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Full Show: Lessons From Small-Town Politics, And Comedian Lewis Black (April 24, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: HISD's board meets tonight to discuss a plan to fix ten failing schools. And a Texas redistricting case goes before the US Supreme Court. Then, a former politician shares the lessons he learned working in small-town government. And comedian Lewis Black reminds us why he once called Houston "the end of the universe."

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Full Show: Gymnast Lawsuit, And Comedy In The Era Of Political Correctness (April 19, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We learn about lawsuits filed in Harris County against former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Then, we learn about efforts to engage more minorities and the economically disadvantaged in becoming "makers." And Houston-area comedians discuss how to still be funny in a more politically correct world.

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Everything Is Horrible And Wonderful: A Sister Looks For Answers In Her Brother’s Death

Posted on · After her brother died of a heroin overdose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs wrote her memoir, Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful, about -- and to -- her late brother, Harris, who was an accomplished comedy writer and producer.

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Mystery Science Theater Alums Discuss the Art of Movie Riffing

Posted on · (Above: L-R Frank Conniff as TV’s Frank and Trace Beaulieu as Dr. Clayton Forrester in the early days of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”) The revival of the cult TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 debuted on Netflix last month (April 14, 2017). The show’s premise is all an excuse just to hear a guy — no […]

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Yellow Rose Comedy Festival Showcases Female Comics

Posted on · (Above: Sisters Emily and Liz Padjen, organizers of the Yellow Rose Comedy Festival. Photo: Michael Hagerty | Houston Public Media) Friday and Saturday (May 12-13, 2017), Houston hosts its first-ever all-female comedy festival at Warehouse Live. It’s called the Yellow Rose Comedy Festival. The two-day festival formed out of frustration when local comedian Liz Padjen complained […]

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Whole Woman’s Health Clinic Reopens, and Improper Teacher-Student Relationship: Thursday’s Show (May 11, 2017)

Posted on · It’s been nearly a year (June 27, 2016)) since the US Supreme Court struck down two provisions of a Texas law regulating abortion. The clinic at the center of the case in Austin is reopening to patients for the first time in three years, the first to do so since Texas’ House Bill 2 forced […]

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How a Comedian Ran for Mayor In Iceland and Won — Then Fell In Love with Houston

Posted on · (Above: Houston Public Media’s Edel Howlin poses in 2015 with comedian Jon Gnarr, who once served as the mayor of Iceland’s biggest city.) It’s not that surprising to find all sorts of interesting people rolling through Houston. It is, after all, the nation’s fourth-largest city. And we’re a major player in all sorts of industries. […]

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Cheech Marin Discusses His Career and Reminds You: Don’t Call Him ‘Chong’

Posted on · (Above: Cheech and Cohen – Comedian Cheech Marin and Houston Matters host Craig Cohen. Photo: Abner Fletcher, Houston Public Media) Whatever you do, don’t call Cheech Marin “Chong.” The comedian is tired of being mistaken for his longtime comedy partner Tommy Chong, and he discusses his relationship with his former partner – and his career […]

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Hidden Worlds of WWI, and Comedian Cheech Marin: Thursday’s Show (April 6, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The underground dining area of a WWI French soldier, as photographed by Houston doctor Jeff Gusky. Image Courtesy: jeffgusky.com) When we think of the brutal warfare of World War I, we tend to think of the 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians dead, of infantrymen waging war with guns and grenades, hiding in muddy […]