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Houston Writer Daniel Peña Wins Literary Prize for Small Presses

Posted on · The Pushcart Prize is one of the most prestigious literary prizes given to small presses and authors published by them. And, this year, a Pushcart landed close to home when Daniel Peña won for his short story Safe Home, originally published in 2015. Peña is an assistant professor of English at University of Houston-Downtown. Producer […]

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Refugee Resettlement: Thursday’s Show (October 6, 2016)

Posted on · ILast week (Sept. 30, 2016), Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott’s statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted […]

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Energy, Environmental, and Health Policy Challenges in Court: Wednesday’s Show (September 28, 2016)

Posted on · The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2016) heard oral arguments over a case challenging the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is seen by many environmental and industry watchers as one of the most important environmental cases in nearly a decade, as it will decide whether […]

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Houstonian Pet Peeves Day: Monday’s Show (September 19, 2016)

Posted on · Every few months, we give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston — like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It's your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your craw that […]

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Unaccompanied Minors and Immigration Courts: Wednesday’s Show (September 7, 2016)

Posted on · UNICEF (The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) last month released a report on the number of unaccompanied children coming into the United States from Central America. According to the report, nearly 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the U.S. border in the first six months of 2016. The report also touches on the importance […]

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Houston Poet Conor Bracken

Posted on · We meet Conor Bracken. Originally from Virginia, Bracken teaches and writes in Houston. His work has been published in — or forthcoming from — Handsome, the minnesota review, Ninth Letter, Puerto del Sol, and Thrush Poetry Journal, among others. He's held numerous jobs — including as an English tutor, a software tester and a food […]

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Why Is It So Hard for Novelists to Get Houston Right?

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we talk with writers who are either from Houston or who write about Houston (and sometimes both). And recently, there have been a handful of novels set in Houston getting critical praise, from The After Party, to Sunset City, to A Wife of Noble Character – among others. […]

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Exit Interviews, HCC, and Attica Locke: Wednesday’s Show (August 31, 2016)

Posted on · It’s becoming a sort of tradition: as folks step away from some long-held positions here in Greater Houston, they drop by Houston Matters for an “exit interview.” Today, we bring you two. First, Maggie Martin talks with Mike Talbott, who’s retiring from his post as executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District after […]

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Houston Poet Bruno Rios

Posted on · We meet Bruno Ríos. He’s a poet, novelist, translator and Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Hispanic Studies of the University of Houston. His academic and creative work has been published in numerous magazines and journals in the United States, Mexico and several countries in Latin America. Specialized in contemporary Mexican literature, his academic work […]

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Pediatricians and Sex Ed: Friday’s Show (August 5, 2016)

Posted on · The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a clinical report encouraging pediatricians to fill in a gap of sex education by discussing safe sex and healthy relationships with their patients. The report marks the first update by the AAP on the subject since 2001. And it's a push — if followed– that may be especially […]

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What Criminology Students Have to Learn from Studying Crime Novels

Posted on · A new class at the University of St. Thomas this fall will focus on the genre of the crime novel. What makes it unusual? It’s required for criminology students. To learn what criminology students have to learn from crime fiction, Michael Hagerty talked with English professor Dr. Connie Michalos, who says real crime tends to […]

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Judicial Latitude, Women’s Health, and Construction Safety: Tuesday’s Show (August 2, 2016)

Posted on · When former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa was sentenced last month (July 18, 2016) to 46 months in prison for repeatedly illegally logging into the Houston Astros' computer database, reaction was swift – and, in some cases, surprising. As the scandal was already well documented, many skipped taking Correa rightly to task for […]