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Full Show: Madeleine Albright On Bipartisanship, And Remembering Filmmaker James Blue (Nov. 8, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: After losing his re-election bid, a judge releases many of the juvenile defendants who had cases before him. Then, former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright discusses the need for bipartisanship in foreign policy. Plus, a new documentary tells the story of Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker James Blue, who spent much of his career in Houston. And a new performance explores the impact of Houston’s drag scene on the LGBT rights movement.

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Full Show: Houston’s Inferiority Complex, And Combating Bullying (Nov. 9, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We talk about Houston's perceived -- or real -- inferiority complex and discuss whether it's changing. We learn about the latest efforts in schools to combat bullying. And we learn about the artwork of Wayne Gilbert, who uses cremated ashes of real people to create paintings.

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Honky Tonk Heaven: Film Pays Homage to Legendary Dance Hall The Broken Spoke

Posted on · The Broken Spoke has been called “one of the last true Texas dance halls.” The live music venue in Austin has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 50 years. Filmmaker Sam Wainwright Douglas says “it’s like walking into 1965.” And now, it’s the subject of a documentary called Honky Tonk Heaven: […]

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Film Chronicles the Career of Unsung Texas Musician Doug Sahm

Posted on · If you want to know what Texas sounds like, listen to the music of the late Doug Sahm. He was a musician who could play every form of indigenous form of Texas music authentically, and his connections to Houston run long and deep. There’s a new documentary chronicling Doug’s music. Sir Doug and the Genuine […]

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Houston Native Makes a Splash at SXSW and Cannes with His First Feature: ‘Krisha’

Posted on · Trey Edward Shults was born and raised in Spring, Texas, and from the very beginning he seemed to have incredible luck. He began his filmmaking career interning on Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and working in the camera department for Malick’s Voyage of Time. But his biggest success – so far, at least – […]

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The Life and Times of George H.W. Bush: Thursday’s Show (November 12, 2015)

Posted on · In the development of his new biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, author Jon Meacham conducted extensive interviews over a decade with the 41st President, his family, friends and colleagues, and was granted access to the former president’s audio diaries and First Lady Barbara Bush’s diary. The book, just out this week, […]

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Houston Filmmaker’s ‘Red Pearl’ Makes ‘CineSpace’ Finals at Cinema Arts Festival

Posted on · The 2015 Houston Cinema Arts Festival gets underway Thursday (Nov. 12, 2015) with a unique competition as a part of the week-long event. The Cinema Arts Society has collaborated with NASA on something called “CineSpace” – it’s a competition in which filmmakers have been asked to incorporate actual NASA imagery into their movies. Among the […]

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Renewable Energy, Smoking Age and Red Pearl: Tuesday’s Show (November 10, 2015)

Posted on · The Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance is a non-profit that promotes the clean energy industry in Texas. Starting tomorrow (Nov. 11, 2015), the group hosts GridNEXT, a conference focused on how renewable energy sources can integrate into the current distribution system. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Mark Sanders, the alliance’s executive director, about […]

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Filmmaker Discusses Role of Photography As Tool For Social Change

Posted on · The Houston Cinema Arts Festival kicks off today. It’ll feature over 50 narrative and documentary films about artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. One of those films is Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. Writer and director Thomas Allen Harris says it’s the first documentary to explore […]

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Katy, Western Governors University, and Black Photographers: Houston Matters for Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Posted on · From time to time, Houston Matters seeks to learn more about the communities that make up and surround the Greater Houston area. On this edition of the program, we learn about the city of Katy, 30 miles west of downtown Houston. The city is named for the “Katy” Railroad – which was, in turn, a […]