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Full Show: Gymnastics Arrest, and Crosby ISD’s Financial Woes (Oct. 18, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: The former president of USA Gymnastics has been arrested in relation to an indictment in Texas. Then, Crosby ISD's superintendent discusses his district's financial woes. Plus, we learn how Houston can cope with projected population growth. And Markus Zusak talks about his novel, Bridge of Clay.

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Full Show: American Red Cross Response To Harvey, And Writer Rodrigo Hasbún (Sept. 8, 2017)

Posted on · On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn more about American Red Cross relief efforts in Greater Houston. Our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news. And writer Rodrigo Hasbún talks about his novel Affections.

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Irish Author Colm Tóibín Leaves ‘Brooklyn’ Behind to Write About Ancient Greece

Posted on · (Above: Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. Photo Courtesy: Jesse Costa/WBUR) Award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín is probably best known for his novel Brooklyn, about an Irish girl who emigrates to New York. In 2015, it was turned into a movie starring Saorise Ronan. His latest novel, House of Names, is a departure from Brooklyn – and […]

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Richard Russo Revisits Fictional Blue-Collar New York Town in ‘Everybody’s Fool’

Posted on · Author Richard Russo is known for his novels, such as Empire Falls, which won him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2002. His third novel, Nobody’s Fool (1993), took place in North Bath, N.Y., a blue-collar, Rust Belt town. But Russo just couldn’t stay away from North Bath and its citizens and denizens. And so, decades […]

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A Novel About Forgetting and Remembering: Rabih Alameddine Discusses ‘The Angel of History’

Posted on · The Angel of History is a book about remembering and forgetting – and the tension between the two. The novel is the latest by author Rabih Alameddine, who has written novels such as An Unnecessary Woman, for which he was named a finalist for the National Book Award. Alameddine will discuss his latest work, along […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 8, 2016

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask “why can’t Houston be more like” a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city’s planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]

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Here I Am: Author Jonathan Safran Foer Discusses Latest Novel

Posted on · Author Jonathan Safran Foer is perhaps best known for his novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which became a best seller and was made into an Oscar-nominated film. He also wrote Everything Is Illuminated. As a writer, his work’s been compared to Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, and his latest book, titled Here I Am, explores […]

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Houston Writer Charts Her Own Path Outside the World of Academia

Posted on · Houston’s Miah Arnold is a different kind of writer. Many folks of the literary mindset opt for a career in academia to earn a living while honing their craft. But Arnold’s path took a different turn. She’s created her own writing studio, called Grackle & Grackle, to help others find their literary voice. In a recent […]

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Why Is It So Hard for Novelists to Get Houston Right?

Posted on · From time to time on Houston Matters, we talk with writers who are either from Houston or who write about Houston (and sometimes both). And recently, there have been a handful of novels set in Houston getting critical praise, from The After Party, to Sunset City, to A Wife of Noble Character – among others. […]