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An averted railroad strike, and the NPR Politics Podcast comes to Houston (Sept. 15, 2022)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: What we avoided from a possible rail worker strike. Then, the first of many interviews with candidates from local elections. And we learn all about the world of bats!

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ERCOT names a new CEO, the week in politics, and the state’s oldest library (Aug. 17, 2022)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The agency in charge of regulating the Texas energy grid hires a new CEO, we discuss the week in politics, we get answers to your questions about bugs, and we visit the state's oldest library.

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Husband and Wife Team Working Together to Chronicle Nature in Texas

Posted on · Husband and wife duo Gary Clark and Kathy Adams Clark both work to chronicle nature in Texas — but in different ways. Gary uses words, and Kathy uses photographs. Together, they provide both a visual and linguistic glimpse into the beauty of the Lone Star State. Their collaboration has yielded a couple books recently: Backroads […]

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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 […]

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Happiness for Beginners: Looking to Nature to Rebuild a Life

Posted on · Houston author Katherine Center is in the process of finishing her sixth novel, which goes on sale next year. And her fourth novel, The Lost Husband, is being made into a movie. Sandwiched between those is her most current novel, Happiness for Beginners. It's about a woman whose marriage falls apart and to help her […]

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Bright Light or Bright Blight? Is Light Pollution a Necessary Part of Urban Life or Harmful?

Posted on · In this major metropolitan area of ours, there are a lot of lights on at all hours. Not just in our homes but on our streets, glowing from traffic lights, businesses, car headlights, and more. Recently, News 88.7’s Florian Martin was contacted by a Houstonian concerned LED bulbs being deployed for the city’s street lights […]