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Full Show: Lessons From The Columbia Disaster, And Our Unpredictable Texas Weather (Jan. 31, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We look back at the space shuttle Columbia disaster, 15 years later. We discuss the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston. State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon discusses the roller coaster that is Texas weather. And we learn about Houston Grand Opera's production of Elektra.

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Full Show: Election Day Primer, And ExxonMobil Settlement (Nov. 7, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters, we preview the items you'll see on your ballot today. We discuss the recent ExxonMobil settlement over air pollution allegations. And we learn about an opera being staged in an airplane hangar at Hobby Airport.

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Songs of Revelry, Love and Scorn at Saint Arnold Brewery

Posted on · (Above: Performers from Prima Volta, an organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston: (L-R) Heath Martin, baritone, Anna Diemer, soprano, Megan Berti, mezzo-soprano, Brian Yeakley, tenor, Andreea Muţ, pianist. Photo: Randy Eckman) Prima Volta is a local organization made up of classical singers, mostly graduates from the University of Houston. Every […]

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Houston Grand Opera Premieres Opera Inspired by Rothko Chapel and Dominique de Menil

Posted on · This Thursday (March 16, 2017), Houston Grand Opera’s community outreach program premieres a new opera inspired by the Rothko Chapel and Dominique de Menil. The story in Some Light Emerges follows five characters and Menil over the course of four decades and examines how they are affected by the chapel — and the Rothko art inside. […]

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Political Roundup and Roland Martin: Wednesday’s Show (February 22, 2017)

Posted on · It’s time again for our weekly political round up and analysis of national, state and local political stories. From President Donald Trump’s lengthy press conference last week (Feb. 16, 2017), to Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Europe, to the latest from the Texas Legislature, on this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss it all […]

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Speeding Up the ‘Ike Dike’ Study, and the First African Americans at NASA: Tuesday’s Show (January 17, 2017)

Posted on · You’re probably familiar with the idea of the so-called “Ike Dike,” a proposed barrier to protect the Texas coast from storm surge in events like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the idea and should have its findings ready by June of 2018. But a recently passed federal law aims […]

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Takes the Stage in Opera Form

Posted on · “You can’t make someone want to live, you can’t save their life… they have to save themselves, but you can make your presence known,” is one of the pivotal lessons of the classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life, according to composer Jake Heggie. Based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie of the same name (which […]

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The Year In Education, and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Opera: Tuesday’s Show (December 13, 2016)

Posted on · This week, we’re recapping this past year’s biggest news stories with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics, arts and culture and sports. Today, we explore the year in education. In January, Mike Morath started his role as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He’s a known advocate for school choice and previously served […]