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Alternative Energy Series Conclusion, Ashby High-Rise & The Inner Marilyn: Houston Matters for Tues., April 29, 2014

Posted on · Each Tuesday of this month, Houston Matters has explored efforts here in Greater Houston to pursue alternative, renewable forms of energy. In previous weeks, we discussed solar energy, hydrogen, wind power, and biofuels. On this edition of the program, we ask what you’d prefer to see energy companies here in Texas pursue – whether traditional […]

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One Year of Houston Matters: What Have We Gotten Right? What Can We Do Better?

Posted on · One year ago Saturday, Houston Matters debuted on Houston Public Media News 88.7. On that first broadcast, we spoke with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, learned the results of 2013’s Kinder Houston Area Survey, and spoke with Houston Public Media reporters about the various aspects of the beats they cover which new arrivals to Houston should know about. […]

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Houston Matters’ Anniversary, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and an iFest Preview: Houston Matters for Friday, April 25, 2014

Posted on · One year ago Saturday, Houston Matters debuted on Houston Public Media News 88.7. On that first broadcast, we spoke with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, learned the results of 2013’s Kinder Houston Area Survey, and spoke with Houston Public Media reporters about the various aspects of the beats they cover which new arrivals to Houston should […]

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Houston on the Cheap & Life After the Spelling Bee: Houston Matters for Fri., March 28, 2014

Posted on · No doubt about it: There’s lots to do in Greater Houston. But some of it can be pretty darned expensive. A nice dinner out, a show, a little shopping, parking – if you’re not careful, you can spend a lot of scratch in just one night on the town. But you don’t have to. There […]

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Volunteering, Health Insurance & BooTown Riffs: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 20, 2014

Posted on · It’s worth noting that more than 20,000 volunteers have kept the largest rodeo in the world running for the last three weeks, as they do every year. Volunteer Houston estimates about 200,000 to 300,000 people volunteer around the city annually between their organization, the Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Food Bank and the United Way. On […]

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Sustainability Through Higher Ed, 4H, FFA, & FotoFest: Houston Matters for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Posted on · A new report from Rice University’s Shell Center for Sustainability examines disparities in education and income in Houston, and its impact on the city’s economic expansion. “Houston Community Sustainability: The Quality of Life Atlas” looks at 24 social, economic, and environmental indicators of sustainability in 88 Houston “super-neighborhoods” and recommends major intervention to encourage more Houston […]

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Same Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down, Family Trees, and Houston Rap: Houston Matters for Thursday, February 27, 2014

Posted on · A federal judge in San Antonio Wednesday struck down the same sex marriage ban here in Texas. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled the ban unconstitutional, saying it deprives citizens equal protection under the law. But he also elected to delay the effect of his ruling while the state of Texas appeals. On this edition […]

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Bicycle and Motorcycle Safety in Houston and Your Gardening Questions: Houston Matters for Thursday, February 20, 2014

Posted on · On a recent Houston Matters, we talked about our lives in traffic in our cars. In this edition, we look at Greater Houston through cyclists’ eyes. We discuss recent bicycle accidents and explore bicycle and motorcycle safety in Houston. First, we discuss bicycles with Michael Payne, the Executive Director of Bike Houston, and Laura Spanjian, Sustainability Director for the City of Houston. Then, we discuss […]

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The Hispanic Vote, Curling & Valentine’s Day Angst: Houston Matters for Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014

Posted on · A new Gallup poll calls into question the conventional wisdom that changing demographics in Texas might lead to a change in statewide political power. The concept goes like this: more and more Hispanics are in Texas every year. Historically, they’re a voting bloc that leans heavily Democratic. Therefore, changing demographics in Texas suggest Democrats might […]

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Fracking Chemicals, Hockey in Houston, Great Art in Ugly Rooms: Houston Matters for Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Posted on · Companies that drill for oil use combinations of chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing process to free oil trapped in rock formations called shale. You probably know that drillers pump thousands of gallons of water mixed with such chemicals down into their wells. You may be aware there are rules about reporting what those chemicals are. […]

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Legalizing Marijuana & Audio Art: Houston Matters for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Posted on · The state of Colorado now allows the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Thousands of Coloradans, as well as people from outside the state, have descended on dispensaries to purchase pot legally. The state of Texas has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that legalization of marijuana could happen here anytime soon. […]

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Scavengers of ‘Found Items’ to Convene at Houston Event

Posted on · We’ve all come across something that belonged to someone else – whether it’s as simple as a grocery list left in a shopping cart or as personal as a letter intended for a boyfriend. These “found” items give us at least a moment’s glimpse inside the life of a stranger, the results of which can […]

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Sebelius Visits, Oil & Gas in 2014, Payday Loans, & Houston Holiday Events: Houston Matters for Fri., Dec. 20, 2013

Posted on · Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is in Houston today. Perhaps no other Obama administration official, save for President Obama himself, has been on the firing line more amid the troubled roll-out of the final phase of the Affordable Care Act. On today’s Houston Matters, we’ll have details on the Secretary’s visit, and on […]

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This Line’s Hard to Top at Parties: I Won a Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on · In 1997, Jody Williams became just the tenth woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The professor at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work was instrumental in negotiating the treaty to ban landmines. Now, she’s written a new memoir called “My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the […]

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Giving Thanks and Talking Turkey, Houston-style: Houston Matters for Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, in our last program before Thanksgiving, we welcome your examples of people, places, events, and ideas you’re thankful for here in Houston. And yes, we know, you’re thankful for your family and friends – we are too. Well, we don’t necessarily know your family and friends, but we’re thankful […]