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Full Show: Post-Harvey Workforce Shortage, And Opinions on Health Care (Sept. 19, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn about a workforce shortage post-Harvey. We get an update on the Arkema chemical plant, three weeks after fires erupted there. And we learn what patients and doctors think about the nation's health care system.

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Texas Music Festival Provides an Escape for Venezuelan Violist

Posted on · Music offers an escape for musician Abraham Martin. He plays the viola, and rehearsing and performing helps him escape a little from the ongoing turmoil in his home country of Venezuela. Lately, he’s been escaping a little bit more during the intense four weeks of training and rehearsing for the Texas Music Festival at the […]

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Rec Room Stages Stravinsky’s Once-Riotous ‘Rite of Spring’

Posted on · (Above: Performers from Rec Room’s production of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Rite of Spring.” Photo: Natasha Gorel) When Igor Stravinsky’s famous — and perhaps infamous — ballet: The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, it caused riots in the streets with the almost primitive sounds of the music – and equally primitive choreography depicting a story […]

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‘Jenny’s Law’ Protects Rape Victims, and DA Kim Ogg Fields Questions: Thursday’s Show (June 15, 2017)

Posted on · Harris County crime victims have more protection now. That’s because of legislation Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed earlier this month. Jenny’s Law is named in honor of a rape survivor who was held in the Harris County Jail in 2015 to ensure her testimony. The law goes into effect Sept 1. On this edition of […]

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Adapting Orwell’s ‘1984’ for the Stage

Posted on · George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the best-known depiction of a fictional, authoritarian dystopia where constant surveillance, distortion of facts, history, and language and subtle (or event overt) government oppression are important themes. Even for those who haven’t read it, the idea of “Big Brother is watching you” has found its way into the culture, and […]

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The Second Annual Houston Matters Spelling Bee

Posted on · On Wednesday (May 31, 2017), the best 12- to 14-year-old spellers from across the country will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Among them are two competitors from the Greater Houston area: Shourav Dasari, the 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee champion, and Raksheet Kota, the runner up. We wish them well, of course, […]