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Is Writing Becoming a Lost Art?

Posted on · Are we losing our ability to turn a phrase? Will this continue as technology renders letter writing anachronistic? We discuss how our writing skills are changing and how that’s manifested in today’s students. Our guests include: Louisa Meacham, a 9th-grade English teacher at Davis High School; University of Houston professor Dr. Jesse Rainbow; and Robin […]

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Immigration Reform and La Porte Chemical Leak Deaths: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Posted on · Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss whether, amid the changing winds […]

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In an International City Like Houston Language Services Are Big Business

Posted on · The Houston-based company MasterWord Services was recently ranked one of the world’s largest language service providers in the translation and interpreting industry. We learn about the business of language and translation, and how it supports everything from the energy and healthcare industries here in Houston and around the world, to government and social service organizations. We’re joined […]

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How to Talk Like a Texan

Posted on · Happy Halloween y’all! On today’s show we discuss how to talk like a Texan. Specifically, we’ll explore words, phrases, and dialects that are more common in Texas than elsewhere, and we’ll discuss variations on word usage and accents from one area of Texas to another. We welcome your questions for folklorist and UH English Professor Dr. […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

Posted on · Houston has as large a Spanish-speaking population as any city in the United States. Larger than most, in fact. As a result, many Houstonians speak both English and Spanish. But some only speak English. And some only speak Spanish. Should English speaking Houstonians make more of an effort to learn Spanish? Should Spanish speaking Houstonians […]