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‘Fun Home’ Peers Into the Inner Workings of Families and Relationships

Posted on · The musical Fun Home won five Tony Awards in 2015, including best musical. Now it’s on tour at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars May 16-28, 2017. Fun Home is an in-depth look at how families operate and relate. It’s based on a graphic novel memoir called Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by cartoonist Alison Bechdel. […]

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Marilu Henner Discusses Her Career and Highly Accurate Memory

Posted on · (Above: Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse posing with actress Marilu Henner before an interview in 2000 and again in 2017. Right Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) On Thursday (April 6, 2017), actress and author Marilu Henner will be the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Conference Celebrating Women, being held at Moody Gardens in Galveston. […]

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A Conversation with New Theatre Under the Stars Director Hillary Hart

Posted on · Back in December (2016), Theatre Under the Stars announced the appointment of the nonprofit musical theater company’s new executive director, Hillary Hart. She’s the former general manager of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. She’s also held leadership positions at Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina and the Dallas Theater Center. Ernie Manouse talks with Hart about what she […]

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Economic Impact of the Super Bowl: Tuesday’s Show (January 31, 2017)

Posted on · A new study commissioned by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee says Super Bowl 51 will bring in $350 million for the city. We talk with Ken McGill, managing director of Rockport Analytics, the research firm behind the study, about how they calculated that amount, where the money is going, and what the Super Bowl means […]

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Houston Reactions to President Trump’s Immigration Freeze: Monday’s Show (January 30, 2017)

Posted on · Public outcry against President Trump’s immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas — including in Houston — this weekend. The City of Houston has played a large role in the country’s refugee resettlement program and is one of America’s most diverse cities. On Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), some local officials spoke out against closing […]

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Apollo One 50th Anniversary: Friday’s Show (January 27, 2017)

Posted on · Today (Jan. 27, 2017) marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo One fire. Three astronauts died when a flash fire occurred during a launchpad test of the command module, which would’ve been used in the first manned mission of the Apollo program. The accident took the lives of Command Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward […]

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Inside a Brilliant Mind: ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Posted on · A young man falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog. When he sets out to identify the true killer, it leads to new discoveries that change his life. That’s the synopsis of the play (and the novel that preceded it) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The show is onstage at the Hobby […]

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Covering President Trump and the Bathroom Bill: Thursday’s Show (January 26, 2017)

Posted on · Last week, Senior White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway introduced America to the term “alternative facts” after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed – despite contradictory evidence — that Trump’s inauguration gathered the largest crowd ever for that event. Suddenly the press was faced with calling out blatant lies. That’s not something seasoned journalists enjoy […]

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Texas Tenacity: Former Comptroller Susan Combs on Empowering Women

Posted on · Susan Combs was the Texas state comptroller from 2007 to 2015. In her new book, Texas Tenacity: A Call for Women to Direct Their Destiny, she aims to encourage women to create their own goals and reality in Texas. Think of it as the Lone Star State version of leaning forward. She’s created a new nonprofit […]

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HUD Ruling on the Fountain View Housing Project, and Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss: Wednesday’s Show (January 25, 2017)

Posted on · The US Department of Housing and Urban Development recently found the city’s decision to nix an affordable housing project on Fountain View Drive was motivated at least in part by the race, color or national origin of the likely tenants. HUD says that’s a violation of the Civil Rights Act. The ruling is the latest […]

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Freedmen’s Town Bricks, and East End Development: Tuesday’s Show (January 24, 2017)

Posted on · For the second time, the Freedmen’s Town bricks were ripped up by city contractors, despite explicit instructions from the city not to disturb the bricks. So why does this keeping happening? What can the neighborhood do to preserve what’s left of these bricks? What more can the city do, when Mayor Sylvester Turner has already […]

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Houston in Black and White: A Look at Race Relations in Houston

Posted on · On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 16, 2017) at 9 p.m., Houston Public Media TV 8 will air a special discussion about the relationship between the black and white communities of Houston. It’s called Houston in Black and White, and it asks who we are, how we arrived here and what we can do […]

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‘Houston In Black And White’ and the Houston Marathon: Friday’s Show (January 13, 2017)

Posted on · On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Jan. 16, 2017) at 9 p.m., Houston Public Media TV 8 will air a special discussion about the relationship between the black and white communities of Houston. It’s called Houston in Black and White, and it asks who we are, how we arrived here and what we can do […]