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Full Show: Violence In Schools, Confederate Symbols, And NPR’s Carrie Johnson (Jan. 25, 2019)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: Federal workers protest the shutdown. A new study examines violence in HISD schools. We discuss the messages Confederate icons convey to the public. We break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. And NPR's Carrie Johnson talks about covering the Justice Department.

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Should We Destroy Symbols of Hate or Preserve Them as History?

Posted on · A federal jury recently (Jan. 10, 2017) determined Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for killing nine African Americans in an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015. After the shooting, political leaders in South Carolina and Alabama responded by removing the Confederate battle flag from their state capitol buildings. Of course, there’s long […]

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Who Was Dick Dowling And Should Dowling Street Be Renamed?

Posted on · Earlier this month, State Rep. Garnet Coleman announced the beginning of an effort to change the name of Houston’s Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue. Dowling Street was named after Richard “Dick” Dowling, who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. But who exactly was Dick Dowling? Dr. Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history at Rice […]

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How Do Houston Streets Get Named — And Sometimes Renamed?

Posted on · Last week, the Prairie View City Council upheld its decision to rename University Drive in honor of Sandra Bland. Naming and renaming streets in the city of Houston can be a lengthy and sometimes controversial process. So, today, we explore why and how streets are named and renamed and what prompts the process. We hear your […]

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How Have Conversations About Race Changed in Houston?

Posted on · This past Friday morning, Dallas police received reports a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a park named for him had been vandalized. Someone spray-painted the word “shame” on the base of the statue. The incident came two weeks after protesters gathered in the park to hold an “undedication” ceremony. And it was reported […]

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Healing Racism, Gardening and the Astros’ First Half: Monday’s Show (July 13, 2015)

Posted on · This past Friday morning, Dallas police received reports a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a park named for him had been vandalized. Someone spray-painted the word “shame” on the base of the statue. The incident came two weeks after protesters gathered in the park to hold an “undedication” ceremony. And it was reported […]

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What Should Become of Confederate Symbols In Houston?

Posted on · After the fatal church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, there has been a nationwide debate over not just the Confederate flag, but other symbols of the old South, including some monuments dedicated to the Confederacy here in Houston. News 88.7’s Florian Martin asks Houstonians what should become of these symbols in Greater Houston. (Above: The “Spirit […]