Houston Matters

Full Show: Health Care Merger Called Off, And Non-Citizen Voters List (Feb. 5, 2019)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The proposed merger between Memorial Hermann and Baylor Scott & White has been called off. Plus, we preview the State of the State address. We learn how area counties are handling lists of possible non-citizen voters. A sociologist explains how racism can persist without racists. And a local theater company throws itself a wake.

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Full Show: Health Care Merger, and Rep. Culberson Candidate Interview (Oct. 2, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We take a closer look at the proposed merger between Memorial Hermann and Baylor Scott & White. Then, Rep. John Culberson of Congressional District 7 answers your questions. Plus, we learn what makes Houston a difficult place to conduct polls. And we reflect on the Battle of Gonzales.

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Lessons from the Failed Halliburton-Baker Hughes Merger

Posted on · As we learned last week (May 2, 2016), Halliburton and Baker Hughes — two of the world’s biggest oilfield services companies — called off their proposed merger, worth around $28 billion. To learn more about why the deal fell through — and about the impact on Houston — is Loren Steffy, managing director for 30 Point […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Halliburton-Baker Hughes Merger, and Equal Pay for Women’s Soccer: 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 rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, we discuss the U.S. […]

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The State of Houston Transportation: Friday’s Show (April 8, 2016)

Posted on · Today, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. On this edition of Houston Matters, we delve into what is a sort of pastime for Houstonians: complaining about our traffic and the conditions of our roads. We explore the state of transportation […]

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Justice Department Sues Halliburton To Stop Acquisition Of Baker Hughes

Posted on · Amid news that the U.S. Justice Department is suing to block the proposed merger of Halliburton and Baker-Hughes, we revisit our conversation from just last month about the possibility this deal could be squelched. Just a couple months ago, during one of our internal weekly pitch meetings to discuss future Houston Matters topics, one of […]

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Whatever Happened to the Halliburton-Baker Hughes Merger?

Posted on · Remember how in November 2014, Halliburton and Baker Hughes announced they were merging? The nation’s second and third largest oilfield service companies coming together to the tune of $34.6 billion. Then…nothing. The merger hasn’t happened yet. In the more than 14 months since, crude oil prices have dropped lower than nearly anyone imagined. Both corporations […]