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Full Show: Measles in Houston, And Defining Hate Crimes (Aug. 29, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn more about measles and the effectiveness of vaccination. We break down the week's big political stories. We discuss what constitutes a hate crime. And writer Attica Locke talks about her work.

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Full Show: Commuting Alone, And Dealing With Sewage Overflows (Aug. 16, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We learn why about 80 percent of Houston commuters drive to work by themselves. Plus, a local nonprofit is taking the city to task over violations of the Clean Water Act. We discuss what podcasts you're listening to. And we visit some local gathering spots built around playing the games.

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Full Show: Accidental Deaths In Texas, And Author Jon Meacham (Aug. 14, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Six years after he went missing in Syria, we revisit efforts to find Houston journalist Austin Tice. Then, we learn more about what flood control projects would be included in the bond measure that goes before voters Aug. 25. Plus, the head of the National Safety Council discusses the prevalence of accidental deaths in Texas. And writer Jon Meacham talks about his biography George H.W. Bush.

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Full Show: Sports Betting In Texas, And ‘How To Walk Away’ (May 15, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn how a major ruling on sports betting might affect Texas. Then, a new report says Houston can't expect all the oil jobs lost in the latest downturn to return. Plus, we get an update on transportation issues in the region. We learn about a summit addressing sexual harassment. And Houston writer Katherine Center discusses her new novel, How To Walk Away.

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Full Show: The Future Of Houston’s Workforce, And Life On A Boys Ranch (May 1, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss the reliability of Texas' energy grid and consider the challenges facing Houston's workforce. Then, a former Congressman talks about growing up on a boys ranch. And a new book tells the story of the 2017 Astros against the backdrop of Hurricane Harvey and illustrates what the championship meant for the city.

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Full Show: Harris County Officials Considers Underground Tunnels, And How A Police Officer’s Bullet Gave Robbie Tolan Purpose (March 27, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Officials look at a new way to mitigate flooding: underground tunnels, Robbie Tolan, new book, 'No Justice: One White Police Officer, One Black Family and How One Bullet Ripped Us Apart', pitching phenom, Jon Peters, now author of 'When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs: Finding Happiness in Life’s Changeups', and a biography that highlights two of Houston's most important cultural figures.

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Full Show: Housing Settlement, And Updating Transportation Projects (March 12, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: We learn about an agreement to settle a housing violation by the City of Houston. Then, we get an update on numerous local transportation projects. Plus, Dr. Lori Teller answers your pet care questions. And Jeff Balke updates us on the latest Houston sports news.

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Mayor Turner: Bullet Train A ‘Game Changer’ For Houston

Posted on · Mayor Turner explains why he thinks Northwest Mall is the right choice for the bullet train's Houston station. We learn about a public hearing on the project. And an eminent domain attorney makes sense of the legal issues still at play in the railway's development.

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Full Show: The Year’s Biggest Transportation Stories, And A New Flood Warning System (Dec. 18, 2017)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: We learn how Houston airports prepare for the busy holiday season. Then, we recap the year's biggest transportation stories. We learn about efforts to create a more advanced flood warning system for the region. And Jeff Balke recaps the top Houston sports stories of the year.

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Full Show: Extended Days At Some HISD Schools, And Previewing ‘The Vietnam War’ (Sept. 15, 2017)

Posted on · On Friday’s edition of Houston Matters: Students at a dozen HISD campuses will have longer school days to make up for lost time after Harvey. We examine the process of cleaning up storm debris in one neighborhood. And Ken Burns and Lynn Novick preview their new documentary series The Vietnam War.