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Full Show: Ronald Reagan Biographer, and Writer Mitch Albom (Oct. 11, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: A crew headed to the ISS makes an emergency landing. Bob Spitz discusses his biography Reagan: An American Journey. Houston food writers discuss their favorite distinctive meal items at area restaurants. And writer Mitch Albom talks about his new novel, The Next Person You Meet in Heaven.

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Full Show: Enron Exec Released, and Ethan Hawke Pays Tribute to Texas Songwriter Blaze Foley (Aug. 31, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn about a leak on board the International Space Station. We discuss former Enron executive Jeff Skilling being released from prison. We break down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news. We discuss the correct way to honor the dead while still calling attention to any negative aspects of their legacy. And actor Ethan Hawke tells us about Texas songwriter Blaze Foley, to whom he pays tribute in his new film.

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Full Show: Back To The Moon, And Money Raised For Harvey Relief (Dec. 12, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss Pres. Trump's decision to send astronauts back to the moon. We take a closer look at where money for Harvey relief is being spent. Author Reza Aslan talks about his book, God: A Human History. And a local artist turns debris found on Houston streets into art.

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What’s the Future of NASA Under Trump?

Posted on · (Above: The Space Shuttle replica at Space Center Houston. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media) A new piece of legislation aims to refocus NASA on human space exploration and landing on Mars. Pres. Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill that would require the space agency to develop plans for future human space exploration, […]

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NASA Under Trump, and ‘Permania’ in West Texas Oil and Gas: Monday’s Show (April 3, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: The Space Shuttle replica at Space Center Houston. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media) A new piece of legislation aims to refocus NASA on human space exploration and landing on Mars. Pres. Donald Trump recently signed into law a bill that would require the space agency to develop plans for future human space exploration, […]

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Why Houston Needs More Weather Balloons

Posted on · Maybe you made one in school science class — a weather balloon you were told would help predict the weather. These days, with Doppler radar and 3D weather screens on the nightly news, you’ve probably forgotten all about them. Funny thing though: weather forecasters haven’t. Their simple technology can help predict those massive storms — or help […]

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HCC Property and FCC Commissioner: Monday’s Show (May 23, 2016)

Posted on · About a year ago, the Houston Chronicle began an investigation into unused properties owned by Houston Community College. The newspaper found HCC owned more than 350 acres of undeveloped property and redirected millions of dollars in bond money in recent years to buy multiple tracts. On this edition of Houston Matters, Maggie Martin sits down […]

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Senator Cornyn Proposes More Space Flight Bill for NASA

Posted on · Recently, U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, buoyed by the excitement surrounding Commander Scott Kelly’s return to Earth after spending a year aboard the International Space Station, introduced the Mapping a New and Innovative Focus on our Exploration Strategy (MANIFEST) for Human Spaceflight Act. The bill would require NASA to develop plans for the future […]

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Event Focuses on Diversifying Houston’s Space Industry

Posted on · We talk with “Sci Guy” Eric Berger, Ars Technica’s Senior Space Editor, about the first annual Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, or SpaceCom, which takes place at the George. R. Brown Convention Center tomorrow through Thursday (Nov. 17-19, 2015). The conference and expo will explore how space technology is applied to other industries, including health care, […]

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Reacting to Terrorism: Monday’s Show (November 16, 2015)

Posted on · We all were shocked and angered by the attacks Friday night in Paris. Houston interfaith activist Saadia Faruqi called it “another heinous, barbaric attack.” She had additional thoughts about how, as a Muslim in America, she’ll once again be “expected to apologize” for terrorists. She wrote about it in an essay she posted this weekend […]

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The New Space Race: Texas vs. Florida

Posted on · During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a space race. In 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth. The next year, in response, the U.S. established NASA and began the Mercury program. The Soviets put the first man in space. The U.S. was the first to […]

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The New Space Race and Bobcat Goldthwait: Friday’s Show (September 25, 2015)

Posted on · During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a space race. In 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth. The next year, in response, the U.S. established NASA and began the Mercury program. The Soviets put the first man in space. The U.S. was the first to […]