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Society for the Performing Arts Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Posted on · (Above: The interior of Houston’s Jones Hall. Image Courtesy: SPA Houston) The Houston-based Society for the Performing Arts is somewhat unique in the region’s arts scene because it features, well, a little bit of everything. SPA performances range from musical acts to puppetry shows to dance companies to appearances by authors. This year, SPA celebrates its 50th anniversary […]

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Study Examines How and Where ‘Near-Misses’ Happen on Houston Roads

Posted on · (Above: An illustration of some common “near-misses” Houston cyclists and pedestrians face on Houston roads. Images Courtesy: Kinder Institute for Urban Research.) We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads – moments where we just dodged an accident. It could be a host of things, from changing lanes and not realizing there was someone in your […]

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Near Misses on Houston Roads, and SB 4 Court Battle: Thursday’s Show (May 17, 2017)

Posted on · We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads — moments when we just dodged an accident, while changing lanes and not realizing there’s someone in a blind spot, or not being seen by a speeding car while riding a bike. A team of researchers recently studied that latter experience – and ones like it. Dian Nostikasari […]

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How a Selfie Got Felicia Day Her Dream Job

Posted on · (Above: Actress Felicia Day. Image Courtesy: FeliciaDay.com) Felicia Day is a noted actress, writer, and all-around major figure in the so-called “geek” community. Some of her earliest appearances were in her own web series The Guild and Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog. More recently, she’s appeared in Supernatural, Eureka, and now the revival of Mystery Science […]

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Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee on Genetics, MTS3K Cast, and Felicia Day: Friday’s Show (May 12, 2017)

Posted on · What happens when a machine begins to read its own instruction manual? No, I’m not talking about Skynet (from the Terminator films) but rather humanity’s rapidly increasing understanding of its genome – the code that makes us who were are. We’ve mapped it and identified genes that lead to certain disorders. So could we someday just turn some of those genes […]

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Songs of Revelry, Love and Scorn at Saint Arnold Brewery

Posted on · (Above: Performers from Prima Volta, an organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston: (L-R) Heath Martin, baritone, Anna Diemer, soprano, Megan Berti, mezzo-soprano, Brian Yeakley, tenor, Andreea Muţ, pianist. Photo: Randy Eckman) Prima Volta is a local organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston. Every […]

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How Places Like Houston Will Help Solve America’s Immigration Issues

Posted on · (Above: Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. (Photo Courtesy: NIF/Ali-Noorani.com) As executive director of the National Immigration Forum, Ali Noorani advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration. That’s not an easy job these days amid debate over so-called “sanctuary cities” and the 287(g) program, the Trump Administration’s plans for a border […]

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Festival Aims to Demystify Arab Culture

Posted on · The Arab American Cultural & Community Center is hosting its fourth annual festival celebrating Arab-American Heritage Month throughout April. The festival includes a talk by installation artist Mona Hatoum, a screening of a film about the influence Arab immigrants have had on the U.S., and even a jazz concert on closing night. Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn […]

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The Houston Jewish Film Festival Celebrates Its Bar Mitzvah

Posted on · The 2017 Houston Jewish Film Festival runs March 5-19 at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. Among the numerous films screened this year is the Academy Award nominee Life Animated. The documentary tells the story of a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to […]

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How Dangerous is Lead in Houston School Drinking Water?

Posted on · Environment Texas, an Austin-based environmental advocacy group, recently gave Texas a failing grade on keeping drinking water safe in public school districts. In a report from the group released late last month, they noted that 65 percent of Texas schools tested have measured unsafe levels of lead. And HISD is included in that bunch, having […]

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DiverseCity: Natalie Lin, A Musician’s Profile

Posted on · Houston’s music schools attract a broad variety of students, from different backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities. One of them is Rice University violinist Natalie Lin. She’s lived in the United States for about ten years, but she started somewhere considerably far away. In a profile for Houston Public Media’s new DiverseCity initiative, Joshua Zinn looks at […]

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Tax Tips for 2016, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (February 24, 2017)

Posted on · The federal income tax deadline is just a little under two months away (April 18, 2017), but being prepared well in advance is never a bad idea. Preparing your taxes, after all, can be complicated, so on this edition of Houston Matters, we’re here to help! Craig Shenkman, a CPA and partner with BDO USA, joins us to answer […]

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Houston Public Media Launches “Encore Houston,” A Community-Based Classical Concert Music Show

Posted on · Houston Public Media is partnering with local concert organizations to produce “Encore Houston,” a new weekly music show and podcast that celebrates Houston’s vibrant classical music community.

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Takes the Stage in Opera Form

Posted on · “You can’t make someone want to live, you can’t save their life… they have to save themselves, but you can make your presence known,” is one of the pivotal lessons of the classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life, according to composer Jake Heggie. Based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie of the same name (which […]

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The Year In Education, and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Opera: Tuesday’s Show (December 13, 2016)

Posted on · This week, we’re recapping this past year’s biggest news stories with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics, arts and culture and sports. Today, we explore the year in education. In January, Mike Morath started his role as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He’s a known advocate for school choice and previously served […]