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Monday’s Show: A Potential Second Wave Of COVID-19, & Poet Jericho Brown (May 18, 2020)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: An update on COVID-19 in Greater Houston, what a potential second wave of the virus might mean, vocational training programs find ways to continue, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown.

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Full Show: Measles in Houston, And Defining Hate Crimes (Aug. 29, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn more about measles and the effectiveness of vaccination. We break down the week's big political stories. We discuss what constitutes a hate crime. And writer Attica Locke talks about her work.

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Full Show: Zero Tolerance Policy’s Effect On Resources, And Developing A New Ebola Vaccine (June 19, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss how the “zero tolerance” immigration policy is straining resources locally. We learn about a new experimental Ebola vaccine developed by a Galveston researcher. Horticulturalist Linda Gay answers your gardening questions. And, to commemorate Juneteenth, we revisit Emancipation Park's re-dedication celebration last year.

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Full Show: Transmitting Wind Energy, And Writer Junot Diaz (April 3, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn about a Houston-based project to transmit wind energy across the Midwest. Then, we learn about standards for sanitation at health clinics. Plus, we discuss the effectiveness of protesting. And Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz talks about his children's book, Islandborn.

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How Over-Prescribed Antibiotics Impact Your Life

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital are using a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to try to develop ways to combat Clostridium difficile or C. diff, the most common and potentially deadly bacterial infection impacting children and adults. It’s a hospital-acquired infection, and it is often tied to […]

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First Zika-Linked Microcephaly Case Identified in Harris County Baby

Posted on · Harris County Public Health has confirmed the first Zika-related case of microcephaly in Harris County and the state of Texas. The mother of the infant with the birth defect was initially tested for Zika during her pregnancy, but the results of that test were inconclusive, according to officials. Like all others involved in cases of Zika infection […]

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Is Total Eradication of Mosquitoes Possible?

Posted on · On a recent program, we discussed funding — or the lack thereof — to combat the Zika virus at the city and county levels. A lot of that discussion surrounded preventing the proliferation of Aedes aegypti — the type of mosquito that carries the virus. Of course, it’s unrealistic to think we could just completely wipe out […]

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City and County Officials Try to Fight Zika with Fewer Dollars

Posted on · Houston officials at both the city and county levels say efforts to prevent the spread of the Zika virus are underfunded. While Pres. Obama requested $1.9 billion to fight the disease back in February, the US House and Senate each have approved even less. At a press conference last month (May 23, 2016), Mayor Sylvester Turner […]