Good, Bad and Ugly

Diploma Mills, a Strange Amazon Delivery, and Mascot of the Year: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a fraud lawsuit against a so-called diploma mill in Greater Houston, to Astros’ mascot Orbit being named Best Mascot, to a strange delivery from Amazon.com: we hammer out The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of recent Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Aurora Losada, editor of La Voz de […]

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Transportation Through 2040, Technological Singularity, and Rap Tourism: Houston Matters for Friday, December 12, 2014

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council is creating a plan that lays out the area’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. The 2040 RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) lays out the latest update to a continuous planning process that includes the eight central counties of the Houston-Galveston region. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Alan […]

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Oil Layoffs, Holiday Travel and BBQ Blunders: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From some potential layoffs in the Houston oil and gas industry, to a bustling holiday travel season getting underway, to a journalist’s errors in an article about Texas barbecue: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news (albeit a shortened holiday week). Our panel of non-experts this week includes: […]

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Ferguson, and What We’re Thankful For in Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Posted on · A number of Houston community organizations are planning a rally in MacGregor Park at 5 p.m. today, in response to a Ferguson, Mo., grand jury’s decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown back in August. Officials in and around Greater Houston are calling for peaceful protest. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who […]

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Sermon Subpoenas Withdrawn & Red Light Cameras: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some good, some bad, some ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of it all. On this week’s panel: Joe Holley, “Native Texan” columnist for the Houston Chronicle; attorney Mark […]

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Technology, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and a Cemetery Tour: Houston Matters for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Posted on · Happy Halloween!  On this edition of Houston Matters, Edel Howlin visits a Houston graveyard, we discuss the affordability of Halloween events in Houston, and we meet an actor from an area haunted house. We start, though, with the gadgets that haunt our world today. Technology is everywhere. So much so, in fact, that some really struggle […]

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Corporal Punishment, Grocery Delivery and Cancelled Music Fests: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · The NFL’s latest scandal reaches Greater Houston (Conroe to be exact, and Vikings’ star Adrian Peterson); a new grocery delivery service launches in Houston and bills itself as “Uber for groceries;” and the first Lone Star Music Festival gets cancelled before it even gets off the ground: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The […]

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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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Emmett’s Dome Plan, Crowdfunding Schools and the 99-Pack of Beer: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · This week Judge Ed Emmett unveiled his plan to save the Astrodome, many students started a new school year with their teachers forced to use crowd-funding sites to raise money for classroom supplies, and an Austin brewery is selling a 99-pack of its beer. We’ll decide whether those and other stories from the week’s Houston […]

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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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HERO Challenge Fails, Uber & Lyft Win, and Predicting Supreme Court Cases: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Houston news. This week, panelists Mark Bennett, Joe Holley and Aurora Losada discuss the equal […]

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Rethinking Marijuana Possession Penalties and Transitional Artifacts: Houston Matters for Friday, August 8, 2014

Posted on · A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union reported Harris County had one of the highest rates of marijuana arrests in 2010. Nearly 12,000 people in Harris County were busted for pot possession. Getting caught with even a little bit of marijuana in Texas is going to cost you. Possessing two ounces or less […]

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Affirmative Action, Confederate License Plates & Gov. Perry’s Boots: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From an appeals court ruling in favor of the University of Texas in an affirmative action lawsuit, to a ruling that favored a group wanting Texas to issue license plates that depict the Confederate flag, to Gov. Perry trading in his cowboy boots for more comfortable shoes: it’s The Good The Bad and The Ugly of […]

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The Night Shift & Richard Linklater: Houston Matters for July 18, 2014

Posted on · When most of us think about our lives and times here in Houston, we’re thinking about working or going to school during the day, then caring for, shuttling around, or – ideally –simply spending time with loved ones while we decompress in the evening. Then, we typically sleep through the night before we do it all again the next day. […]

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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 […]