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Full Show: What Asylum-Seekers Are Fleeing, And Comedian Mo Amer (June 29, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn what drives so many asylum seekers to flee their home countries in Central and South America and make the dangerous journey to the United States. Then, our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of The Week’s News. And Houston Comedian Mo Amer talks about his journey into comedy and his fateful plane ride with Eric Trump.

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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 […]