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George H.W. Bush Biographer, City Floods and ‘Prairie Home’ Host Chris Thile: Houston Matters Weekend for Feb. 4, 2017

Posted on · In his 2015 biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, author Jon Meacham explored how the nation’s 41st president has conducted himself throughout his life, through extensive interviews over a decade with the president, his family, friends, and colleagues. Meacham was also granted access to the former president’s audio diaries and […]

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‘A Prairie Home Companion’ Host Chris Thile Goes from Lifelong Fan to Host

Posted on · Some Houstonians likely first encountered musician Chris Thile at area clubs like McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, where Thile and his Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers bandmates performed amid nationwide tours. These days, though, more Houstonians likely know Thile as the new host of A Prairie Home Companion, heard weekends here on News 88.7. Thile, a regular […]

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Covering President Trump and the Bathroom Bill: Thursday’s Show (January 26, 2017)

Posted on · Last week, Senior White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway introduced America to the term “alternative facts” after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed – despite contradictory evidence — that Trump’s inauguration gathered the largest crowd ever for that event. Suddenly the press was faced with calling out blatant lies. That’s not something seasoned journalists enjoy […]

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Irish Session Plays for Over Thirty Years in Houston Pubs

Posted on · Traditional Irish music has been played for more than 30 years by a random group of people in Houston nearly every Wednesday night in two pubs. This so-called “Irish Session” began at The Red Lion on Main Street, but when that burned down, it moved to McGonigel’s Mucky Duck where it’s been happening for the […]

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Montgomery County Roads: Thursday’s Show (March 17, 2016)

Posted on · In January, Montgomery County’s Commissioners Court approved an update to the county’s thoroughfare plan, a guidepost of sorts for transportation projects, including a proposed extension of Woodlands Parkway to Texas 249. A month after commissioners approved the plan, The Woodlands’ governing board unanimously passed a resolution opposing some of the projects. On this edition of Houston […]

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Bobby Whitlock: You Might Not Know His Name, But You Know His Music

Posted on · You might not know the name Bobby Whitlock, but you probably know his music. He co-wrote, played and sang on the Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. (He’s the one playing that piano coda at the end of Layla). He also performed on George Harrison’s triple-solo album All Things Must […]

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Full-Day Pre-K and Bobby Whitlock: Thursday’s show (February 19, 2015)

Posted on · Legislation recently filed in the Texas House would create an incentive payment system for school districts offering full-day prekindergarten programs. The measure provides additional state funding for districts that agree to adopt a number of policies for those programs. Almost half of school districts in the state currently fund full-day programs, even though the state […]