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Truth About Houston’s Economy: Wednesday’s Show (February 18, 2015)

Posted on · Late last month, Forbes magazine published its list of the fastest growing U.S. cities for 2015. Houston ranked No. 1. Austin was No. 2. Dallas was third. Fort Worth and San Antonio also cracked the top ten. The list is based on population growth, employment data, and other economic indicators. Even with oil prices dropping […]

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Bob Lanier, Homelessness, Cuba and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier passed away Saturday at the age of 89. Affectionately known as "Mayor Bob," Lanier served as mayor from 1992 to 1998. Bill White served as Mayor of Houston from 2004 to 2010, and on this edition of Houston Matters he joins us to share his memories of Lanier. Then: According […]

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Economic Forecast, Chemical Safety, and Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today's Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the […]

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Houston Authors Bill White, Lacy Johnson, David Berg and More: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we speak with authors either traveling through or living in Greater Houston. Some write about historical events, others tell personal stories, still others pen books reflecting on our life and times. On this special edition of the program, we listen back to some of our favorite author interviews. […]

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First Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our first annual “newcomers guide to Houston.” Whether you’re new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in H-town, this will be a must listen. We’ll cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on […]

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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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Customer Service & Political Genetics: Houston Matters for Tues., Aug. 19, 2014

Posted on · Recently, a customer trying to cancel his subscription with Comcast taped his conversation with customer service, in which the Comcast representative on the other end of the line pressed – aggressively, and at times, angrily – to keep him from cancelling. Comcast apologized for the incident, stating that what this customer experienced was not company […]

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Kids Count Report and Women’s Health: Houston Matters for Monday, July 28, 2014

Posted on · The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released last week. It's the 25th edition of the report, and it once again shows Texas ranks low among the U.S. states in overall child well-being. That ranking is based on a variety of factors, including education (more than half of Texas children […]

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What Does the Latest Klineberg Study Tell Us About Houston?

Posted on · The Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey by Rice University will be released today. Now in its 33rd year, the survey is the nation’s longest-running study of any metropolitan area’s economy, population, life experiences, beliefs and attitudes. Its author, sociology professor and co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Dr. Stephen Klineberg, shares the latest […]

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How Are Houston Small Businesses Faring in Houston Economy?

Posted on · Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this was a big weekend for holiday shoppers. It was also a big weekend for small businesses in Houston. That’s because Small Business Saturday encourages customers to shop local. So today, we’re taking a look at how small businesses are faring in Houston. Are they thriving or dying out? […]