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HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza: Friday’s Show (February 17, 2017)

Posted on · On Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017), HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza spoke at the annual State of the Schools Luncheon. He's been at the helm of the district since last fall (2016). So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with him about his progress so far and the biggest issues facing public schools in Houston. […]

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Revisiting the Bike Plan, and Surviving Life in the Oil and Gas Industry: Thursday’s Show (February 16, 2017)

Posted on · The weekend Houston hosted Super Bowl 51, there were two fatal accidents involving cyclists and light rail trains. Those were just two recent examples that highlight the danger cyclists face on the roads in Greater Houston. And they came as the Houston City Council prepares to take up the Houston Bike Plan. Mary Blitzer of […]

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Newsroom Open Line: Your Questions and Suggestions for News 88.7

Posted on · It’s a stormy day in Greater Houston, and it’s been a stormy period for journalism too. Amid a White House characterizing the media as the “opposition party,” instant feedback – both positive and negative – via social media, coarsened public discourse on, well, everything that seems to even challenge objective facts, and long-standing debate in […]

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A News Open Line: Tuesday’s Show (February 14, 2017)

Posted on · Amid a White House characterizing the media as the "opposition party," instant feedback – both positive and negative – via social media, coarsened public discourse on, well, everything that seems to even challenge objective facts, and long-standing debate in the public – and in media itself — over the role journalists should play, it can […]

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New Transportation Research Program Looks at Houston’s Place in the ‘Megaregion’

Posted on · If traffic in Houston isn't bad enough for you, just zoom out a little bit. Take a look at what's going on over a greater area. As technology changes the way we get around, researchers say the city needs to consider itself part of a bigger picture — part of something called a “megaregion.” News […]

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Political Roundup and Rockets Turn 50: Wednesday’s Show (February 8, 2017)

Posted on · From President Trump’s cabinet appointees being confirmed (one requiring a tie-breaking vote in the Senate from the Vice President), to the Texas Senate beginning action on Gov. Abbott's emergency items, including a preliminary vote Tuesday on a bill to ban so-called "sanctuary cities,” on this edition of Houston Matters we break down recent political news […]

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George H.W. Bush Biographer, City Floods and ‘Prairie Home’ Host Chris Thile: Houston Matters Weekend for Feb. 4, 2017

Posted on · In his 2015 biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, author Jon Meacham explored how the nation's 41st president has conducted himself throughout his life, through extensive interviews over a decade with the president, his family, friends, and colleagues. Meacham was also granted access to the former president's audio diaries […]

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Texas’ Role in Developing Automated Vehicles: Thursday’s Show (February 2, 2017)

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation named Texas as one of ten regions where the agency will test automated vehicle technology. The federal agency says the state's booming population and economy make it an ideal test site for automated and connected vehicle technology. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss this initiative, the […]

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Super Bowl Security and Political Roundup: Wednesday’s Show (February 1, 2017)

Posted on · Maybe you’ve heard — there’s some sort of big event happening this weekend in Houston. Super Bowl 51 is bringing countless visitors, celebrities and dignitaries to Greater Houston as the city takes center stage of the sports world. With that attention comes greater safety concerns. So how do we keep Houston safe during these intense […]

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The Latest on Flooding Around Houston

Posted on · Sustained heavy rains brought flooding to many areas of Greater Houston today (Jan. 18, 2017). The Houston Fire Department reported dozens of water rescue calls on those roads, with flooded cars. While it may shake out as less significant than the Tax Day flood — or other major weather events of recent years — we're […]

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Report Cards are Coming: Texas Prepares to Give Its Schools Letter Grades

Posted on · A new state system that will grade Texas public schools from A to F debuts in August of 2018. But, as of Friday (Jan. 6, 2017), you can now go online and see a provisional rating of how your child's school would have performed had it been graded on that scale now. A year ahead […]

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Houston Public Media Announces New Schedule Changes and New Shows for News 88.7 Effective Jan. 2

Posted on · Effective Jan. 2, Houston Public Media’s News 88.7 weekday schedule is changing to accommodate the addition of two new shows and live broadcasts of several popular programs. The changes will affect the hours of 9 to 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday with additional changes to the 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. hours on Fridays.

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Many Factors Delayed Repair Of Hundreds of Ike-Damaged Roofs In Houston For Years

Posted on · Back in 2008, Hurricane Ike damaged thousands of homes as it swept across the Houston region. Eight years later, hundreds of properties have still not been repaired. Many can be identified by the blue tarps on their roofs. There are many factors causing delays on repairing these roofs. It’s a complicated issue. And some of […]