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Sewers and Wells: Thursday’s Show (June 30, 2016)

Posted on · Water quality can be a challenge no matter where you live. In the city of Houston, aging sewer pipes could lead to higher water bills for many Houstonians. Outside of town, in more rural areas, some use private wells. But that well water isn’t regulated or routinely tested. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Houston Libertarians and a Grand Parkway Tour: Thursday’s Show (June 9, 2016)

Posted on · A longstanding mantra kicked around the Bayou City is that what's good for business is good for Houston. Yet Houston also has a history of advancing (some) social issues. These are not mutually exclusive concepts, and perhaps they're not surprising in a community that seems to have its fair share (maybe more) of libertarian (little […]

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Houston Poet Conor Bracken

Posted on · April is the 20th annual National Poetry Month. In conjunction, each Monday this month we’re meeting Houston-based poets. On this edition, 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 […]

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Flooding Update and Owen Bennett Jones: Tuesday’s show (April 19, 2016)

Posted on · A number of areas in and around Greater Houston continue to experience flooding after severe weather Monday (April 18, 2016). More than a foot of rain fell on the region, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and leaving at least five people dead in Harris County. According to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, three areas of the city […]

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Houston Poet Bruno Rios

Posted on · April is the 20th annual National Poetry Month. In conjunction, each Monday this month we’ll meet Houston-based poets. On this edition, 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 […]

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The Art of Three Generations Combines in One Performance of Poetry and Dance

Posted on · Over the past year or so, we've been sharing the stories of Houstonians who've followed in the career footsteps of their loved ones in our occasional series The Family Business. However, today we bring you the story of a family whose members, with each passing generation, tried to rebel against the family business, which was […]

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Writers League Helps Texas Authors Get Published

Posted on · Maybe your bucket list includes writing a novel. But where can writers and aspiring authors go in Greater Houston to connect with other writers to learn how to pen that novel or to get published? Well, for 35 years, that place has been the Writers’ League of Texas. The organization, while based in Austin, has […]

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Defining Great Teachers: Friday’s Show (February 12, 2016)

Posted on · The website Niche has published its rankings of the Houston metro area high schools with the best teachers. But how do you evaluate such a thing? What makes a teacher great? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Mark Tressler, vice president of product for Niche about how the site established its evaluation. […]

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Climate Summit Impact, Restaurants, and Books: Wednesday’s Show (December 9, 2015)

Posted on · The world has been watching Paris in recent days as the city hosts the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, known as COP21. But, since we’re a show that focuses on Houston, we wondered how might climate change decisions made at the summit affect industry here? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with […]

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Up Close With Houston’s First-Ever Youth Poet Laureate

Posted on · For the past two and a half weeks, Andrew White has had a secret. That's because the senior at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was chosen to be Houston's first-ever youth poet laureate – but he wasn't allowed to tell anyone until the news was announced last week (Nov. 12, 2015) […]

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LibroFEST 2015 Celebrates Latino Writers and Literature

Posted on · Hispanic Heritage Month continues through Oct.15, and Latino writers and literature will be celebrated this Saturday at the annual LibroFEST, being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Houston Public Library€™s Central Library downtown. The event kicks off with a screening of €œWar and Peace,€ the third episode in PBS€™ six-part series Latino […]

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School Construction and LibroFEST: Thursday’s Show (October 1, 2015)

Posted on · In 2012, Houston voters approved a $1.9 billion bond program to rebuild and renovate 40 schools. Now, district administrators say they are $200 million short due to construction market inflation; a teachers union rep and a school board member want an outside audit. On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine this budget battle over […]