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Comedian Hari Kondabolu on Race, Politics and NPR Pledge Drives

Posted on · Comedian Hari Kondabolu performs in Houston Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016) at The Secret Group. A lot of his act focuses on diversity, race and politics, which he says keeps him "on NPR and off television” (even though he’s on TV plenty). Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talked with him about his comedy, but first – […]

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Economic Opportunity and Student Debate Advice: Wednesday’s Show (September 21, 2016)

Posted on · All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week's A Nation Engaged project which asks, "What can we do to create economic opportunity for more Americans?" On this edition of Houston Matters, we turn the question towards economic opportunity here in Greater Houston. First, Michael Hagerty talks with Bill […]

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What’s Houston’s Place in America and In the World?

Posted on · All this week, NPR and public radio stations nationwide are taking part in this week’s A Nation Engaged project which asks, “What is America’s place in the world?” Well, we’re Houston Matters, your daily guide to the people, places, issues and ideas that define Greater Houston. So guess what we’ve decided to ask? Yep: “What […]

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‘From the Top’ Producer Explains Why So Many of the Show’s Kids are From Texas

Posted on · Friday night (March 4, 2016), Brazosport College in Lake Jackson’s Clarion Music Performance Center hosts From the Top, the NPR radio program, hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley, showcasing the talents of young classical musicians. About a year ago, the program's tour producer David Balsom was in town holding auditions for local musicians to appear on […]

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Here and Now Host Jeremy Hobson Shares His Impressions of Houston

Posted on · All this week, the NPR program Here & Now has been broadcasting from Texas. The last few days, Jeremy Hobson hosted the show from Houston – specifically from Houston Public Media's studios, before moving on to San Antonio today. It's helpful to consider, from time to time, how Greater Houston is perceived by visitors. So […]

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NPR CEO Discusses Priorities for Public Media

Posted on · Craig Cohen talks with NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, who visited Houston last month. He has an extensive background in commercial broadcasting, including creating the E! Entertainment network, and managing MTV. (Rumor has it he had something to do with those music videos going away). But he also has a long history with public broadcasting in […]

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Astrodome at 50 and Jarl Mohn: Thursday’s show (April 9, 2015)

Posted on · The Houston Astrodome officially opened 50 years ago today. Tonight, the event is being commemorated in an event at Carruth Plaza next to the now-vacant Dome. Among those participating: Preservation Houston, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who over the last year has been trying to sell his concept […]

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Hospitals Suing Patients & Book Famine: Monday’s Show (February 16, 2015)

Posted on · Last month, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley told NPR and ProPublica he was “astounded” by the collection practices of some non-profit hospitals, who are seizing wages of low-income patients. NPR and ProPublica have found hundreds of such instances, which Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, says could be illegal. They would be, for sure, here in […]

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Ike Dike, Middle School Stress, Dog Show, & Open Call Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 17, 2014

Posted on · It's by no means a new idea. But the recently formed Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance is trying to move the coastal barrier idea forward. On this edition of Houston Matters, we'll find out why, and hear the case for what is popularly-known as the “Ike Dike” to protect Galveston Bay communities from storm surge […]

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TV Series Tells “Arab American Stories”

Posted on · Houston, of course, was recently deemed the most diverse city in the nation, and a big part of that diversity is Arab American. A new 13-part public television series called “Arab American Stories” aims to tell their stories – including some from Houston. Houston Matters' Michael Hagerty spoke with the show’s host, NPR arts and […]