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New Sheriff Ron Hickman Discusses Changes to His Department and Diversity of His Staff

Posted on · On May 12, Harris County Commissioners appointed Ron Hickman as the interim county sheriff after former Sheriff Adrian Garcia stepped down to formally run for Houston mayor. Sheriff Hickman tells Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin about changes he’s made to the department since the appointment and answers criticism about the diversity of his staff.

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The Million: Stories of Houston’s Many Foreign-Born Residents

Posted on · In Harris County, more than one million residents – that’s one in four people — were born in a foreign country. Today, Houston Public Media began its first installment in a year-long series called “The Million” with our partners at the Houston Chronicle. It explores how diversity shapes our region. The series started with a […]

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Texas Population Growth and The Million: Monday’s Show (March 30, 2015)

Posted on · Between recent census figures and a new report from the Office of the State Demographer, growth is the word on many people’s lips in Texas. The report says the state’s population could double by 2050. That’s if migration patterns continue along the same trends seen from 2000 to 2010. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Why is Houston A Top Destination for the World’s Refugees?

Posted on · According to the Refugee Resettlement Program of Texas, last year the Lone Star state took in more than seven thousand refugees; more than two thousand found their way to Houston. Such refugees, persecuted in their homeland, have been given legal entrance to the United States. They come from homes they didn’t really want to leave, but […]

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Houston Diversity, Closing Recycling Centers & New Texans Coach: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · New census data tell us one in four people in Harris County is originally from another country; recycling centers are closing because more people are getting their big green bins; and the Texans hire a man well-versed in righting a troubled football ship in Bill O’Brien: It’s The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Houston […]

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Houston: We Have Dengue Fever. Why Are New Diseases Showing Up in H-Town?

Posted on · Houston’s diversity and sheer size mean more people are coming in and out of the city from many different places. That means the city is seeing cases of diseases not typically seen here in the past — even tropical diseases once thought to be exclusive to urban areas of the poorest countries in Africa, Asia and […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Sept. 19, 2013

Posted on · We’ve explored Houston’s diversity many times on this program. We’ve also examined how the Montrose neighborhood in Houston, in particular, has long had a reputation for being gay-friendly. Many Houstonians also point to one of our political leaders as a demonstration of how we’re ahead of the curve, as the only major city with a […]

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How Immigration Reform will Affect Houston

Posted on · The so-called “Gang of Eight” in Congress seems poised to announce their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was in Houston last week to discuss it. And rallies calling for such reform took place across the country on Wednesday, including here in Houston, where participants and onlookers alike shared strong opinions […]

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Houston Matters (really, it does)

Posted on · Greetings! And thanks for visiting Houston Matters’ website! What is Houston Matters, you ask? Well, first and foremost, it’s a radio program, which you can hear Fridays at noon on KUHF 88.7 FM in Houston. During each hour of Houston Matters, we investigate the issues and ideas, people and places that make Houston…well…Houston! We talk […]