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Full Show: Hockey In Houston, And Year-End Tax Advice (Dec. 7, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: The City of Houston is about to tell some Harvey victims what repairs they need to make to their property. Author Reza Aslan talks about the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. We discuss the possibility of an NHL team coming here. A tax expert answers your questions. And comedian Hari Kondabolu takes on Apu from The Simpsons.

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Near Misses on Houston Roads, and SB 4 Court Battle: Thursday’s Show (May 17, 2017)

Posted on · We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads — moments when we just dodged an accident, while changing lanes and not realizing there’s someone in a blind spot, or not being seen by a speeding car while riding a bike. A team of researchers recently studied that latter experience – and ones like it. Dian Nostikasari […]

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Turning To God or Turning Away: Two Divergent Faith Journeys

Posted on · Today, we revisit a pair of conversations from 2014 about turning to – or away from – organized religion. First, we meet Rev. Clay Lein, rector at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks, who was once a self-professed “angry atheist.” He tells Craig Cohen how he found himself leading an Episcopal congregation […]

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Uncovered: Houston Author Leah Lax Discusses Leaving the Hasidic Faith

Posted on · Houston writer Leah Lax has led an unconventional life. It includes nearly three decades as a Hasidic Jew in an arranged marriage she entered into when she was only 19. She and her husband moved to Houston, where she settled and became the mother of seven children. Over time, she had an awakening of sorts and rejected […]

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Escaping Cuba, and the Last Mile of Your Commute: Monday’s Show (November, 28 2016)

Posted on · With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time on this edition of Houston Matters to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he […]

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Training Healthcare Providers to Treat Their Patients’ Spiritual Needs

Posted on · When you visit the doctor, you probably focus on getting answers to treat the specific, physical problem that’s bothering you. And that’s hard enough as it is. But what happens when a diagnosis might change your life – or even threaten it? Sometimes patients need more than just medical information, according to the Institute for […]

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New Chabad Directors Seek to Serve Jewish Students at Rice University

Posted on · Rabbi Shmuli Slonim and his wife Nechama Slonim are the new directors of the Chabad Jewish Center at Rice University, where they will serve Jewish undergraduate and graduate students. We talk with Rabbi Slonim about his journey from Australia to New York — and now to Houston. Plus we learn about the differences between Chabads […]

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Uncovered: Houston Author Leah Lax Discusses Leaving the Hasidic Faith

Posted on · Houston writer Leah Lax has led an unconventional life. It includes nearly three decades as a Hasidic Jew in an arranged marriage she entered into when she was only 19. She and her husband moved to Houston, where she settled and became the mother of seven children. Over time, she had an awakening of sorts and rejected […]

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Rescuing Jesus: Women, Minorities and LGBT Christians Look to Reclaim Evangelicalism

Posted on · The annual Gay Christian Network Conference kicks off in Houston today (Jan. 7, 2016) and runs through the weekend. Deborah Jian Lee will present on one of the panels at the conference. She’s the author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. We talk with her about her […]

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Texas is Home to the Most Megachurches

Posted on · Greater Houston is home to more than forty megachurches – those are Protestant congregations with a sustained attendance of 2,000 or more per week. And among those are some prominent examples: Lakewood Church and Second Baptist Church – two of the ten largest megachurches in the nation, according to a recent study from the Hartford Institute for […]

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Houston Faith Communities Hope to Appeal to Millenials

Posted on · Studies show fewer adults under the age of 30 choose to affiliate with a religion. Are they walking away from faith, or towards something else? And what are Houston area religious leaders doing about it? We talk over the rise of religiously unaffiliated Houstonians with Anthony Pinn, a Professor of Humanities and Religion at Rice […]

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LGBT Rights, plus Millennials and Religion: Friday’s show (June 26, 2015)

Posted on · The US Supreme Court today, in a 5-4 ruling, declared state bans on same sex marriages unconstitutional. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy based the opinion on the due process and equal protection clauses in the 14th Amendment, writing that same sex couples, too, have a “fundamental right to marry.” To put it mildly, […]