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Air Pollution Report and Sean Patrick Flanery: Tuesday’s Show (April 26, 2016)

Posted on · Last week, the American Lung Association released its 17th annual “State of the Air” report, which says Houston – when it comes to ozone – is the 15th most polluted city in the U.S. But what does that mean and what’s being done to address it? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss air […]

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Happiness for Beginners: Looking to Nature to Rebuild a Life

Posted on · Houston author Katherine Center has written a new novel called Happiness for Beginners. It’s about a woman whose marriage falls apart and to help her recover her younger brother convinces her to go on a wilderness survival trip. And, of course, things don’t go well. Many of Center’s novels start in a similar way – […]

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Novel Tells of Houston’s Forgotten Era as the ‘Magnolia City’

Posted on · We all know the stereotypes of Texas and Houston as places where everyone’s supposedly riding horses. But a new novel flies in the face of Houston’s cowboy myth by telling the historical fiction of a largely forgotten era of the city’s history — the roaring 1920s — when Houston was known as the Magnolia City. […]

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Houston Heat, Epilepsy & Magnolia City: Houston Matters for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Posted on · The Houston Independent School District Tuesday announced new mascots for four schools that previously had mascots with Native American or historically insensitive ties. On today’s Houston Matters: News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee tells us what the new mascots will be and about the process that determined them. Then: Whether it’s felt like it or […]

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Former Spy Valerie Plame Tries Her Hand at the Spy Novel

Posted on · In 2003, CIA operative Valerie Plame’s cover was blown by members of the Bush Administration after her husband critiqued the intelligence used to go to war in Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby, was later convicted of lying about his role in the leak. In 2007 Plame wrote a best-selling […]