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Houston Symphony Choir Turns 70

Posted on · Seventy years ago tomorrow (Oct. 29, 1946), the Houston Symphony Chorus held its first rehearsal. To learn more about the official choral performance arm of the Houston Symphony, which is directed by Andrés Orozco Estrada, we hear from the chorus’ director Betsy Cook Weber. This piece was produced by Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu.

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METRO Redesign Update: Friday’s Show (October 28, 2016)

Posted on · It’s been about 14 months since METRO redesigned its bus routes in Houston. When the redesign was launched, METRO touted it as a means to provide “simpler, faster, more frequent service.” A little over a year in, did it work? Has ridership increased? What still needs to be improved? On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Ben Kingsley Performs ‘Peter and the Wolf’ With the Houston Symphony

Posted on · This Saturday (Sept. 17, 2016), the Houston Symphony, under the direction of conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, will perform Prokofiev’s classic children’s story set to music, Peter and the Wolf. And that’s a bit of a departure for the symphony in terms of a season opener – at least until you learn who’s narrating it: actor and […]

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Segregation, Construction Numbers and Ben Kingsley: Thursday’s Show (September 15, 2016)

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the “most diverse city in America.” And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that’s correct. Houston exhibits something called “the entropy index,” meaning our city comes closer than any other […]

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What Awaits in the New Season for Houston Performing Arts — A Preview of the Theater District Open House

Posted on · This Sunday (Aug. 28, 2016) from noon to 5 p.m. is the annual Theater District Open House, where Houston many theater and arts organizations showcase their upcoming seasons and allow patrons to get a behind-the-scenes view of how they operate. This week, Houston Public Media’s arts and culture team has been talking with folks from […]

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Houston Poet Conor Bracken

Posted on · April is the 20th annual National Poetry Month. In conjunction, each Monday this month we’re meeting Houston-based poets. On this edition, we meet Conor Bracken. Originally from Virginia, Bracken teaches and writes in Houston. His work has been published in — or forthcoming from — Handsome, the minnesota review, Ninth Letter, Puerto del Sol, and Thrush Poetry Journal, among […]

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The Art of Three Generations Combines in One Performance of Poetry and Dance

Posted on · Over the past year or so, we’ve been sharing the stories of Houstonians who’ve followed in the career footsteps of their loved ones in our occasional series The Family Business. However, today we bring you the story of a family whose members, with each passing generation, tried to rebel against the family business, which was […]

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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 […]