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Full Show: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan, And Law Enforcement And The Black Community (Feb. 12, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: We learn how Pres. Trump's infrastructure plan could affect Houston. The Texas Railroad Commissioner talks about oil and gas expanding to new parts of the state. Then, we revisit the relationship between Houston's African-American community and the police. We get answers to your pet care questions. And MK Bower discusses the latest Houston sports news.

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Rockets Win First Playoff Game, and Astros Return Home in First Place

Posted on · The Rockets dominated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half Sunday night (April 16, 2017) to take the first game of their playoff series 118-87. And, after getting rained out Sunday in Oakland, the Astros return home in first place in the AL West to face the second-place Angels this week. We discuss those and […]

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Texas Voter ID Confusion, and Interpreting Statistics: Monday’s Show (April 17, 2017)

Posted on · Confusion over the Texas voter ID law kept some people from voting in the 2016 election, according to a new study. Last week (April 10, 2017), the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs released a study that found what many political watchers have suspected: confusion over the law kept some people from voting […]

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Houston Rocket Eric Gordon Wins 3-Point Contest at NBA All-Star Game

Posted on · The NBA All-Star Game was last night (Feb. 19, 2017) in New Orleans, and the Rockets’ Eric Gordon won the 3-point shooting contest Saturday night. Plus, the Astros continue spring training in Florida. We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with MK Bower, writer for The Sports Xchange.

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Determining Economic Impact and ‘Snap Judgment’ Host Glynn Washington: Monday’s Show (February 20, 2017)

Posted on · When Houston hosted Super Bowl 51 earlier this month, we heard a lot about the economic impact it would have on the area. A firm hired by the Super Bowl committee estimated the benefit would be something like $350 million coming into the local economy. Meanwhile, amid belt-tightening in Austin, the state’s public libraries are […]

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Sports Monday: Astros Win 10 Straight and NFL Draft Roundup

Posted on · The Houston Astros swept the Seattle Mariners over the weekend, extending their winning streak to ten games and the Astros’ lead to seven games in the American League West. The ten-game streak is the franchise’s longest since 2004, and it has propelled the Astros to the best record in the American League. We discuss the ball […]

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Sports Monday: Rockets-Mavs Series Shifts Back to Houston, & the Astros are in First

Posted on · The Dallas Mavericks staved off elimination in their first round series against the Houston Rockets Sunday night (4/26/15). The Mavs’ 121-109 victory means the series shifts back to the Toyota Center for Game 5 Tuesday night (4/28/15), with the Rockets still holding a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. And yet – even amid the excitement of […]

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Children at Risk School Rankings: Monday’s Show (April 27, 2015)

Posted on · Each year, the nonprofit organization Children at Risk publishes a report ranking public schools in Greater Houston, and across Texas. Their goal: to identify which schools are succeeding, and which are struggling, as a way to encourage parents, teachers, and the community at large to discuss ways to improve public education. The 2015 report is […]

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Sports Monday: Rockets Up 1-0 on the Mavericks

Posted on · The Houston Rockets won their first playoff game, beating the Dallas Mavericks Saturday night 118-108, to take a 1-0 lead in the teams’ best-of-seven series. And the Houston Astros took two out of three from the Angels. We check in on those stories — and all the week’s Houston sports news — with MK Bower.

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Deepwater Horizon Fifth Anniversary: Monday’s show (April 20, 2015)

Posted on · Five years ago Monday, an oil well exploded deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Eleven crewmen were killed on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. That deadly incident was just the start of what became an all-out environmental catastrophe, as millions of barrels of crude oil spilled […]

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Sports Monday: A Texan Dominates the Masters and Rockets Try to Finish Strong

Posted on · The Houston Rockets have two games left before the NBA playoffs, the Astros are out of the gate with a 3-3 record, the Dynamo had their highest offensive output of the season in a big win Saturday, and a Texan dominated the Masters. We discuss the latest developments in Houston sports with CultureMap Houston’s MK […]

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The State of Houston’s Economy: Monday’s show (April 13, 2015)

Posted on · We launch a week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about Greater Houston’s economy on this edition of Houston Matters. We’ll talk with News 88.7 FM business reporter Andrew Schneider about the impact of recent low oil prices on Houstonians, recent developments in construction, whether real estate remains a seller’s market, and […]

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Sports Monday: Opening Day and Last Week of the NBA Season

Posted on · The Houston Astros open the 2015 season tonight against the Cleveland Indians. The season starts with a little more expections than recent years, since the Astros have a couple rebuilding seasons under their belt. Plus Astros’s General Manager Jeff Luhnow has said the team is ready to win now. We look at the roster and […]

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Are Attitudes About Football Slowly Starting to Change?

Posted on · Last month, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland abruptly announced his retirement from the NFL after just one season. He wasn’t injured. He was, however, concerned about the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma. With all that we know – and all that we don’t know – about the physical and emotional toll exacted on […]