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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 […]

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Changing Attitudes About Football and East Texas Church Arson: Monday’s Show (April 6, 2015)

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 […]

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Sports Monday: Poor Shooting Conditions at NRG and Howard Back for the Rockets

Posted on · Houston’s NRG Stadium played host to the NCAA Tournament’s South Regional over the weekend, where Duke punched its ticket to the Final Four with a 66-52 win over Gonzaga Sunday. But there were some concerns over how the setup at NRG Stadium might have adversely affected the players’ shooting performances. We look at how the […]

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Texas Population Growth and The Million: Monday’s Show (March 30, 2015)

Posted on · Between recent census figures and a new report from the Office of the State Demographer, growth is the word on many people's lips in Texas. The report says the state’s population could double by 2050. That’s if migration patterns continue along the same trends seen from 2000 to 2010. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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Ship Channel Collisions: Monday’s Show (March 23, 2015)

Posted on · A year ago Monday (3/23), a barge in Galveston Bay struck a ship and sprung a leak. Up to 168,000 gallons of marine fuel oil spilled into the bay, and the Houston Ship Channel was closed for a few days between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. Fast forward to two weeks ago – a foggy […]

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Sports Monday: Rockets Eke Out a Win Against the Clippers

Posted on · It was another busy week in Houston sports: the Rockets eked out a win against the Clippers, the Dynamo fell to Orlando, the Texans courted a high-profile free agent tackle, and the Astros had some early success in the Grapefruit League. We discuss the latest developments in Houston sports with CultureMap Houston columnist MK Bower.

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Houstonian Pet Peeves and the City’s General Plan: Monday’s Show (March 16, 2015)

Posted on · Every few months, we give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It's your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your craw, that you […]

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Sports Monday: Is Brian Hoyer the Texans’ Answer at QB?

Posted on · It was a busy week in Houston sports. The Houston Rockets had a so-so week – dropping games to the Hawks and Grizzlies, before rebounding with wins against the Pistons and Nuggets. And one of those losses was without James Harden, who was sitting out a one-game suspension. The Dynamo opened their 2015 season with […]

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Sex Offender Management, Higher Ed Issues, and Pet Care: Monday’s show (March 9, 2015)

Posted on · The state agency responsible for supervising, monitoring and providing treatment for the most violent sex offenders in the state is undergoing some sweeping changes. Among the problems faced by the recently revamped Office of Violent Sex Offender Management: a shortage of housing for sex offenders released from prison and a perception that the state’s civil […]

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Sports Monday: Rockets are Hot and Dynamo Season Nears

Posted on · The Houston Rockets have now won five in a row, including victories against playoff contenders like the Toronto Raptors, LA Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers – who they topped in a squeaker Sunday 105 to 103. The Rockets are now 41-18, just a game and a half behind the Memphis Grizzlies in the battle for first […]

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Jill Stein on Third Party Politics: Monday’s show (March 2, 2015)

Posted on · So much of our political discourse these days here in Houston, throughout Texas, and across the country is diminished to a debate of right versus left, conservative against liberal, Republican opposing Democrat. Of course, there are more than two sides to most debates, and more than two potential solutions to most problems. And yet, with […]

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Sports Monday: Spring Training Begins and Rockets Update

Posted on · The Houston Rockets returned from the NBA All-Star Break with a loss at Dallas Friday, followed by a victory at home against the Raptors Saturday. They tip off against the T-Wolves in the second of a five-game home stand tonight at 7, with the Clippers, Nets, and Cavs all to follow the rest of the […]

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Grand Jury System and Pet Care: Monday’s show (February 23, 2015)

Posted on · Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson wants to see a change in how grand juries are selected. Grand juries of 12 people determine whether enough evidence exists to formally charge a suspect with a crime. Currently in Texas, judges are tasked with impaneling them, but it’s a time-consuming process. So, some name friends as “grand […]