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Omicron fuels COVID concerns as Christmas approaches (Dec. 21, 2021)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Concerns about holiday gatherings as the omicron variant spreads, the next president of Rice University discusses his vision for the institution, and filmmaker Sean Baker discusses his latest movie, Red Rocket.


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Full Show: Curbing Youth Violence, And Comparing Houston’s Transit System (Nov. 14, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We consider how the city’s addressing youth gun violence. Our experts break down the latest political stories. We discuss how Houston's transit system measures up nationally. And Jessica Wilbanks tells her story of walking away from faith.

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How a Retired Teacher Made Peace Between Rival Gangs at Furr High School

Posted on · (Above: Furr High School Bertie Simmons and a student. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) Bertie Simmons was a longtime educator in Houston schools who’d retired to a happy life as a grandmother. Then, her granddaughter died suddenly in a skiing accident. Simmons decided to honor her granddaughter’s dream of doing good in the […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

New Rules for the Homeless, and Gov. Abbott’s Gang Plan: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in […]

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New Leader in City of Houston’s Office for Disabilities, and Writer Lindy West: Tuesday’s Show (March 28, 2017)

Posted on · Mayor Sylvester Turner recently announced that Maria Town will head the Office for People with Disabilities. Town previously served as the disability community liaison for the Obama Administration's Office of Public Engagement. On this edition of Houston Matters, Maggie Martin talks with her about her previous national experience and what she hopes to accomplish here […]

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What Exactly Are Gang Safety Zones — and Do They Work?

Posted on · In 2012, Harris County began establishing “gang safety zones,” areas where — through court-issued restraining orders — selected gang members are kept from congregating. The newest such zone in Southlawn is seen by law enforcement as another piece in the city’s gang suppression strategy. It’s viewed by defense attorneys and some civil rights activists as […]

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Economic Forecast, Chemical Safety, and Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today's Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the […]

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Curbing & Preventing Gang Activity in Houston

Posted on · Last month, a Harris County judge granted an injunction against several dozen known gang members, essentially banning them from what has been dubbed the "East Aldine Safety Zone," – east of Highway 59 and south of Bush Intercontinental Airport. News 88.7's Pat Hernandez reported that 47 members of the notorious Crips and Bloods street gangs […]

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