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How commissioners’ boycott of a tax vote will affect the county’s budget (Oct. 26, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Despite rising costs, Harris County is now forced to keep tax rates flat for the coming fiscal year because two commissioners boycotted votes on the matter. How will that affect the county's budget? Then we discuss that and other developments in politics in our weekly roundup.

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Full Show: Federal Employees Brace For The Unknown, And Dealing With Road Debris (Feb. 14, 2019)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: How federal employees are preparing for the unknown, the pros and cons of property tax reform, the business of modern fertility, dealing with road debris, and the sport of axe throwing.

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Experts Answer Your Questions About Fertility Treatments

Posted on · From time to time on the program, we offer you an opportunity to speak with Houston-based experts in a variety of fields. Today, we turn our attention to fertility. Last fall, Facebook and Apple announced they would cover their employees for up to $20,000 to have their eggs frozen. This renewed conversations about women using […]

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Earthquakes and Compassion: Tuesday’s Show (April 28, 2015)

Posted on · A new study from Southern Methodist University links earthquakes in North Texas to oil and gas operations. The Texas Railroad Commission’s seismologist has questioned the research and its conclusions. Nevertheless, the commission may shut down a pair of waste water injection wells noted in the study. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the […]

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Kids Count Report and Women’s Health: Houston Matters for Monday, July 28, 2014

Posted on · The latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was released last week. It's the 25th edition of the report, and it once again shows Texas ranks low among the U.S. states in overall child well-being. That ranking is based on a variety of factors, including education (more than half of Texas children […]

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Spaghetti Code: The Lengths One Couple Will Go to Have a Baby

Posted on · We learn about Spaghetti Code, a new play from Houston’s Horse Head Theatre running July 12-28, about the lengths one couple will go to in order to have a baby. The play is by writer Abby Koening, who talks about her own struggles with fertility and what dialogue she hopes the dark comedy will evoke […]

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Infertility: It’s Not Just a Woman’s Problem

Posted on · We discuss the latest research and treatment associated with fertility, with Dr. Mazen Abdallah, Medical Director for the Houston Fertility Institute and Assistant Professor at UTHealth. Dr. Abdallah says it’s a common misconception that fertility problems just affect women who’ve “waited too long” to have kids. And we learn about Spaghetti Code, a new play […]

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Equal Rights Ordinance Challenge Update and Ethnic Food Markets: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 10, 2014

Posted on · Last week, opponents of Houston's recently-passed non-discrimination ordinance turned in signatures to a petition calling for a November vote to consider repealing the measure. 17,269 signatures are needed from registered Houston voters in order to trigger such a vote. Opponents turned in 50,000, but they are all subject to verification over the next month, and […]


Eight Babies? How is that Possible?

Posted on · The news of a California woman giving birth to eight children at once has caused a national debate on the science of fertility treatment. While some are pointing fingers, others are worried about maintaining a woman or couples' right to choose the size of their family. In part one of a series on fertility — Bill Stamps looks into the probability of having multiple births like quintuplets or octuplets.