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Fetal Burial Case, and Breakthrough Prize Winner: Friday’s Show (January 6, 2017)

Posted on · Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas announced this week he is again delaying his ruling on a new Texas Department of State Health Services edict requiring health care providers to cremate or bury fetal remains. The state argues the rule is in the interest of women’s health and safety. […]

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Death Penalty, Underage Marriage and Stem Cell Therapy: Thursday’s Show (February 18, 2016)

Posted on · The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty holds its annual conference this weekend in Houston. Harris County has been described in the past as the death penalty capital of the world because so many death sentences were once handed down here, but last year there were only two. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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This is Your Brain on Art: Study Explores Intersection of Art and Science

Posted on · The theory that the brain responds positively to art is not new to science. But researcher Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal at the University of Houston is using a different approach to test that belief. News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop gives us a closer look at the study. (Above: News 88.7’s Amy Bishop has her […]

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Do You Have a Concussion? There’s an App for That

Posted on · Growing concern about concussions has led to new rules in various sports, and a new movie starring Will Smith as a crusading doctor. But concussions are not easy injuries to treat – or even diagnose. David Eagleman, a neuroscientist at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine, has developed an iPad app called “BrainCheck.” It uses research-backed […]

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In the Mind Fields: Connecting Neuroscience and Freud

Posted on · We talk with author and former Newsweek and The Daily Beast staff writer Casey Schwartz about connections between neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry. She’s here in Houston this week to discuss those connections, and her new book In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis.

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Prostitution in Houston and ‘The Brain’ on PBS: Wednesday’s Show (October 14, 2015)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, conversations about neuroscience: First, we talk with Houston-based neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman, the host of a new PBS series called The Brain. The first of six hour-long episodes premieres tonight (10/14) at 9 on TV 8. Eagleman directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action at Baylor College of Medicine. Then, we […]

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Is Houston Really Affordable? Houston Matters for Tues., Aug. 12, 2014

Posted on · We often hear about the low cost of living in Texas and Houston. But is it really true? The answer, not surprising, is: it depends. Where in Greater Houston you live factors in tremendously. Some areas are seeing unprecedented demand for places to live – and that drives up prices in those areas, not just […]