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What Are Some of Houston’s Greatest Musical Influences?

Posted on · So Houston is not the music capital of the world like Austin is, but the nation's fourth largest city is still home to many influential bands and artists. For example, The Suffers, a local American soul band who recently appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, or a little-known female singer called Beyonce, oh […]

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Funding Texas Schools and Houstonians in Popular Music: Friday’s show (May 1, 2015)

Posted on · This week on News 88.7, education reporter Laura Isensee has examined how schools are financed in Texas in a series of reports called “Funding Texas Schools: Fair or Falling Short?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we present her reports on parents fighting for better funding for their children’s schools, what the current school funding […]

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Who Should Pay for Upgrades to NRG Stadium Before 2017 Super Bowl?

Posted on · As we discussed previously on this program, Houston's NRG Stadium will host Super Bowl 51 in February of 2017. However, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the NFL says it now wants around $50 million worth of renovations to the stadium before the big game. The Chronicle quotes Peter O'Reilly, the NFL's Senior Vice […]

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Longtime Houstonians Share Their Advice for Living Here

Posted on · We’ve had so many folks move to Greater Houston in recent years, and so each September, we present Houston Matters’ newcomers guide to Houston. But as much as we seek to make that guide informative, it’s missing an important piece. Namely: you! As in you longtime Houstonians, folks born and raised here, or who moved […]

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Should Non-Profit Hospitals Be Able to Sue Patients Over Unpaid Bills?

Posted on · Last month, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley told NPR and ProPublica he was “astounded” by the collection practices of some non-profit hospitals, who are seizing wages of low-income patients. NPR and ProPublica have found hundreds of such instances, which Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, says could be illegal. They would be, for sure, here in […]

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Hospitals Suing Patients & Book Famine: Monday’s Show (February 16, 2015)

Posted on · Last month, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley told NPR and ProPublica he was “astounded” by the collection practices of some non-profit hospitals, who are seizing wages of low-income patients. NPR and ProPublica have found hundreds of such instances, which Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, says could be illegal. They would be, for sure, here in […]

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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 […]

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Could Astros and Rockets Games Finally Be on Your Cable Provider Soon?

Posted on · There’s potentially a resolution at hand of a court case involving a proposal to sell the Houston Regional Sports Network. That’s the parent company of the long-lamented Astros-Rockets-Comcast partnership better known as CSN Houston, the channel 60 percent of Houstonians can’t see on providers who aren’t named Comcast. If approved by U.S. bankruptcy Judge Marvin […]

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Abortion and CSN Houston in Court, The “Divortex” and Hunting: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Posted on · The back and forth legal wrangling over Texas’ controversial 2013 abortion law continued Tuesday. The U.S. Supreme Court blocked the state from enforcing a key provision of the law, which had effectively closed all but a handful of health clinics in Texas providing abortions. The Justices granted a request to suspend a ruling by the […]

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Houston Rocks in August with a Slew of A-List Concerts

Posted on · The coming weeks feature all manner of A-list rock and pop talent stopping through Greater Houston. Among the performers: Chris Isaak at the Arena Theatre tonight, Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Spring tomorrow night, One Direction at NRG Stadium on Aug. 22, and the Backstreet Boys Aug. 31 […]

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HISD Superintendent and A-List Concerts: Houston Matters for Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Posted on · For the last five years, Terry Grier has served as the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest public school district in the nation, and the largest in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, in advance of a new school year, we welcome your questions for Superintendent Grier about public education […]

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Pro Sports and Identity and Freedmen’s Town Bricks: Houston Matters for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Astros probably won't lose 100 games this year, but they're likely to lose 90. The Houston Rockets' disappointing early playoff exit has been followed by a disappointing off-season, missing on free agents, and losing roster depth. The Houston Texans lost so many games in a row last year they dismissed their coach, and […]

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What’s the Worst Mistake You’ve Made in Houston Traffic?

Posted on · Houstonians love to complain about the bad drivers they encounter in our city’s often ridiculous traffic. But it’s always the other guy’s fault, right? Well, what if (just once in a while, of course) it was our fault? What’s your worst driving moment? What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made behind the wheel in Houston traffic, […]

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What’s On Your Houston Bucket List?

Posted on · For the last week, we’ve been asking you to contemplate items on your “Houston bucket list.” You know, those events, activities, and moments endemic to Houston that you want to be sure you experience them before you kick the proverbial bucket. Some of you e-mailed us with examples. Among them: A tour of Minute Maid […]

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The Houston Bucket List, HISD School Closure, and Battleship Texas Centennial: Houston Matters for Friday, March 14, 2014

Posted on · For the last week, we’ve been asking you to contemplate items on your “Houston bucket list.” You know, those events, activities, and moments endemic to Houston that you want to be sure you experience them before you kick the proverbial bucket. Some of you e-mailed us with examples. Among them: A tour of Minute Maid […]