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Full Show: Gun Control Debate Surfaces Again, And Ask The Allergy Doctor (Oct. 3, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's edition of Houston Matters: How might the mass shooting in Las Vegas affect several pieces of gun-related legislation backed by Texas lawmakers? Also, an allergy expert answers your questions. And a Houston ensemble continues toward its goal of performing music from 20 different global cultures.

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Texas Music Festival Provides an Escape for Venezuelan Violist

Posted on · Music offers an escape for musician Abraham Martin. He plays the viola, and rehearsing and performing helps him escape a little from the ongoing turmoil in his home country of Venezuela. Lately, he’s been escaping a little bit more during the intense four weeks of training and rehearsing for the Texas Music Festival at the […]

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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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Songs of Revelry, Love and Scorn at Saint Arnold Brewery

Posted on · (Above: Performers from Prima Volta, an organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston: (L-R) Heath Martin, baritone, Anna Diemer, soprano, Megan Berti, mezzo-soprano, Brian Yeakley, tenor, Andreea Muţ, pianist. Photo: Randy Eckman) Prima Volta is a local organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston. Every […]

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Houston’s Hidden Treasures, and The 1970s I-45 Houston to Galveston Murders: Thursday (April 27, 2017)

Posted on · Houston is a big city, home to a number of popular attractions. We have popular restaurants like Ninfa’s and House of Pies. We have NASA, the Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Galleria — all kinds of things that are old standbys that most people probably know about. But what about the more obscure stuff? What […]

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DiverseCity: Natalie Lin, A Musician’s Profile

Posted on · Houston’s music schools attract a broad variety of students, from different backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities. One of them is Rice University violinist Natalie Lin. She’s lived in the United States for about ten years, but she started somewhere considerably far away. In a profile for Houston Public Media’s new DiverseCity initiative, Joshua Zinn looks at […]

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Mercury Celebrates Holiday Season With “A Mexican Baroque Christmas”

Posted on · When you think of traditional holiday music, you might not think of Mexico. But the local chamber ensemble Mercury will highlight the sacred sounds of 17th-century Mexico with performances of A Mexican Baroque Christmas through Dec. 3. It’s part of the ensemble’s Neighborhood Concert Series. To learn more about the program – and to hear […]

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Revamping Foster Care and Building Better Suburbs: Wednesday’s Show (November 30, 2016)

Posted on · In March, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt by the State of Texas to pause a revamp of its foster care system. The court appointed two Special Masters to oversee the system revamp. Francis McGovern and Kevin Ryan began their appointed positions in April. Then, earlier this  month, the Special Masters […]