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Bribery, Air Conditioning and Juneteenth at 150: Friday’s Show (June 19, 2015)

Posted on · Back in 1977, Congress passed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It stipulates companies can be held liable for unethical actions like bribery conducted by a foreign subsidiary or a contractor. Tom Fox, an attorney who specializes in corporate compliance with the FCPA, says Houston is at “the epicenter of the FCPA enforcement world.” On this […]

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Houston’s Greatest Mistakes: Friday’s show (April 24, 2015)

Posted on · We all make mistakes in our lives – we take a step one way, when we probably should have gone the other. We try to learn from those missteps and not repeat them, but sometimes, well, the lesson’s never really learned. The same can be said for communities. Some decisions we made (or didn’t make) […]

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At What Age Should We Stop Protecting Our Kids from Harsh Realities?

Posted on · There are many harsh realities in the world, many of which we have to explain to our children at some point, but how do parents determine what to explain and when? In other words, when does childhood innocence end and experience begin? We discuss that issue with parenting blogger Fred Goodall and Dr. Megan Mooney, […]

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Rodeo Preview and Galveston Artist Residency: Friday’s show (February 27, 2015)

Posted on · This year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially kicks off Tuesday (3/3/15) and continues through March 22. It’s been a part of the city’s fabric since 1932. On today’s Houston Matters, we go behind the scenes to learn about the preparations leading up to this year’s Rodeo. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin tours NRG Park with Dan Cheney, […]

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Keystone, Pumps and Pipes, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 5, 2014

Posted on · In the coming months, Congress is expected to vote on pipeline expansion from Alberta to Kansas. If approved, this new section of the Keystone Pipeline which would bring heavy Canadian crude oil to refineries near Houston and Beaumont. On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider the pros and cons of the Keystone XL Pipeline. […]

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Adopted Children & Birth Parents, and a Stephen Schwartz Revue: Houston Matters for Friday, August 1, 2014

Posted on · According to the State Department of Family and Protective Services, more than 13 hundred children in Harris County were waiting to be adopted last year. Many such children will likely come to a point in their lives when they consider searching for their birth parents. Some adoptees simply want to learn more about their medical history; others […]

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Preparing for Hurricane Season, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly: Houston Matters for Friday, May 30, 2014

Posted on · New to Houston? Well, we have this thing called hurricane season, and you really need to know about it. First, it starts Saturday and continues through November. It’s the six month period in which hurricanes and major tropical storms are most likely to make landfall and potentially do some damage. And while Greater Houston has […]

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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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Is Technology Really Hurting Kids’ Ability to Socialize?

Posted on · We chat with Frederick J. Goodall – you might recognize him as one of our rotating panelists for “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Fred also writes a parenting blog called Mocha Dad. The tagline – one father’s quest to be a better dad. He recently wrote about his developing attitudes towards his kids’ […]

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The New Houstonians, Kids and Technology, and Bats: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 25, 2014

Posted on · In a typical year, more than 60,000 people move to the Houston region. They tend to be young (the median age in Harris County is just under 33). In many cases, they’re here to start or advance their careers, because this is where the jobs are. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss what […]

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Women in Religion, Tango Time, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly in Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, February 14, 2014

Posted on · Women have played key roles in faith-based communities as long as they have existed. In recent years, that leadership has been formalized. More congregations today are led by women. Here in Houston, women are Reverends and Rabbis, hold leadership roles in interfaith organizations. And yet, some sects of some religions still hold to long-standing, traditional […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, Nov. 22, 2013

Posted on · The holidays are quickly approaching, and for many of us, that means relatives and loved ones are flying in to visit. Or, you’ll be flying out to visit them. Either way, there’s a good chance you’ll be traveling through a Houston airport soon. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss what’s new at Houston’s […]