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Previewing the Texans’ 2015 Season

Posted on · The Houston Texans‘ 2015 season kicks off a week from Sunday (Sept. 13, 2015) at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team has named Brian Hoyer as its starting quarterback and star running back Arian Foster will start the season on the disabled list. We preview the upcoming season with Houston Chronicle sports columnist […]

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New Laws, Pearland and Texans Preview: Monday’s Show (August 31, 2015)

Posted on · Starting tomorrow (9/1/15), the majority of the laws passed during the state’s 84th legislative session will take effect. All this month, the Texas Tribune has reported how these new laws may change some Texans' lives. We discuss how on this edition of Houston Matters, as we welcome your questions for Texas Tribune Managing Editor Ayan […]

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‘Hard Knocks’ Series Gives NFL Fans a Closer Look at Houston’s Team

Posted on · This season, HBO’s sports documentary series Hard Knocks features the Houston Texans. It’s an inside view of the ins and outs and ups and downs of an NFL season. We talk with the Houston Chronicle’s Brian Smith about the show so far and what kind of light it’s shedding on Houston and the city’s beloved […]

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Why Arian Foster Chose to Go Public About Being ‘Non-Religious’

Posted on · ESPN Senior Writer Tim Keown joins us to discuss his article in ESPN The Magazine detailing Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster’s recent decision to — as Keown writes — “become a public face of the nonreligious.” While in many circles, a public proclamation of not aligning with a religion or believing in a deity […]

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Carbon Reduction and Arian Foster: Monday’s Show (August 10, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, President Obama, flanked by EPA Chief Gina McCarthy, presented a revised “Clean Power Plan” setting standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. That’s 9 percent more than the administration’s previously proposed rules. The plan requires states to submit plans to meet that goal. Reaction here in Texas […]

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Changing Attitudes About Football and East Texas Church Arson: Monday’s Show (April 6, 2015)

Posted on · Last month, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland abruptly announced his retirement from the NFL after just one season. He wasn't injured. He was, however, concerned about the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma. With all that we know – and all that we don't know – about the physical and emotional toll exacted on […]

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Who Should Pay for Upgrades to NRG Stadium Before 2017 Super Bowl?

Posted on · As we discussed previously on this program, Houston's NRG Stadium will host Super Bowl 51 in February of 2017. However, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, the NFL says it now wants around $50 million worth of renovations to the stadium before the big game. The Chronicle quotes Peter O'Reilly, the NFL's Senior Vice […]

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Super Bowl LI and Campus Carry: Tuesday’s Show (February 10, 2015)

Posted on · Last week's Super Bowl reminded us of a number of things: That despite off-the-field challenges, the NFL can put on a big show. That two great football teams playing to the best of their abilities can be exciting to watch. That depressing commercials might not be the best idea. And that it'll be Houston's turn […]

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WATCH: The Interception That Won The Super Bowl

Posted on · “Return to Glory” — that’s the celebratory headline The Boston Globe is using to describe Sunday night’s remarkable fourth-quarter comeback by the New England Patriots, who defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX. The story on the other coast, as you might expect, is more sober: “Heartbreak as Seahawks lose in last […]

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Storm Surge Suppression, Colic, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, Jan. 5, 2015

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]

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Sports Monday: Texans’ Win Keep Slim Playoff Hopes Alive

Posted on · The Houston Texans thumped the Baltimore Ravens 25-13 Sunday. Perhaps more improbable than the victory is its repercussions on the playoff picture. While the Texans loss to the Colts a week ago ended any hopes of a division title, there's a Wild Card spot up for grabs, and a way, albeit unlikely, that the Texans […]

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End of Year Tax Advice and Domestic Violence & Pro Sports: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 8, 2014

Posted on · Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on domestic violence in professional sports. The meeting examined policies regarding domestic violence in the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL. Committee members say the problem has come into focus since a video surfaced of pro-football player Ray Rice striking […]

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Thanksgiving Travel and Cooking: Houston Matters for Monday, November 24, 2014

Posted on · Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving at home or plan to hit the road this week to visit family or friends, we have you covered on today’s Houston Matters: We discuss the rules of the road, developments at Houston's airports, and Houston chefs will offer advice for preparing Thanksgiving dinner. AAA Texas anticipates some 3.6 million Texans […]

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Sports Monday: Texans Lose to Philly & Rockets Off to a 3-0 Start

Posted on · The Houston Texans lost 31-21 Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles to fall to 4-5 on the season. We discuss what went right and wrong. And the first week of the NBA season is in the books, with the Houston Rockets off to a 3-0 start. We discuss all the latest developments in Houston sports with […]