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Union Management, Reza Aslan, and Loudon Wainwright III: Houston Matters for Friday, September 19, 2014

Posted on · Recently, Bryan Sky-Eagle abruptly resigned from his role heading up the firefighter’s union here in Houston, expressing fear for his safety, saying he’d been threatened by his own fellow firefighters. In light of the resignation, we discuss the challenges inherent in leading the rank and file in a union with Ron Turner, a Professor of […]

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Reinventing Texas Education and the Future of College Media: Houston Matters for Friday, August 29, 2014

Posted on · All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has examined big changes this year for public school students in Texas. Incoming freshmen are learning about new high school graduation plans. There’s less standardized testing, and more vocational classes. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Laura Isensee about her series […]

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Supreme Court, The Good The Bad and The Ugly, and Paula Poundstone: Houston Matters for Friday, June 27, 2014

Posted on · The Supreme Court’s latest session has nearly drawn to a close. The High Court has issued opinions and decisions in the final weeks in several widely anticipated cases, involving ones involving cell phone privacy and buffer zones around abortion clinics. And by the end of the day Monday, the Court’s expected to issue its decision […]

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The State of Spanish-Language News in Houston

Posted on · A few weeks back, Spanish language newspaper Rumbo closed up shop here in Houston, publishing its last issue. Still, there are nearly two dozen Spanish language media outlets in Houston. It’s not just a Univision and Telemundo world anymore. But aside from the language itself, is the news that’s reported in Spanish different from the […]

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Mayors, Food Marketing, and Spanish Language Media: Houston Matters for Monday, June 23, 2014

Posted on · The 82nd annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors wraps up today in Dallas. The organization of mayors from cities with populations of 30 thousand or more meets each year to discuss and vote on resolutions on issues ranging from education to the economy to energy, housing, immigration and beyond. On this edition of […]

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Day Trips, Good Bad and Ugly, and Texas Tenors: Houston Matters for Friday, June 6, 2014

Posted on · Day trips are a great way to get out and explore areas near Houston without packing a full bag. On this edition of Houston Matters, from smaller towns to national parks, we talk about some of the trips Houstonians can fit into a day. We welcome your suggestions, as we talk with Kristin Finan, author of […]

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Brown v. Board Legacy, Astrodome Revisited, and Lyricist Tim Rice: Houston Matters for Friday, May 16, 2014

Posted on · Exactly 60 years ago tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education. The High Court ruled the concept of “separate, but equal” public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. The ruling led to desegregation nationwide. While the spirit of the Brown […]

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Houston Matters’ Anniversary, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and an iFest Preview: Houston Matters for Friday, April 25, 2014

Posted on · One year ago Saturday, Houston Matters debuted on Houston Public Media News 88.7. On that first broadcast, we spoke with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, learned the results of 2013’s Kinder Houston Area Survey, and spoke with Houston Public Media reporters about the various aspects of the beats they cover which new arrivals to Houston should […]

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Houston’s Millennials and The Good the Bad and the Ugly: Houston Matters for Friday, April 4, 2014

Posted on · Houston is one of the younger cities in the nation by median age. We have a lot of “Millennials” here – the term typically refers to those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s. What’s drawn them here? What do they want from Houston? What do they contribute to it? What are the priorities, […]

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Social Consumerism and Politics in Houston and Galveston’s Mardi Gras: Houston Matters for Friday, February 21, 2014

Posted on · There are lots of reasons to purchase products from one company over another – usually, we consider price or quality or convenience – but sometimes, the decision is a moral one. Does the company treat its workers well? Does it do business with unsavory people? Does it use sound environmental practices? In other words – […]

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Asian-Americans, Good Bad & Ugly in Houston News & Mardi Gras: Houston Matters for Fri., Jan. 31, 2014

Posted on · Today is the Lunar New Year. (Happy Year of the Horse!) Many organizations around Houston are hosting events to ring in the traditional Chinese New Year. In light of these celebrations, on this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss how Houston’s Asian-American community contributes to our economy and culture. We’ll also talk with an official from HISD’s Mandarin […]

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Sleep & Sleep Disorders, Craig Biggio & the Hall of Fame, and Houston ‘Found Objects’: Houston Matters for Fri, Jan 10, 2014

Posted on · On the road, at work, at school, at home, we, our friends, neighbors, co-workers, loved ones – average less than seven hours of sleep each weekday. That’s a lot of sleep-deprived Houstonians. And we’re not just tired, we’re inattentive, less productive, and it’s not good for us. On this edition of Houston Matters, how Houstonians sleep […]

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Banning Native American Mascots, Rising Rents & Checking In at the Rodeo: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · HISD banned Native American mascots — or any mascot based on a racial or ethnic group. A study says Houston is among the cities with the biggest increase in rents. And the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was one of Facebook’s top ten checked-into places of the year. Our panel of decided non-experts decides if […]

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Rice Pres. David Leebron, Good Bad & Ugly of Houston News, & Playing Crumpet the Elf Again and Again: Houston Matters for Fri., Dec. 13, 2013

Posted on · In the collective history of Rice University, it has had just seven Presidents. The current President, David Leebron, assumed that role in 2004, and in the years since, Rice has seen significant increases in undergraduate enrollment, the launch of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, new residential colleges, new buildings on campus, and visits from important figures ranging […]

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Passing Time in Traffic: Savoring Your Down Time

Posted on · If you don’t have a very long commute to and from work, consider yourself lucky. But, if you’re like the rest of us, sitting in traffic to get from Point A to Point B, we hear you. We understand it can get frustrating and even downright maddening sometimes to get stuck in traffic, waiting…and waiting…and […]