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Houston Matters Weekend: October 15, 2016

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the “most diverse city in America.” And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that’s correct. And that might be enough to give Houstonians with civic pride a case of the diversity […]

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The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football

Posted on · The modern football game is filled with high-octane offense built around quarterbacks efficiently passing the ball, often deep down field. But that’s a relatively new phenomenon in the more than century-old history of football. Author and journalist SC Gwynne tells Houston Matters producer Paige Phelps he attributes this modern transformation to Texas college football coaches Hal […]

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Pension Conversations & the Evolution of the Passing Game in Football: Friday’s Show (October 14, 2016)

Posted on · During this fundraising week, Houston Matters is highlighting coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit a number of times over the course of the last year, like campus carry, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic. Today, though, we turn our […]

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Texans Defeat the Chiefs to Go 2-0

Posted on · The Houston Texans topped Kansas City 19-12 Sunday, to improve to 2-0 on the young NFL season. Preseason included, the Texans have now won six straight but face a shortened week and a challenge against the 2-0 New England Patriots Thursday night. We discuss the Texans’ win, as well as the Astros’ weekend in Seattle, and other […]

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What Opiate Recovery Looks Like For Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf

Posted on · Ryan Leaf was a quarterback in the NFL for four seasons. He played with a handful of teams, including the Seattle Seahawks, the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys, but his short career was plagued with injuries and self-described bad-behavior. Leaf wasn’t long out of the game before he was introduced to opiates, and […]

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Champion of the Barrio: How High School Football Changed Lives

Posted on · Some Texas football fans – and especially Aggie fans – might recognize the name of Buryl Baty. He played quarterback for Texas A&M in the 1940s before serving in World War II. After the war, he was drafted to play professional football but instead opted to become a coach. And it’s as a coach (for the […]

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Football and Brain Damage: Is the NFL Doing Enough?

Posted on · Late last month, as Will Smith’s film Concussion debuted in the theaters, ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that supposedly the NFL backed out of giving “unrestricted” funds to the National Institutes of Health for a study exploring football’s relationship to brain damage because the league didn’t like the doctor who would lead it. We learn more from Houston […]

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Concussions, Potholes, and Sandra Bland: Friday’s Show (January 8, 2016)

Posted on · Late last month, as Will Smith’s film Concussion debuted in the theaters, ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that supposedly the NFL backed out of giving “unrestricted” funds to the National Institutes of Health for a study exploring football’s relationship to brain damage because the league didn’t like the doctor who would lead it. On this edition of Houston […]

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Michael Strahan Shares His Rules to ‘Wake Up Happy’

Posted on · Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan spent part of his high school and college years in Houston, playing for Texas Southern and going on to star as a defensive end for 15 seasons with the New York Giants. Since then, he’s been prolific in the world of television – with a sitcom, contributing to […]

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More Houstonian Pet Peeves: Monday’s Show (September 21, 2015)

Posted on · Every few months, we give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It’s your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your craw, that you […]

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Freddie Steinmark: The Determined Athlete Who Launched the War on Cancer

Posted on · The name Freddie Steinmark might be a familiar one to fans of University of Texas Longhorn football: he helped the team win a national championship against Arkansas in 1969. But soon, he might be familiar to movie fans too. My All American, a film about the athlete, hits theaters Nov. 13. And now UT Press […]

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Friday Night Lights — Author Discusses Iconic Book, 25 Years Later

Posted on · In 1988, Buzz Bissinger uprooted his family and moved to Odessa, Texas, to chronicle the Permian High School Panthers football team in its quest for a state championship. That experience became his acclaimed book, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. Now, after 25 years, a movie and a television series, the anniversary edition of the book is […]

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New Laws, Pearland and Texans Preview: Monday’s Show (August 31, 2015)

Posted on · Starting tomorrow (9/1/15), the majority of the laws passed during the state’s 84th legislative session will take effect. All this month, the Texas Tribune has reported how these new laws may change some Texans’ lives. We discuss how on this edition of Houston Matters, as we welcome your questions for Texas Tribune Managing Editor Ayan Mittra. Also […]