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What Role Should Google and Facebook Play in Addressing Fake News?

Posted on · In recent months, Google and Facebook have each announced efforts to address the rise of false news reports shared — or wrongly pointed to — by their companies’ algorithms. But how much responsibility should free web browsers or social media sites have for how their products are used? How does “fake news” get proliferated so […]

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How Powerful Should the President Be? Monday’s Show (April 24, 2017)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we join with public radio programs nationwide participating in NPR’s latest A Nation Engaged project, examining Power and the Presidency. We ask you: How powerful should any American president be? What do you see as the proper balance between the executive, legislative and judicial branches? What would you like to […]

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Houston High Schoolers Share Their Take on the Media

Posted on · At a time when mainstream media is facing constant — and often unspecific — criticism from the President of the United States, and in an age when what even defines “media” and “journalism” depends in large measure on who’s doing the defining, how are young people consuming news and reacting to it? We visit Jersey […]

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and March Movies: Tuesday’s Show (March 14, 2017)

Posted on · The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo heads into its second week. In just its first five days, the annual event has drawn more half a million visitors to events ranging from calf roping, to mutton busting, to the carnival and numerous big-name musical acts. On this edition of Houston Matters, we send Michael Hagerty to […]

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How Emerging Technology is Changing the Way We Experience Sports

Posted on · We’re just days away from Houston being the focus of the sports world when, of course, the city hosts Super Bowl 51. So it’s fitting that on Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2017) the University of Houston hosts a summit on sports and media. Leaders in the sports communication industry will converge to discuss how new and […]

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Economic Impact of the Super Bowl: Tuesday’s Show (January 31, 2017)

Posted on · A new study commissioned by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee says Super Bowl 51 will bring in $350 million for the city. We talk with Ken McGill, managing director of Rockport Analytics, the research firm behind the study, about how they calculated that amount, where the money is going, and what the Super Bowl means […]

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Remembering Sports Anchor Bob Allen and the State of TV News

Posted on · Longtime TV sports anchor Bob Allen passed away Wednesday, after a long battle with cancer. Allen worked for nearly four decades in TV sports, most of it as sports director at KTRK Channel 13, before finishing his career at KHOU Channel 11. Today, we talk with former colleagues about Allen and then discuss the current […]

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TTIP, Reporter Roundtable, and Bob Ford: Friday’s Show (June 10, 2016)

Posted on · The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership aims to streamline trade between the United States and the European Union. With so much international trade going through the Port of Houston, how will this deal affect the Greater Houston region? On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask the pro-business Greater Houston Partnership’s Horacio Licon. He’s the partnership’s […]

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How Has the Portrayal of Hispanics in the Media Changed in the Last 30 years?

Posted on · The Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The non-profit provides support for Hispanics involved in the gathering and dissemination of news, to encourage and support the study and practice of journalism by Hispanics, and to promote a fair and accurate portrayal of Hispanics in the media. We discuss the challenges […]

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The State of Radio in Houston

Posted on · Amid technological advances, format changes, and frequencies bought and sold, the radio industry is constantly in flux. The rise of streaming, HD Radio, podcasts, and satellite radio all available on demand have provided listeners more choices than ever. What does it all mean for radio in Greater Houston today and in the future? We ask […]

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How Do We React to Impending Storms — Is it Appropriate or Too Much Hype?

Posted on · Whenever there’s a storm headed our way, we respond in a number of ways. Many Houstonians heed warnings of public officials to shelter in place if the storm is particularly serious. Others flaunt such warnings and make up their own minds about how dangerous a coming storm may be. Some media seek to explain what’s […]