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Archive Hosts Relics of Houston Blues

Posted on · The University of Houston has become the keeper of Houston’s blues history. The UH Digital Library recently published an online collection of publicity photos and books that detail recording sessions from Houston’s old Duke and Peacock Record Labels. The blues history of Houston touches on the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Bobby […]

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Planned Parenthood Dropped from Medicaid: Tuesday’s Show (October 20, 2015)

Posted on · The State of Texas is removing Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program, leaving the state’s low-income women on Medicaid unable to seek medical services there unrelated to abortion, including cervical cancer screenings and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. The move comes in reaction to undercover videos released by the anti-abortion group The Center for Medical […]

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How We Talk About Race: Thursday’s Show (August 27, 2015)

Posted on · Each generation approaches conversations about race differently. Baby Boomers who lived through the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s see the world differently from Gen Xers, who grew up in a desegregated — but still in some ways disconnected and often unequal — society. Millennials live in a digital age in which seemingly everything is […]

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McCartney Relatives to Bring Beatles Stories to Houston

Posted on · Next week, former Beatle Paul McCartney turns 73. What does that have to do with Houston? Well, two of his relatives will be here then – his stepmother Angie, and his stepsister Ruth. They'll attend a number of events during their stay, including the three-day Springboard South Music Festival, which starts June 21. News 88.7 […]

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The 5th Circuit Rules on Clinics Providing Abortions: Wednesday’s show (June 10, 2015)

Posted on · The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans Tuesday upheld nearly all of the provisions in a controversial law which could leave fewer than ten health clinics in Texas that provide abortions. The three judge panel upheld House Bill 2‘s requirements for such facilities to meet the standards of hospital-style surgical […]

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Bobby Whitlock: You Might Not Know His Name, But You Know His Music

Posted on · You might not know the name Bobby Whitlock, but you probably know his music. He co-wrote, played and sang on the Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. (He's the one playing that piano coda at the end of Layla). He also performed on George Harrison's triple-solo album All Things Must […]

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Full-Day Pre-K and Bobby Whitlock: Thursday’s show (February 19, 2015)

Posted on · Legislation recently filed in the Texas House would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day prekindergarten programs. The measure provides additional state funding for districts that agree to adopt a number of policies for those programs. Almost half of school districts in the state currently fund full-day programs, even though the state […]

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Rule Change Gives GOP Stronger Hold on Texas Senate

Posted on · On Wednesday, the Texas Senate voted to eliminate what has come to be known as the "two-thirds rule." The move strengthens Republicans' majority power, as it scraps Democrats' ability to block bills on party-line votes. The GOP holds a 20 to 11 Senate majority. The old rule left Republicans a vote short of bringing up […]