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Another Plan for the Dome and Post Oak Boulevard’s Place in History: Friday’s Show (June 24, 2016)

Posted on · Officials are scheduled to meet next week to unveil final plans and cost estimates to re-purpose the Astrodome. Aside from what Judge Emmett and company might unveil then is yet another plan — this one from a Houston architect — that suggests stripping the Dome down to its bare bones. On this edition of Houston […]

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A Murder in Montrose: Documentary Examines How an Infamous Act Changed Houston

Posted on · Recently, Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse joined us to briefly discuss the story of Paul Broussard, a Houston-area banker who was murdered 25 years ago. The murder occurred not far from a Houston nightclub in what was then considered a gay-bashing incident by nine high school students and one 22-year-old. How the city responded — […]

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Supreme Court Rulings and Renewing the 287(g) Program: Thursday’s Show (June 23, 2016)

Posted on · On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down decisions in two of the three pending major cases tied to Texas. The court deadlocked 4-4 on President Obama's plan that would have shielded millions of immigrants from deportation. And, in a 4-3 decision, the court upheld the affirmative action program at the University of Texas. On […]

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How Activism in Houston Has Changed Since Paul Broussard’s Murder

Posted on · Recently, Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse joined us to briefly discuss the story of Paul Broussard, a Houston-area banker who was murdered 25 years ago. The murder occurred not far from a Houston nightclub in what was then considered a gay-bashing incident by nine high school students and one 22-year-old. How the city responded — […]

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Defense Attorneys from ‘Making a Murderer’ to Speak in Houston

Posted on · (UPDATE: Dean Strang and Jerry Buting’s speaking engagement in Houston — originally scheduled for May 21 — has been cancelled. A spokeswoman says the attorneys are working to determine if and when a new date in Houston might be rescheduled.) The Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer made a lot of headlines around the holidays […]

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The Astronaut’s Secret: Spacewalking with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on · Rich Clifford is a former astronaut who's logged more than 12 hours of spacewalk time over three shuttle missions during the 1990s. And while that's impressive enough, it might impress you even more to know he conducted one of those spacewalks while carrying a secret he kept from all but one of his crewmates. His […]

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The Astronaut’s Secret: Spacewalking with Parkinson’s Disease

Posted on · Rich Clifford is a former astronaut who's logged more than 12 hours of spacewalk time over three shuttle missions during the 1990s. And while that's impressive enough, it might impress you even more to know he conducted one of those spacewalks while carrying a secret he kept from all but one of his crewmates. His […]

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Documentary Explores the History and Applications for Virtual Reality

Posted on · Virtual reality headsets are said to be among the hottest technology gifts this holiday season. But the technology has taken a while to evolve – and isn’t ubiquitous like maybe we all thought it would be 15 or 20 years ago. Zach Jankovic is a local documentary filmmaker who's working on a film called VR: […]

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Film Chronicles the Career of Unsung Texas Musician Doug Sahm

Posted on · If you want to know what Texas sounds like, listen to the music of the late Doug Sahm. He was a musician who could play every form of indigenous form of Texas music authentically, and his connections to Houston run long and deep. There's a new documentary chronicling Doug's music. Sir Doug and the Genuine […]

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Documentary Tells the Story of East Texas Church Arsons

Posted on · Five years ago, eleven churches across East Texas were burned down. The rash of arsons over a five-week period from January to February that year put communities like Tyler, Athens and Lindale on edge. Some churches resorted to having volunteers spend the night at their congregations to try and prevent them from burning too. Two […]

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Changing Attitudes About Football and East Texas Church Arson: Monday’s Show (April 6, 2015)

Posted on · Last month, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland abruptly announced his retirement from the NFL after just one season. He wasn't injured. He was, however, concerned about the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma. With all that we know – and all that we don't know – about the physical and emotional toll exacted on […]

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Deli Man: Ziggy Gruber Talks About the Art of Delicatessens

Posted on · On Friday (2/27/15), the new documentary Deli Man opens nationwide, including here in Houston at the River Oaks Theatre. The film tells the story of the American delicatessen, largely through a Houston guide – Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation deli man, and the owner and operator of Kenny and Ziggy's New York Delicatessen. Houston Matters’ Craig […]

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Houston Bank Robber Uses Film to Make Amends with His Victims and Family

Posted on · Darius Monroe was an honor student who at 16, robbed a bank. Years later, he returned home to Houston to learn how his actions affected family, friends, and victims of the robbery. He’s made a film about it, called Evolution of A Criminal. The film is showing Oct. 31 — Nov. 6 at the Alamo […]