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Irish Author Colm Tóibín Leaves ‘Brooklyn’ Behind to Write About Ancient Greece

Posted on · (Above: Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. Photo Courtesy: Jesse Costa/WBUR) Award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín is probably best known for his novel Brooklyn, about an Irish girl who emigrates to New York. In 2015, it was turned into a movie starring Saorise Ronan. His latest novel, House of Names, is a departure from Brooklyn – and […]

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The State of Houston Energy, and Irish Author Colm Tóibín: Thursday’s Show (May 4, 2017)

Posted on · Today on Houston Matters, we continue our 3rd annual State of Houston series with a look at the state of energy and environment in Greater Houston with the help of Travis Bubenik, News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter. Also this hour…

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How a Comedian Ran for Mayor In Iceland and Won — Then Fell In Love with Houston

Posted on · (Above: Houston Public Media’s Edel Howlin poses in 2015 with comedian Jon Gnarr, who once served at the mayor of Iceland’s biggest city.) It’s not that surprising to find all sorts of interesting people rolling through Houston. It is, after all, the nation’s fourth-largest city. And we’re a major player in all sorts of industries. […]

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Policing Black Neighborhoods, and Revitalizing the Fifth Ward: Houston Matters Weekend for November 26, 2016

Posted on · Following fatal police shootings of black men captured on video in Louisiana and Minnesota, Robert Muhammad, a Nation of Islam representative and student minister, suggested a number of ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the black community, including more face-to-face contact, more community involvement and more de-escalation and tension-reduction training for officers. But […]

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Getting Healthcare Technology to Impoverished Areas: Meet Houston’s Latest MacArthur ‘Genius’

Posted on · In September (2016), Houston gained its third resident genius. That is Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, a bioengineering professor at Rice University who was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as the “genius grant.” Richards’ work looks simple to the naked eye. Her program Beyond Traditional Borders, which she co-founded, and 360º Institute for Global Health at Rice, […]

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African-American Culture, Gardening, and Faust: Tuesday’s Show (November 1, 2016)

Posted on · In a couple of weeks, Houston will host a workshop called Preserving Communities of Color. The discussions will focus on case studies and available resources to preserve places that embody the African-American experience in America. The event comes a little over a month since the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture […]

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Clearing Up Misconceptions About Islam

Posted on · The Houston Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Cypress felt so strongly about how the Prophet Muhammad has been represented in the media — and in general conversations lately — that they wanted to dispel some of the misconceptions around their faith and the use of the term “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “God is great.” That’s why this weekend (Oct. 15, 2016) they’re […]

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Shell Leaving Downtown, and Jones Hall Turns 50: Monday’s Show (October 3, 2016)

Posted on · Recently (Sept. 20, 2016), Shell Oil announced plans to vacate most of its downtown offices. Thousands of employees are expected to move to the company’s Woodcreek Complex on I-10 and North Dairy Ashford and to the Shell Technology Center on State Highway 6. The move is planned for the first quarter of 2017. On this […]

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After the Bid: Documentary Series Focuses on Life After Prison

Posted on · Edrick Browne is a local actor who, in his spare time, takes on projects that give back to the community. And that’s how he found himself teaching a theater class at the Carol Vance Prison in Richmond, Texas. He taught inmates about running equipment on a TV shoot, and they in turn documented their experiences […]

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Candidate Interview With District Attorney Devon Anderson: Tuesday’s Show (September 27, 2016)

Posted on · With the November election fast approaching and early voting around the corner, we’re devoting time to two key races in Harris County for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offering you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your questions for Harris County District […]

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What Opiate Recovery Looks Like For Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf

Posted on · Ryan Leaf was a quarterback in the NFL for four seasons. He played with a handful of teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys, but his short career was plagued with injuries and self-described bad-behavior. Leaf wasn’t long out of the game before he was introduced to opiates, and […]

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Medicaid Transformation Waiver: Tuesday’s Show (September 13, 2016)

Posted on · A study conducted by Health Management Associates for the state’s Health and Human Services Commission finds when a Medicaid waiver expires at the end of next year, Texas health care providers will be on the hook for billions in health care costs. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the impact on health care providers and […]