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Veterans, Bitcoin, and the Art of Radio Waves: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Posted on · This week, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan to improve the speed of veteran care. President Obama promised military veterans at the American Legion national convention that he would fulfill his “sacred trust” to them by overhauling a system deemed “unacceptable and troubling” by an inspector general's report highlighting a Phoenix VA […]

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Making a Happier Workplace and Theater District Open House: Houston Matters for Friday, August 22, 2014

Posted on · What would make your day-to-day experience at work in Houston better? How could your employer be a better boss? How could you be a better employee? What would improve relationships with co-workers? Workload? Expectations? Responsibilities? How do we make the 9-to-5 daily work grind in Houston better? On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider […]

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Exhibit Highlights the Contributions of African-Americans to Culture and History

Posted on · The Houston Museum of African American Culture is displaying an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act called African American Treasures from The Kinsey Collection. It’s on loan from the Kinsey family through October. Los Angeles natives Bernard, Shirley, and Khalil Kinsey put this collection together over the course of 35 years. […]

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Marketing to Hispanics and Joe Leydon on Roger Ebert: Houston Matters for Friday, July 25, 2014

Posted on · According to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, about 20 percent of Hispanics in Harris County are 16 to 31 years old. It's a group of key importance to marketing agencies. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Alex Lopez Negrete, CEO of Lopez Negrete Communications, a Houston-based Hispanic marketing agency […]

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Ike Dike, Middle School Stress, Dog Show, & Open Call Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Posted on · It's by no means a new idea. But the recently formed Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance is trying to move the coastal barrier idea forward. On this edition of Houston Matters, we'll find out why, and hear the case for what is popularly-known as the “Ike Dike” to protect Galveston Bay communities from storm surge […]

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The Influence of Louisiana Transplants on Houston

Posted on · It's hard to say just how many Louisiana transplants there are in Greater Houston, but their influence is notable. Cajun and Creole culture, from food to music and beyond, can be found here. And that influence began long before the influx of New Orleans transplants, who came here during or after Hurricane Katrina. We discuss […]

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New Report Takes Stock of Houston’s Arts and Cultural Organizations

Posted on · Houston Matters' Edel Howlin learns about an "Arts and Cultural Heritage Community Indicator Report" from The Center for Houston's Future, which examines cultural organizations, arts funding, and jobs in Houston's arts and culture world.

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Jewish Culture in Houston is Growing Beyond ZIP Codes

Posted on · Passover begins next week, on the evening of Monday, April 14. And later this month, Houston Public Media TV 8 presents a new documentary entitled "The Story of the Jews." With those two occasions, we thought we'd take the opportunity to learn about Houston's Jewish population, history, and culture with Michael Duke of the Jewish […]

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Event Hosts Community Members to Highlight Domestic Violence

Posted on · Vox Culture is a cultural/arts/social service organization established here in Houston to help bring attention to social causes in the Houston area in creative ways. March 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. they’re addressing the issue of domestic violence with an event called “Breaking Silence.” The event will feature a panel of leaders and […]

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Festival Celebrates French Culture

Posted on · French language and culture is alive and well in Houston. From a entirely French speaking theatre, to French restaurants and oil companies like Schlumberger. Perhaps this is why there’s a French Cultures Festival, which takes place throughout March in Texas and two other states. The festival kicks off at Discovery Green today and we learn […]

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Fracking Chemicals, Hockey in Houston, Great Art in Ugly Rooms: Houston Matters for Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Posted on · Companies that drill for oil use combinations of chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing process to free oil trapped in rock formations called shale. You probably know that drillers pump thousands of gallons of water mixed with such chemicals down into their wells. You may be aware there are rules about reporting what those chemicals are. […]

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Choreographer Carolyn Dorfman Discusses Houston Performances

Posted on · For more than 30 years, the critically acclaimed Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company has performed high energy contemporary dance. The company performs this week at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center as part of ERJCC’s Dance Month. Catherine Lu of Houston Public Media’s arts and culture unit sat down with Carolyn Dorfman to discuss this weekend’s […]

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Documentary Series Aims to Texas’ Stories one Square Mile at a Time

Posted on · There are 268,820 square miles in Texas. One square mile might be populated by thousands. Another might have only a handful of mesquite trees. In either case, a new documentary series aims to tell the stories of those places one square mile at a time – as microcosms of Texas as a whole. Houston Matters’ […]