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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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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 […]

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Office for New Americans, and Your Year-End Tax Questions: Tuesday (December 20, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (Dec. 12, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner announced he was creating an Office of New Americans and Immigrant Communities for the City of Houston. Mayor Turner said goal is to “improve access to city services for all Houstonians.” And the mayor said the office will work as an information source for Houston’s large immigrant […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for December 3, 2016

Posted on · Houston Matters was ground zero for the launch of Public Media’s year-long DiverseCity initiative, an ongoing look at the many was race effects our lives in Houston. We started with an hour-long town hall to talk about law enforcement and people of color intersect. We hear an excerpt of that dialogue. Our guests include: Harris County […]

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Before You’re Thankful, Get Some Pre-Thanksgiving Pet Peeves Off Your Chest

Posted on · Every few months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in […]

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Comedian Hari Kondabolu on Race, Politics and NPR Pledge Drives

Posted on · Comedian Hari Kondabolu performs in Houston Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016) at The Secret Group. A lot of his act focuses on diversity, race and politics, which he says keeps him “on NPR and off television” (even though he’s on TV plenty). Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talked with him about his comedy, but first – since Kondabolu […]

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Hand to God: Cypress Native Takes on Grief and Religion With Puppets

Posted on · Houston native Robert Askins is the playwright behind Hand to God, a dark comedy set in his hometown of Cypress. It tells the story of a young man involved in the puppet ministry at his church, when his puppet – named Tyrone – becomes possessed by the devil. It’s a scenario The New Yorker described […]

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Galveston Bay, Electing Judges and Monty Python: Wednesday’s Show (August 10, 2016)

Posted on · The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) release the latest Galveston Bay Report Card today (Aug. 10, 2016). It’s an annual report that grades the health of the bay based on a number of factors, including water quality and coastal changes. On this edition of Houston Matters, Heather Schiappa with the Galveston Bay Foundation and […]

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Municipal IDs, Pokemon Go, and The Addicts: Tuesday’s show (July 26, 2016)

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s reviewing the possibility the city may create a municipal ID. Municipal IDs are identification cards issued by cities or municipalities, used for a variety of reasons – some good, and some bad, depending on your point of view. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about municipal […]