Full Show

Ozone Standards and Mental Health on Campus: Monday’s Show (August 22, 2016)

Posted on · The Houston region has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels. With new, tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act, Houston’s really only further away. It may be little comfort, but now we have some company: El Paso and San Antonio have joined Houston on a dubious ozone offender list. On this edition of […]

Full Show

University Endowments and Petrochemical Boom: Wednesday’s Show (April 6, 2016)

Posted on · Amid rising tuition, some members of Congress want to know how private universities use their massive endowments. The lawmakers recently sent a letter to a number of schools, including Rice, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Christian University, asking for a response. On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Houston Chronicle higher education reporter […]

Full Show

Wind Power Transmission and Steel Pipe: Monday’s Show (April 4, 2016)

Posted on · A Houston-based company has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to carry out a project designed to modernize a portion of the country’s electric grid and be able to deliver wind-generated energy from the Texas panhandle, Oklahoma and southwest Kansas to more than 1.5 million homes across several states. DOE […]

Houston Matters

Why Are Industrial Companies Moving To Pearland?

Posted on · Pearland has experienced a surge in recent years in industrial growth. We talk with Matt Buchanan, president of the Pearland Economic Development Corporation, about why FloWorks, Dover Energy, Merit Medical, Tool-Flo, Profile Wire and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Compressors International have all developed facilities in Pearland in recent years, and whether that trend is likely to […]

Full Show

Industry and the Environment: Tuesday’s Show (October 6, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we examine a pair of developments involving industry and the environment in Houston. First, it’s been nearly a year since four workers died in a toxic gas leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte. Last week, federal investigators presented their findings. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin discusses the report with News […]

Full Show

Industry Regulators and the Sharing Economy: Monday’s Show (October 5, 2015)

Posted on · How close are regulators to the businesses they are charged with watching? When does their mission to protect the public interest get mired in the will to further industry? Texas Tribune energy reporter Jim Malewitz has been contemplating these questions. On today’s Houston Matters, he joins us to discuss the sometimes uneasy relationship between industry […]

Full Show

NTSB Ruling, Jade Helm and Sobriety Theater: Thursday’s Show (June 11, 2015)

Posted on · The National Transportation Safety Board this week issued its initial report on a March 2014 collision in the Houston Ship Channel between the bulk carrier Summer Wind and the Miss Susan tow in lower Galveston Bay, which led to an oil spill and temporary closure of the channel. While the accident occurred on a foggy day, the […]

Full Show

Economic Forecast, Chemical Safety, and Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, The Greater Houston Partnership officially unveils its economic forecast for the region for the coming year. But we have a preview for you on today’s Houston Matters. From employment, to industry, to trade, travel, real estate, the cost of living, and more, the report outlines how Greater Houston is faring. We discuss the report with […]

Full Show

Immigration Reform and La Porte Chemical Leak Deaths: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Posted on · Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss whether, amid the changing winds […]

Full Show

Ship Channel Centennial, Trees, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, November 10, 2014

Posted on · 100 years ago today, the Houston Ship Channel officially opened. The Ship Channel is a part of the Port of Houston, one of America’s busiest seaports. In fact, last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Port of Houston led the nation in the total tonnage it imported. The Port of Houston Authority claims […]

Full Show

Self-Reporting, Silver Alerts, and Symphony Broadcast Preview: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Posted on · While government authorities are tasked with investigating industrial accidents, those efforts, particularly here in Texas, are often triggered by industry “self-reporting.” But how does that work exactly? And how far do we defer to and trust companies to report accidents? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about the concept of industry self-reporting, and consider […]