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Requiring Refineries To Offer Documents And Meetings In Languages Other Than English (April 22, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: A new proposal would require refineries and chemical plants to offer documents and public meetings in languages other than English, the history of the Black cowboy in Texas, and an alternate history of the space race.

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Full Show: No-Knock Raids, And Unsung Civil Rights Leaders (Feb. 19, 2019)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: HPD ends the use of no-knock raids. We learn about some unsung Civil Rights activists. An art exhibit features work by adults with disabilities. And we reflect on what the film Reality Bites says about Houston, 25 years later.

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Full Show: Comicpalooza, And Superfluous Superheroes (May 25, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday’s Houston Matters: We broadcast live from the convention floor at Comicpalooza, where we discuss what conventions like it mean for Greater Houston, the saturation of superheroes in pop culture, and The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. Plus, we learn about the three different film festivals happening at Comicpalooza.

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Westerns as Morality Plays: High Noon and the Hollywood Blacklist

Posted on · (Above: Gary Cooper in a scene from the 1952 Western “High Noon.”) Tonight (March 1, 2017) at 7 at Brazos Bookstore, journalist Glenn Frankel will discuss his new book, called High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic. The book is about the classic Hollywood western High Noon, which, of course, […]

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Political Roundup, and the Best Places to Watch Sports in Houston: Wednesday’s Show (March 1, 2017)

Posted on · For the first time, President Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night (Feb. 28, 2017). Plus the Texas Legislature continued into its eighth week. On this edition of Houston Matters, we convene our weekly political roundup to discuss the those and other political stories happening at the national, state and local […]

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How ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ Became a Cult Classic

Posted on · When Gene Wilder died late last month (Aug. 29, 2016), area film critic Joe Leydon reached out to Houston Matters, noting what he called "unfortunately great timing" for a special screening in town (Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 at Alamo Drafthouse) of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, starring Wilder as the titular Wonka. The film, […]

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Segregation, Construction Numbers and Ben Kingsley: Thursday’s Show (September 15, 2016)

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the "most diverse city in America." And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that's correct. Houston exhibits something called "the entropy index," meaning our city comes closer than any […]

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Listener Comments: The Unintended Consequences of ‘Life of Brian’

Posted on · And now, one of your recent comments: Carolyn Sylvan wrote us after our conversation with film critic Joe Leydon about Monty Python and the Holy Grail. She says when she was in 7th grade, her mom encouraged her and a friend to rent the film. She says when the Black Knight scene came on, she […]

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Film Critic Joe Leydon Professes His Love of All Things Monty Python

Posted on · Tonight (Aug. 10, 2016) and again next week (Aug. 18, 2016) area Alamo Drafthouse cinemas will present a Monty Python and the Holy Grail quote-along, complete with your own coconut clomping! Seems a fitting moment to discuss all things Python with Joe Leydon, who teaches cinema at the University of Houston and Houston Community College, […]