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Full Show: Problems With The Flood Insurance Program, And Preserving Memories Of Harvey (July 30, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: As more people buy flood insurance, we learn what challenges the program faces. And we discover why HPD officers are learning Mandarin Chinese. Then, two local researchers explain why Harvey was a wake-up call regarding nature and our changing climate. Plus, we learn about a project to preserve Houstonians' memories of the storm. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.

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Community Colleges Offering 4-Year Degrees, and Mystery Author Philip Kerr: Thursday’s Show (April 13, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: A class at Lone Star College. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) Right now, just three community colleges in the state of Texas are allowed to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees. Houston’s Lone Star College is not one of them, but wants to be. Lone Star College Chancellor Dr. Steve Head argues allowing schools like […]

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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 […]

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City of Houston Gathers Feedback on Design Guidelines for Historic Districts

Posted on · The City of Houston recently (Sept. 27, 2016) held its first community workshop for its expanded Historic District Design Guidelines project. These are the guidelines property owners in historic districts can use when making changes to their home or building. At that community meeting, Winter & Company (the consulting firm the city hired back in May) presented […]

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Police Oversight and Misconceptions About Islam: Tuesday’s Show (October 11, 2016)

Posted on · In 2011, Houston Mayor Annise Parker established a police oversight board to review internal investigations at the Houston Police Department. But some have complained the board doesn’t have any real teeth, with its volunteer members and lack of a budget. On this edition of Houston Matters we talk with one of the members of the […]

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A Closer Look at the Plan to Save the Dome

Posted on · Last week (Sept. 27, 2016), Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously approved $10.5 million for the design phase for the Astrodome project. It’s part of the $105 million plan to preserve and revitalize the iconic structure. That plan entails raising the structure’s floor, providing underground parking and converting the building into usable public space. We talk […]

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What Design Guidelines May Be in Store for Three Houston Heights Historic Districts?

Posted on · Project organizers will hold a community meeting Tuesday (Dec. 8, 2015) as part of the City of Houston’s process for creating historic preservation design guidelines in three Houston Heights historic districts. They wanted to know what property owners think about the guidelines in place covering changes they might want to make to their historic homes or […]