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Full Show: Manafort Verdict, And Lessons From Hurricane Ike (Aug. 22, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Our experts break down the latest political stories. We examine the lessons learned from Hurricane Ike. And we hear from Ron Stallworth, the real-life detective who inspired Spike Lee’s film Blackkklansman.

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Full Show: Freezing Teacher Salaries, And Dredging The San Jacinto River (Aug. 9, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: HISD weighs whether to freeze teacher salaries. Then, we learn about efforts to dredge the San Jacinto River to protect Kingwood from flooding. We discuss what feminism looks like in a “post-feminist” society. And retired astronaut Clayton Anderson tells us about his new children's book.

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Full Show: Political Roundup, And Houston Public Media’s ‘Stories From The Storm’ (July 11, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We discuss a Baytown pipe manufacturer exemption request on imported steel and aluminum tariffs. Our political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories, and Houston Public Media’s 'Stories from the Storm' series featuring stories from community leaders and everyday Houstonians on how Harvey changed lives. Plus, we learn what went wrong at Worthing High.

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Examining The State Of Education In Houston

Posted on · News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee updates Houston Matters on the process of improving several failing schools in the Houston Independent School District, about turnover and contention in the district's top leadership, and allegations of bullying against the superintendent of Katy ISD.

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Full Show: New U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem, And Precision Engineering (May 14, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: A former ambassador provides analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a new U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem. Then, we discuss the pressing issues facing Houston's education community. Plus, writer Simon Winchester discusses his book, The Perfectionists. And Jeff Balke updates us on local sports.

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Full Show: Putting Faces On Skulls From San Jacinto, And Explaining Texas To Outsiders (April 30, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: Parents and advocates are calling on HISD to sue the state. Plus: A forensic artist brings to life the faces of soldiers lost at San Jacinto. Lawrence Wright talks about his book, God Save Texas. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.

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Full Show: Political Roundup, And Sam Houston’s Presidential Library (April 25, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn about an HISD board meeting that got unruly. We discuss the environmental clean-up after Harvey. Our political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories. And we learn about efforts to create the Sam Houston Republic of Texas Presidential Library.

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Full Show: A Conversation With HISD’s Richard Carranza, And Happy Houston (March 9, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We hear from outgoing HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza. Then, we offer you another chance to share the good news in your life. Plus, our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the week's news. And we talk with one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Full Show: Census Data On Texas Growth, And The Year In Education (Dec. 21, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We examine new census data and what it says about Texas. We look back at the year in education. We learn about the life of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote 'A Raisin in the Sun.' And we hear a performance from Houston-based Indie rock band Vodi.

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Full Show: Election Day Primer, And ExxonMobil Settlement (Nov. 7, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters, we preview the items you'll see on your ballot today. We discuss the recent ExxonMobil settlement over air pollution allegations. And we learn about an opera being staged in an airplane hangar at Hobby Airport.