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Full Show: Early Voting Turnout, and Mystery Science Theater’s Joel Hodgson (Nov. 2, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: Early voting ends today and has already surpassed all of 2014 in Harris County. Then, we discuss how nurses are perceived in culture. Plus, our non-experts break down the week's news. And Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 discusses the art of mocking bad movies.

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Are We Any Closer to Solving Houston’s Nursing Shortage?

Posted on · Three years ago (June 30, 2014), we talked about the state of nursing in Greater Houston. In particular, we talked about how the industry is addressing the gap between supply and demand, especially as Baby Boomers age and the need for healthcare grows. Are we any closer to closing that gap? What’s being done within […]

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Houston’s Place in the Global Economy, and Nursing Shortage Update: Monday’s Show (May 22, 2017)

Posted on · We often hear that Houston is a global city – but what does that mean? The term might be used to describe our area’s much-touted cultural diversity. But it could also be used to describe the region’s role as an international economic engine. To see just where Houston stacked up on the latter front, researchers from […]

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Community Colleges Offering 4-Year Degrees, and Mystery Author Philip Kerr: Thursday’s Show (April 13, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: A class at Lone Star College. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media) Right now, just three community colleges in the state of Texas are allowed to offer four-year bachelor’s degrees. Houston’s Lone Star College is not one of them, but wants to be. Lone Star College Chancellor Dr. Steve Head argues allowing schools like […]

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Houston Community College Chancellor Discusses Pressing Issues for the College

Posted on · Houston Community College has been contending with a number of issues in recent years. The Houston Chronicle reported earlier this year on more than 350 acres of land the college owned that went unused. There’s also been controversy surrounding the college’s associate degree nursing program, which was put on probation because the state concluded the […]

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Why HCC’s Nursing Program is On Probation — and Why It Expects Soon Not to Be

Posted on · Houston Community College has faced a fair amount of criticism in recent years for some land development plans that haven’t worked out. But while that’s gained a lot of notice, and HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado admits “course corrections” need to be made, there’s another challenge – an academic challenge – facing HCC: Its associate degree […]

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Nursing, Housing, and Rattlesnakes: Thursday’s Show (March 10, 2016)

Posted on · Houston Community College has faced a fair amount of criticism in recent years for some land development plans that haven’t worked out. But while that’s gained a lot of notice, and HCC Chancellor Cesar Maldonado admits “course corrections” need to be made, there’s another challenge – an academic challenge – facing HCC: Its associate degree […]

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Breastfeeding in Public: What Are Your Rights?

Posted on · August is World Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and thousands of Texas mothers choose to breastfeed their babies instead of using formula. It’s a practice that’s been going on for thousands of years, but only in the last few did breastfeeding in public become a social and legal issue. We hear the story of a Houston mom who took […]

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Nursing in Houston: The Challenges and Opportunities

Posted on · According to the Texas Board of Nursing, there are more than 32,000 registered nurses in Harris County, and those numbers are expected to grow in the coming years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022. But while the demand for nurses is there, supply is falling […]