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Irish Culture Strongly Influences Houston

Posted on · Houston’s early beginnings would be closely associated with the Allen brothers, who founded the city, or John Richardson Harris, the man responsible for the name, Harris County. These are the names you see in and around the city, men who played a major part in founding the Houston we know and love today. If you scratch […]

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Bats Play a Significant Role in Houston Ecosystem

Posted on · Houston is home to more than ten species of bats, many of them living in trees. If you’re surprised to learn those two facts, then you probably think you don’t know too much about these winged animals. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. That’s the very reason we sent Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin out to […]

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Skiing Is a Big Passion for Many Houstonians

Posted on · There’s a lot of physical activity you can engage in here in Houston. Biking, running, swimming, hiking. Skiing is harder to come by (which may be what prompted one Houston Matters listener’s suggestion of turning the Astrodome into a giant ski slope). That doesn’t mean there aren’t avid skiers here. With the 2014 Winter Olympics […]

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Online University Aims to Bring College to More People

Posted on · Back in 1996 a group of bipartisan western governors got together and wanted to figure out how to use technology to bring post-secondary education to a larger number of people. The hope was to make it efficient, affordable and easily accessible — which meant it had to be online. Out of this meeting, a non-profit […]

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Icy Weather, The Good The Bad & The Ugly, & Young Choir Voices: Houston Matters for Fri., Jan. 24, 2014

Posted on · Dozens of schools are closed today and transportation officials are warning motorists to stay off the roads after a mix of rain and below-freezing temperatures overnight brought on icy conditions for the Greater Houston area. Today on Houston Matters, we’ll discuss how TX DOT prepared for the region’s winter storm and how emergency officials will […]

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Chamber Choir Presents Music To Commemorate JFK Assassination

Posted on · As we near the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the Houston Chamber Choir will perform Requiem for a President at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Houston. The Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director Robert Simpson spoke with Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin about the music they chose to honor President Kennedy’s memory. Event Info: What: Requiem for […]

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Texas Art Asylum: Resale Shop for Artists

Posted on · “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That old saying has been turned into a thriving business at the Texas Art Asylum. Owner’s Ramona Brady and Jennifer McCormick accept things that people don’t need, don’t want or have no use for anymore and sell them to local artists and crafters. They then turn their profits […]

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Houston’s Inaugural SLAB Parade for Cars that Are Slow, Low and Bangin’

Posted on · This Sunday, the Houston SLAB Parade and Family Festival seeks to celebrate cars that are “Slow, Low, and Bangin.”  Such SLABs are typically older-model American sedans enhanced by modifications to both the exterior and interior of the car. It’s a tradition rooted in hip hop culture here in Houston, dating back to the 1980s. You may have […]

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50 Restaurants That Define Houston Dining

Posted on · Houstonia Magazine recently published its list of the 50 Restaurants That Define Houston Dining. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin went to one of the restaurants on the list — Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar in The Heights — with writers Katharine Shilcutt and Robb Walsh to learn why they chose the restaurants they did and what kinds of eateries […]