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Full Show: Remembering NASA Pioneer Chris Kraft, And Moving The Battleship Texas (July 23, 2019)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Reflecting on the career of NASA's Chris Kraft, the future of the Battleship Texas, a NASA engineer writes science fiction, and we preview the Houston Shakespeare Festival.

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Full Show: Election Security, And Gender Roles In Shakespeare (July 27, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We address concerns over security in the upcoming November election. Our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news. And we examine a new approach to gender roles at the Houston Shakespeare Festival.

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Houston Shakespeare Festival Presents ‘Henry V’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’

Posted on · Once again this summer, the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance presents the Houston Shakespeare Festival at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Last year’s festival drew more than 37,000 people. This summer, the festival features productions of Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing.  We talk about the productions with this year’s directors and […]

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Democratic Convention Wrap-Up: Friday’s Show (July 29, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 Democratic National Convention concluded last night, with Hillary Clinton accepting her party’s nomination for President. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe, who has been reporting this week from the convention in Philadelphia. We discuss the impact the Texas delegation had on events this week. We […]

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Out Brief Candle: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Death Scenes

Posted on · Later this month (April 23, 2016), in celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Brazos Bookstore will host actors from the Houston Shakespeare Festival. They’ll present some of Shakespeare’s greatest death scenes. We hear a sampling of what they’ll perform from actors Constance Swain (as Juliet) and Josh Clark (as Romeo) in — of course […]

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Live from Houston’s Theater District: Tuesday’s Show (April 5, 2016)

Posted on · Today, Houston Matters broadcasts live from Jones Plaza, in the heart of Houston’s theater district! The district, in collaboration with Houston First, is presenting a series of “Food Truck Tuesdays” as a way to encourage Houstonians who work in nearby downtown offices to interact with one another and learn more about the city’s theater offerings. […]

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Dost Thou Heareth Shakespeare in Houston?

Posted on · For almost 40 years, the Houston Shakespeare Festival has been bringing the love of Iambic pentameter and 400-year old drama to the Miller Outdoor Theatre. This year’s nine-day run, from July 31st to August 9th, features Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice in repertory. Paige Phelps headed to rehearsals on the University of Houston campus […]

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Medicare, Medicaid, Mattresses, and MacBeth: Thursday’s show (July 30, 2015)

Posted on · Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 years old today. It was on this date in 1965 that then President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Amendments to the Social Security Act, which established these two federal health programs. We discuss the legacy of Medicare and Medicaid for Houstonians with Helen Valier, a medical historian at the University of Houston. […]

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Houston Shakespeare Festival Celebrates 40 Years of Free Theatre

Posted on · The Houston Shakespeare Festival, hosted by the University of Houston’s School of Theatre and Dance, turns 40 this year. Every year, the festival presents free productions of Shakespeare plays at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival presents The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Henry IV, Part 1. We talk with Executive Director Jim Johnson, and cast members David […]

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Year Round School, Films, and the Houston Shakespeare Festival: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 30, 2014

Posted on · School is still a few weeks away for most Texas students, but classes have already begun for some in the state. That includes in El Paso, where students within Socorro ISD started attending class on Monday. They’re in what’s commonly referred to as “year-round” education. Instead of a long summer break – students get shorter […]

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The Bard on the Bayou – The Houston Shakespeare Festival

Posted on · For 38 years, The Houston Shakespeare Festival has provided Houstonians the opportunity to see the Bard’s classic works performed on stage. This year’s festival runs August 2nd through the 11th at Miller Outdoor Theatre. This year, the festival features two plays – Antony and Cleopatra, and As You Like It. The latter is directed by […]