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Raising a Transgender Son, and the 80’s Oil Bust: Houston Matters Weekend for January 14, 2017

Posted on · LGBT rights continue to be a divisive issue in this country, with battles waging inside the legislature and courts of North Carolina making news. Now Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s Senate Bill 6 has been filed and mimics the very language that has cost North Carolina millions of dollars thus far. The bill isn’t that surprising. Last May, […]

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Cities Within The City: Landlocked Municipalities Can Create Confusion For Houstonians

Posted on · We learn about the many cities within the city of Houston -- the areas that have been surrounded by Houston's sprawl yet retained their own governments, police forces, and personalities.

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What Was the 1980s Houston Oil Bust Really Like?

Posted on · Slogging through an economic slowdown after a period of rapid growth can be frustrating. It can also be easy to lose perspective. To gets some of that perspective, we travel back in time 30 years to July of 1986, with the help of Houston Matters’ new WABAC machine (…also with the help of an area economist, […]

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How and Why Houston Neighborhoods Have Morphed Over the Years

Posted on · Some of Houston’s neighborhoods have, for lack of a better phrase, “morphed” over the decades. Montrose once had a much larger African-American community, then it became known as Houston’s gay neighborhood, then a more gentrified area. Sharpstown, Meyerland, The Heights — they’ve all undergone transformative change from one generation to the next. We explore what’s […]

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Constitutional Convention and Campus Carry: Wednesday’s Show (January 13, 2016)

Posted on · On Tuesday night (Jan. 12, 2016), President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. On this edition of Houston Matters, University of St. Thomas Political Science Professor Jon Taylor joins us to examine what, if any, implications the President’s remarks may have on Greater Houston. Then, we follow up on comments made last […]

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How Do Houston Streets Get Named — And Sometimes Renamed?

Posted on · Last week, the Prairie View City Council upheld its decision to rename University Drive in honor of Sandra Bland. Naming and renaming streets in the city of Houston can be a lengthy and sometimes controversial process. So, today, we explore why and how streets are named and renamed and what prompts the process. We hear your […]

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Renaming Streets and Science in the Movies: Friday’s Show (October 2, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, the Prairie View City Council upheld its decision to rename University Drive in honor of Sandra Bland. Naming and renaming streets in the city of Houston can be a lengthy and sometimes controversial process. On this edition of Houston Matters, explore why and how streets are named and renamed and what prompts the […]

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Understanding Houston’s Many Wards

Posted on · For some time now on Houston Matters, when the words “ward” or “wards” get mentioned, we’d be guaranteed to get an email or a tweet from a listener asking the same question: “You mention the wards, but where can I find information on them?” Outside of places like Wikipedia, it can be difficult information to […]

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Arctic Drilling and Houston’s Wards: Wednesday’s Show (September 23, 2015)

Posted on · The Arctic Ocean might seem a long long way from Houston. And, well, it is. So why should we be concerned with something happening way up there (other than, of course, climate change)? Well, drilling for oil in the Arctic could have direct and indirect effects on the city’s many oil and gas companies — […]