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Conversations We’re Thankful For: Tuesday’s Show (November 22, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s show we’re doing a sort of not-so-secret Santa. Members of the Houston Matters team drew each other’s names at random, and, throughout this hour, they’ll present examples of another producer’s work that they’re thankful for. To get things started, Michael Hagerty selected a recent conversation between Paige Phelps and Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the […]

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Slavery By Another Name: The History of Convict Leasing in Texas

Posted on · Rice University recently displayed a small exhibit on a subject of Texas history you may not be aware of: convict leasing – the use of prison labor right after the Civil War. Historians say it predominately affected African Americans. Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin reports on the past and present implications of the convict lease […]

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Highway Fonts and Convict Leasing: Wednesday’s Show (March 23, 2016)

Posted on · Highway signs are carefully regulated. They have to be a certain height and color. Most importantly, of course, they have to be as legible as possible, and that’s why there are standard rules for lettering. Back in 2004, Texas and some other states opted to use a new, independently designed font called Clearview instead of the […]