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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 Drafthouse Cinema […]

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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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Tomato Republic: Documentary Chronicles Small-Town Politics

Posted on · Election Day is just six days away, and maybe you’re exhausted with the campaign ads for the governor’s or lieutenant governor’s races. Or maybe you’ve learned to just tune them out. After all, campaigning seems to start earlier and earlier every election cycle. We’re all pretty used to how campaigns are run at the national […]

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High Speed Rail, Chemo Brain, and Tomato Republic: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Posted on · What’s the secret to community buy-in for a high-speed rail project? Location, location, location. Last spring, we spoke with former Harris County judge and Texas Central Railway President Robert Eckels about his company’s effort to construct a privately funded bullet train between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Texas Central Railway first proposed the plan to build the rail […]

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Film Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Big Oil Deals are Made

Posted on · A new documentary about the oil industry is screening this week in Houston. “Big Men” gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how billion-dollar oil deals are made both at home and abroad. Houston Matters’ Michael Hagerty had a chance to talk with one of the ‘big men” featured in the film, a Houstonian who helped […]

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How Winning the Spelling Bee Changed One Houstonian’s Life

Posted on · The 2014 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee takes place tomorrow (March 29, 2014). The bee features the top 55 young spellers from more than a thousand schools from East Texas to Austin. They’ll compete for the opportunity to represent Greater Houston in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. It’s great fun watching these […]