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Full Show: Texas Children In Poverty, And Lessons From American Presidents At War (Nov. 15, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: A new study says one in five Texas children lives in poverty. Historian Michael Beschloss discusses his book, Presidents of War. We answer your winter gardening questions. And performers tell us about their show, Midtown Live.

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Should Pre-K Funding Be a Priority in the 2017 Legislative Session?

Posted on · Back in 2015, lawmakers set aside some $130 million over two years for some pre-K programs in the state. But did House Bill 4 go far enough? The Austin-based think tank the Center for Public Policy Priorities recently suggested that, while research shows positive results for state-supported pre-K programs, Texas regularly receives low marks for […]

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The Annual Kinder Houston Area Survey: Monday’s Show (April 25, 2016)

Posted on · For 35 years, Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research has been providing analysis and color for Houston’s citizens. From religion to the workforce and everything in between, this survey — the longest running in the U.S. — gives a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the inhabitants of our city, as well as a drill-down into the nitty-gritty of […]

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Study: Texas Still Among Ten Worst States To Be a Child

Posted on · The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released Tuesday. The annual publication assesses child well-being by state, and, once again this year, the report ranks Texas low based on economic, educational and healthcare data, among other metrics. We talk with Jennifer Lee, research associate with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, about […]

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Should Taxpayers Support Childcare Costs for Grandparents or Other Relatives Raising a Child?

Posted on · About a quarter of a million Texas kids live with some family member, or close friend, other than their parents. This keeps them out of foster care, but can put a financial strain on their caregivers, for which there’s little public financial support. Should there be? A senior policy analyst with the progressive think tank, the […]

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Contract Doctors in ERs Often Leave Texans with Unexpected Medical Bills

Posted on · For many of us with health insurance, we know if we get treatment from a doctor who’s in our health insurance’s network the price of that treatment will be cheaper. And if you see a provider outside your network the price could often be significantly higher. Therefore, it makes sense that if you have to […]

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Surprise Medical Bills and Austin City Limits Turns 40: Houston Matters for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Posted on · It seems straight-forward enough: With most health insurance plans, if you’re treated by a doctor in your plan’s network, the cost of that treatment will be less than if you see someone outside the network. So, if you need to go to the emergency room, it would stand to reason you’re better off going to […]

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Kids Count Report and Women’s Health: Houston Matters for Monday, July 28, 2014

Posted on · The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released last week. It’s the 25th edition of the report, and it once again shows Texas ranks low among the U.S. states in overall child well-being. That ranking is based on a variety of factors, including education (more than half of Texas children […]