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Full Show: Texas Children In Poverty, And Lessons From American Presidents At War (Nov. 15, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: A new study says one in five Texas children lives in poverty. Historian Michael Beschloss discusses his book, Presidents of War. We answer your winter gardening questions. And performers tell us about their show, Midtown Live.

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Full Show: Taekwondo Instructor Facing Sexual Misconduct Allegations, And The Death Of Dairy Queen (May 10, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We learn about sexual misconduct allegations against a famed Sugar Land taekwondo instructor. We revisit the New Horizons mission to Pluto. We learn why Dairy Queens are disappearing from some small Texas towns. And a photographer documents changes along the US-Mexico border.

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Full Show: Houston Partnering With Microsoft, And Outsider Art (May 4, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn about a new partnership between Microsoft and the City of Houston. Then, the Houston Chronicle's executive editor talks about the general state of the newspaper industry. Our panel of non-experts discusses The Good, Bad, & Ugly of the week's news. And a new book examines outsider art in Texas.

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Full Show: Apartment Safety, And East End Development (Feb. 6, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A new study calls for urgent reform to Houston’s apartment safety programs. We learn how the East End is changing in terms of business and real estate. And we meet the passionate volunteers working to save a historic African-American cemetery.

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Partnership Unites the Many Organizations that Help Houston’s Homeless

Posted on · Earlier this month, Mayor Sylvester Turner launched an initiative that encourages giving to organizations that assist the homeless — instead of giving to panhandlers. With downtown Houston as a backdrop, the mayor unveiled a billboard for a campaign called “Meaningful Change – Not Spare Change.” As News 88.7’s Florian Martin reported, the mayor said while Houstonians […]

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The State of Houston Business, and Reducing Poverty in the Fifth Ward: Tuesday’s Show (May 2, 2017)

Posted on · Today on Houston Matters we continue our 3rd annual State of Houston series with a look at the state of business and the economy in Greater Houston with the help of News 88.7 business reporter Florian Martin. Also this hour…

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Raising a Transgender Son, and the 80’s Oil Bust: Houston Matters Weekend for January 14, 2017

Posted on · LGBT rights continue to be a divisive issue in this country, with battles waging inside the legislature and courts of North Carolina making news. Now Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Senate Bill 6 has been filed and mimics the very language that has cost North Carolina millions of dollars thus far. The bill isn’t that surprising. Last May, […]

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Third-Annual Newcomers’ Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (December 29, 2016)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our third-annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you’re new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown on everything you need to […]

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The Year in Houston Business and Energy — 2016

Posted on · We’re continuing our look back at the biggest news stories of 2016. Next up, we take a closer look at the year in business and energy. We ask how the oil and gas industry’s doing now and examine any projections on how the industry will fare in the year ahead. And we discuss whether the oil and […]

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Cabinet Appointments and the Year in Business and Energy: Wednesday’s Show (December 14, 2016)

Posted on · President-elect Donald Trump named former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy. The announcement comes on the heels of another appointment — Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State for the Trump administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss what these appointments could mean for Texas and the nation […]

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Transparency in Mental Health, and New Houston Chiefs

Posted on · The Houston Chronicle recently published an investigative piece looking at how a patient’s suicide at The Menninger Clinic points to larger problems in transparency with mental health clinics and hospitals.  We talk with Mike Hixenbaugh with The Houston Chronicle about his report The week before Thanksgiving, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced his choices to head four […]