Houston Matters

Full Show: Synagogue Shooting Reaction, and Rwandan Genocide Survivor (Oct. 29, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: The Houston Jewish community reacts to the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. Then, Houstonian Jeanne Celestine-Lakin tells her story of surviving the Rwandan genocide. Plus, we learn why Sam Houston State wants to launch a new medical school. And Houston-based baseball writer Jesus Ortiz wraps up the World Series for us.

Houston Matters

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.

Houston Matters

Full Show: Municipal IDs Under SB 4, And State vs. Local Government (Aug. 22, 2017)

Posted on · Houston Matters discusses the future of municipal ID programs under the new so-called "sanctuary cities" law. We debate whether Houstonians are happier with their city government or their state government. We take a look at hate crimes in Greater Houston. And a Texas prisoner responds to allegations that he's a serial killer.

Houston Matters

Ten Dollars To Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan

Posted on · In the 1920s, future Texas governor Dan Moody -- then a 29-year-old district attorney -- was the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully take on and convict members of the Ku Klux Klan. Patricia Bernstein tells his story in her book Ten Dollars To Hate.

Houston Matters

Should We Destroy Symbols of Hate or Preserve Them as History?

Posted on · A federal jury recently (Jan. 10, 2017) determined Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for killing nine African Americans in an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015. After the shooting, political leaders in South Carolina and Alabama responded by removing the Confederate battle flag from their state capitol buildings. Of course, there’s long […]

Full Show

Freedmen’s Town Bricks, and East End Development: Tuesday’s Show (January 24, 2017)

Posted on · For the second time, the Freedmen’s Town bricks were ripped up by city contractors, despite explicit instructions from the city not to disturb the bricks. So why does this keeping happening? What can the neighborhood do to preserve what’s left of these bricks? What more can the city do, when Mayor Sylvester Turner has already […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Renaming Dowling Street, and Houston’s Murder Rate: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of The 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 on […]

Houston Matters

Responding to Hate on the Web

Posted on · Reading about a shadowy group harassing someone online seems very removed from the real world – until it happens to you or someone you love. A new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) offers new, clearer insight into what “cyberhate” actually is — from seeds in terrorism, to hacking, to anti-semetic targeting to online bullying. They aimed […]