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Refugee Resettlement and Uncovering Frost Town: Houston Matters Weekend for October 29, 2016

Posted on · On Sept. 30, 2016, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn’t accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott’s statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on whether […]

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Economic Opportunity and Student Debate Advice: Wednesday’s Show (September 21, 2016)

Posted on · All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn the question towards economic opportunity here in Greater Houston. First, Michael Hagerty talks with Bill Gilmer, Director of […]

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Why Do Roaches Have to Exist? Houston Entomologist Answers Your Bug Questions

Posted on · Dare to step outside of your air-conditioned world and you’ll find Houston offers a unique ecosystem, filled with interesting, creepy crawly things — insects of all sizes and shapes. Ever see one of our many-legged insect friends and wonder: “Just what is that thing?” We try to shed some entomological light on the situation with […]

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Buses, Business, and Bugs: Wednesday’s Show (May 25, 2016)

Posted on · Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner recently delivered his first State of Mobility address, outlining his ideas for the future of transportation in Houston. He also addressed the need to encourage more residents to use public transportation, including the bus system. On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear what the mayor had to say and then discuss […]

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Answering Your Questions About Houston’s Bugs and Insects

Posted on · We welcome your questions about the wonderful and varied world of insects here in Houston. As the weather warms up, you might have spotted a few more creepy crawly creatures out and about — or on your windshield. Ever wondered “just what is that?” Well, we pose that — and all your bug-related questions — to […]

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Funding Roads, Insects, and Hacking: Thursday’s Show (May 14, 2015)

Posted on · Your gas tax dollars and vehicle registration fees are supposed to cover the cost of building and maintaining our road system here in Texas, but a public interest group out of Austin says that’s not the case. A new report from the Texas Public Interest Research Group says drivers actually pay for less than half […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Nov. 13, 2013

Posted on · There are a lot of paths to a quality education. While many may go straight from high school to a four year college, others enter the work force, or the military for a time, and then may return to school. Some attend trade schools or community colleges. Some never pursue higher education. An initiative launched […]