from those conversations. More: Full Conversations with Houston Poets: Robin Davidson Mike […]

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Biofuels, Summer Jobs for Teens, & Houston Poets: Houston Matters for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, leading up to Earth Day this weekend, Houston Matters has been exploring efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy, those that might someday help us to dramatically reduce carbon emissions. In past weeks, we discussed solar energy, hydrogen, and wind power. On this edition of the program, […]