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Storm Protection and Rothko Retrospective: Friday’s Show (December 4, 2015)

Posted on · Research from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is offering new solutions to better protect the Houston-Galveston region from the impact of future hurricanes and storms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with three researchers about the legal implications of the proposals, the costs and benefits of each, and how climate change […]

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Refusing Syrian Refugees and John Buice Released: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From governors not wanting to accept Syrian refugees, to the release of John Buice on parole, to a woman wearing a pasta strainer on her head in her driver’s license photo: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts this week includes: Houston Chronicle columnist Kyrie […]

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Bad Texan Confessions: Friday’s Show (November 20, 2015)

Posted on · Do you have a secret that you feel makes you a bad Texan? Maybe you don’t like barbecue, or don’t really care for high school football. Well, it’s time to get it off your chest, as we encourage you to share your “bad Texan” confessions on this edition of Houston Matters. What’s a uniquely Texan […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Presidental Debate Coming to UH and Abbott Jinxes the Astros: The Good, The 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 each Friday to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. This week attorney Tamara […]

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Does Texas’ New Grand Jury Law Go Far Enough?

Posted on · Last month, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new law changing how grand juries are selected in Texas. Previously, judge-appointed commissioners picked grand jurors in a system sometimes referred to as “pick-a-pal.” Critics said the commissioners tended to select jurors who share their backgrounds, making it less likely grand juries would reflect the diversity of their […]

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What is Jade Helm? An Historical and Political Look at the Military Exercise

Posted on · Starting in July, several states — including Texas — will participate in an 8-week-long exercise called Jade Helm 15. Gov. Greg Abbott came under fire for ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor the U.S. military while it conducted the training exercises. That got us wondering — has the Texas State Guard been used like this […]

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NTSB Ruling, Jade Helm and Sobriety Theater: Thursday’s Show (June 11, 2015)

Posted on · The National Transportation Safety Board this week issued its initial report on a March 2014 collision in the Houston Ship Channel between the bulk carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan tow in lower Galveston Bay, which led to an oil spill and temporary closure of the channel. While the accident occurred on a foggy day, the […]