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Houston Matters Weekend for September 10, 2016

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

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Why Does Houston Have So Many Mattress Stores?

Posted on · Houston-based company Mattress Firm was recently acquired by South African furniture retailer Steinhoff, a mattress supplier that already has a firm hold on the European market and was looking to get a foot into the American market. We thought this would be a good opportunity to revisit a piece producer Edel Howlin did last year […]

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Fetal Disposal, Oil and Gas Layoffs, and Blended Families: Thursday’s Show (August 18, 2016)

Posted on · New rules proposed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the state’s Health and Human Services Commission would change the way fetal tissue is disposed of after medical procedures like abortions, requiring burials or cremation instead of long-standing procedures allowing disposal in sanitary landfills. But it would also apply to miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies terminated in […]

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Conversations We’re Thankful For: Wednesday’s Show (November 25, 2015)

Posted on · Each day on Houston Matters, we, the producers of this program, are tasked with examining the issues, ideas, people, places and events that define Greater Houston. We're thankful to have the opportunity to bring you what we believe is a valuable service for the region. We're also thankful we have each other to bounce ideas […]

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Medicare, Medicaid, Mattresses, and MacBeth: Thursday’s show (July 30, 2015)

Posted on · Medicare and Medicaid turn 50 years old today. It was on this date in 1965 that then President Lyndon Johnson signed into law Amendments to the Social Security Act, which established these two federal health programs. We discuss the legacy of Medicare and Medicaid for Houstonians with Helen Valier, a medical historian at the University […]