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Full Show: Addressing The DNA Backlog, And Correcting History (July 2, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: We examine how some international news might affect global trade with Houston. Then, we discuss efforts to solve a backlog of DNA evidence. We explore examples of mis-remembered history. And we get an update on local sports.

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Full Show: Putting Faces On Skulls From San Jacinto, And Explaining Texas To Outsiders (April 30, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: Parents and advocates are calling on HISD to sue the state. Plus: A forensic artist brings to life the faces of soldiers lost at San Jacinto. Lawrence Wright talks about his book, God Save Texas. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.

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How Plant DNA Can Provide Clues for Law Enforcement

Posted on · Two recent studies conducted at Sam Houston State University highlight developments in the field of forensic botany. One uses marijuana DNA to link drug supplies; another uses pollen DNA to aid in forensic investigations. Paige Phelps talks with forensic geneticist Dr. David Gangitano about forensic botany and how the study of plant DNA can be […]

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Immigration, Traffic Congestion, and Migraines: Tuesday’s show (April 21, 2015)

Posted on · Each day on Houston Matters, we seek to examine a variety of issues, ideas, people, places, and events that define Greater Houston. Tuesday’s program will demonstrate that variety, as we explore issues related to the environment, immigration and justice, transportation, health, and history, all in one hour! On this edition of the program, we address […]

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Forensic Anthropology: What a Corpse Can Tell You

Posted on · Recently we got an email from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science, and it was looking for some information on next of kin in the cases of some recent deaths. It’s not uncommon to get emails like that in the newsroom, and it’s always a difficult thing to think about that there are bodies […]

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Is Houston’s Crime Lab Improving?

Posted on · The Houston Forensic Science Center – Houston’s crime lab – is being overseen these days by an independent board, which hired Dr. Daniel Garner to run it. Garner formerly managed the forensics lab for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with Dr. Garner and chairman Scott Hochberg about […]

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CSI Houston Solves Very Cold Case

Posted on · A forensic anthropologist at the Harris County Medical Examiner's office has used the same high-tech DNA matching technology we see every week in those CSI TV shows to identify one of the victims of one of the worst mass murder cases in the country's history. Jim Bell reports.