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Full Show: Genetic Ethics, And Teacher Pay (Nov. 27, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Rice University is launching an investigation into a professor claiming to have helped create the world’s first genetically edited babies. Then, we discuss how teacher pay works in Texas. Plus, Robbie Tolan tells his story of being shot by police in 2008. And we learn about Damron Men's Travel Guide, a publication of LGBT-friendly establishments.

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Full Show: Vaccines And Autism, And Dealing With Obnoxious People (June 21, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We examine concerns immigrant advocates still have despite Pres. Trump's executive order ending family separation. Then, a local expert dispels the myth that vaccines cause Autism by sharing the experience of his own daughter. Plus, we learn about humankind's increased knowledge of the human genome and our potential to alter it. And an author champions the benefits of loving the obnoxious people in our lives.

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Full Show: Mapping The DNA Of All Life On Earth, And Ira Glass (May 9, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn about efforts to reduce flooding in area bayous and how underground tunnels might help. We discuss the week's political news and learn about efforts to map the genome of every species on earth. And we talk with Ira Glass about lessons he's learned in his public radio career.

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Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee on Genetics, MTS3K Cast, and Felicia Day: Friday’s Show (May 12, 2017)

Posted on · What happens when a machine begins to read its own instruction manual? No, I’m not talking about Skynet (from the Terminator films) but rather humanity’s rapidly increasing understanding of its genome – the code that makes us who were are. We’ve mapped it and identified genes that lead to certain disorders. So could we someday just turn some of those genes […]

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Researchers Face Uncertain Times for Government-Funded Programs

Posted on · With a new administration headed to the White House, it’s an uncertain time for researchers in medicine, genetics, disease and many other disciplines that rely on government grants for funding. For instance, President-elect Trump’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, suggested in a since-deleted Sept. 9, 2016 Facebook post […]

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Fetal Burial Case, and Breakthrough Prize Winner: Friday’s Show (January 6, 2017)

Posted on · Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas announced this week he is again delaying his ruling on a new Texas Department of State Health Services edict requiring health care providers to cremate or bury fetal remains. The state argues the rule is in the interest of women’s health and safety. […]

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Cyber Attacks, and the 17th Century Sounds of Mexico: Houston Matters Weekend for Dec. 10, 2016

Posted on · A while back, Houston Matters went on a search to identify Houston’s signature food. Many major cities are known for a particular signature food. Chicago has deep dish pizza, Philadelphia has cheese steaks, and St. Louis has toasted ravioli. And while, yes, we have Tex Mex in Houston and kolaches — and great barbecue and great […]

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Molecular Autopsies: The Ethical Challenges of Using DNA to Determine Cause of Death

Posted on · If you’ve seen a few crime shows, you know that when someone dies, an autopsy is often conducted to determine the cause. But sometimes that’s not enough. Now, with advances in genetics, some medical examiners are turning to something called a “molecular autopsy.” To find out what that means – and to learn about the […]

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Polling Places and the GE-Baker Hughes Merger: Tuesday’s Show (November 8, 2016)

Posted on · It’s Election Day…finally! On today’s edition of Houston Matters, we check in on several polling places around Greater Houston with our colleagues from News 88.7. Then, we discuss some lingering election issues with Houston Chronicle editorial writer Joe Holley, and News 88.7’s News Director Dave Fehling. Also this hour…

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Transportation Through 2040, Technological Singularity, and Rap Tourism: Houston Matters for Friday, December 12, 2014

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council is creating a plan that lays out the area’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. The 2040 RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) lays out the latest update to a continuous planning process that includes the eight central counties of the Houston-Galveston region. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Alan […]