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KUHF Conversations: Claudia Kolker

Posted on · Houston journalist Claudia Kolker says the presence and influence of immigrants in the United States can help everyone lead healthier and happier lives. Kolker, who is a contributing editor to the Houston Chronicle's editorial board, travelled the country to study various customs and practices ranging from post-natal care, to studying, to saving money, diet, and relationship help. She compiled what she found, backed up by scholarly research, in a book called "The Immigrant Advantage - What We Can Learn From Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness, and Hope". Kolker sat down with Morning Edition host David Pitman to talk about one of the customs that helped her.

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KUHF Conversations: Chevron Houston Marathon Executive Director Wade Morehead

Posted on · The Chevron-Houston Marathon is the city's single-largest sporting event, attracting tens of thousands of runners from around the world. KUHF's David Pitman recently sat down with the marathon's executive director, Wade Morehead, to talk about the logistics of pulling off the race, what the running of the Olympic marathon trials on Saturday means for Houston's reputation as a running city, and what's the time to beat on Sunday.

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KUHF Conversations: HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier

Posted on · On the "official" first day of the 2010-2011 school year, David Pitman catches up with HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier. The two talk about what the first week has been like for the Apollo 20 schools, the underperforming campuses that began a week early. They also discuss the extra five days that all students will be in class this year, and how Dr. Grier will measure the success of the various programs and initiatives he's put in place since taking over the HISD last fall.

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KUHF Conversations: HISD’s Angela Miller

Posted on · The final round of public comment gets underway Wednesday in the political and academic battle over new history and social studies standards for K-12 students in Texas Public Schools. Conservatives on the State Board of Education have presented, and will likely approve, hundreds of changes to the cirricula to balance out what they see as a liberal slant to the current standards. To get an idea of how these changes would affect teachers and students, KUHF's David Pitman got in touch with Angela Miller. She manages the social studies cirricula for secondary students in the Houston Independent School District.

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KUHF Conversations: New Metro CEO George Greanias

Posted on · George Greanias began work this week as the interim CEO and President of Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority. He recently sat down with KUHF's David Pitman to talk about his top priorities, the status of federal funding for the light rail system, and how to improve bus service. Greanias also gets into whether fare hikes could be part of the immediate future, and what he hopes to accomplish as he seeks to make the "interim" CEO title a "permanent" one.