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Political Roundup, and The Gatekeepers: Wednesday’s Show (April 19, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political roundup and analysis of national, state and local political stories. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss everything from Vice President Mike Pence warning the North Korean leader that the “era of strategic patience is over,” to Sec. of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Russia and discuss how these developments might […]

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Matthew Salesses Discusses His Debut Novel: The Hundred-Year Flood

Posted on · Imagine being 22, a new graduate from college, and taking a job halfway around the world in Prague, in the Czech Republic. It would be easy to feel utterly lost in the world. And that’s exactly where young author Matthew Salesses found himself years ago. And, at the same time, he began writing a fictional […]

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Summer Reading: Short Stories Tackle Everything from Racial Identity to Fast Food

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Tom Williams, author of a collection of short stories called Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales. Williams earned his Ph.D. in Literature […]

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Students Create Unusual Maps of Houston

Posted on · What do megachurches, potholes and wireless networks have in common? The answer is maps. They’re not road maps or weather maps. They’re maps of things like potholes around Lakewood Church. Or maps of Houston’s wireless networks. The work is part of a class at the University of Houston called Creative Mapping that encourages students to […]

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What’s the Connection Between Good Storytelling and Puzzles?

Posted on · What makes a story compelling? Is it the plot? The characters? The thematic subtext? A clear beginning, middle and end? Conflict and resolution? There are lots of things a writer might think about while crafting a story – a lot that he or she may want to accomplish while telling the tale. According to creative […]

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Election Day, School Funding, and Evolution of a Criminal: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Posted on · It’s Election Day! Polls are now open across Greater Houston, as voters cast ballots for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and a number of other statewide offices, as well as for District Attorney in Harris County. There are also ballot initiatives, including Proposition 1, calling for money from the state’s rainy day fund to be diverted to […]

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Is Houston the Starting Point for the Next Great American Writers?

Posted on · The University of Houston’s MFA program in creative writing is one of the more prestigious programs in the country. And that may be just one of several reasons Houston might be an attractive starting point for the next generation of American writers. To discuss whether Houston plays a role in shepherding young writers, we’re joined […]

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Oil Spill Latest, Mental Health, & the Literary Scene: Houston Matters for Monday, March 24, 2014

Posted on · On Saturday, a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. While the barge was carrying a million gallons of marine fuel oil, officials believe just one tank was breached, which would suggest no more than 168,000 gallons spilled into the bay. As crews skimmed oil from the water, and containment booms […]