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End of Life Preparation, and Texans’ Financial Literacy: Thursday’s Show (January 12, 2017)

Posted on · Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy wants to engage Houstonians in learning how to “face disease and frailty before you get there.” Let’s face it: while we know we’re all mortal, and that as we age, we decline physically and sometimes mentally. It’s an inevitability we don’t really want to […]

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Affordable Housing, and Mental Health Care Issues; Houston Matters Weekend (January 7, 2017)

Posted on · A question that perplexes potential home buyers and renters: where’s the affordable housing for the rest of us? The Search for Affordable Housing has More than 50 percent of Houston housing consumers in the middle- to lower-income market, making less than $50,000 a year. Many are “rent-burdened,” which means they spend more than the recommended 30 […]

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Local Researcher Making Breakthroughs on Neurological Disorders

Posted on · Dr. Huda  Zoghbi, professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology and neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, has had a roller-coaster life. While in medical school in Beirut, civil war forced her to the U.S. Once arriving here, she received her medical degree as a pediatric neurologist from Meharry Medical College […]

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Fetal Burial Case, and Breakthrough Prize Winner: Friday’s Show (January 6, 2017)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the latest ruling on new laws concerning the handling of fetal remains, and we interview Dr. Huda Zoghbi about her award-winning work at the Baylor College of Medicine. Also, we cover the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the week's news, and indie rock group Islands performs in our studio.

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Designs That Will Make Streets Safe for Pedestrians

Posted on · It seems a week doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about another pedestrian fatality somewhere in Greater Houston. In fact, according to an article in the Insurance Journal as of Nov. 2016, Houston pedestrians who have been struck and killed by cars has risen over 31 percent. HPD admits that’s higher than the total for all of […]

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Pedestrian Safety, and Finding Healthy Food When Eating Out: Wednesday’s Show (January 4, 2017)

Posted on · It seems a week doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about another pedestrian fatality somewhere in Greater Houston. In fact, according to an article in the Insurance Journal as of Nov. 2016, Houston pedestrians  who have been struck and killed by cars has risen over 31 percent,  HPD admits thats higher than the total for all […]

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Look Back at 2016, and Catch Fever: Houston Matters Weekend for Dec. 31, 2016

Posted on · It happened in a flash — 2016 is almost in the Mixdown HMW 123116books. It’s been a busy year for Greater Houston, so we’re taking some time today to recap this past year’s biggest developments with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, politics and arts and culture and business. On this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, […]

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Houston Matters 2016 Highlights: Thursday’s Show (December 22, 2016)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we listen back to some highlights from 2016, focusing on reports members of the Houston Matters team are most proud of and why. We begin with Paige Phelps’ coverage of ongoing concerns (and a recent lawsuit) over noise from the outdoor stage at White Oak Music Hall. Also: […]

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How Our Emotions Determine How Much We Spend for the Holidays

Posted on · During the holidays, do you ever feel pressure to buy things you really can’t afford? According to research co-authored by a University of Houston professor, many of us actually feel guilt when buying a luxury product — whether during the holidays or the rest of the year. Dr. Vanessa Patrick at UH’s Bauer College of Business […]

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Montrose Management District Ordered to Pay Back Millions

Posted on · The Texas Legislature created management districts around the state in 1999. When that happened, lawmakers authorized — and the Houston City Council approved — the collection of funds to promote economic development and to make improvements to public areas in individual neighborhoods. Since then, Houston has 51 of those such management districts in neighborhoods like Montrose. But […]

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Super Bowl LI Preparation, and Montrose Management District: Friday’s Show (December 9, 2016)

Posted on · Super Bowl 51 in Houston is now just weeks away. What’s been done to get the Bayou City ready to host such a high-profile event. What preparations remain? We find out from Mike Waterman, president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mike Waterman joins us to discuss the investment Houston First has made in the area […]

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Houston Writer Daniel Peña Wins Literary Prize for Small Presses

Posted on · The Pushcart Prize is one of the most prestigious literary prizes given to small presses and authors published by them. And, this year, a Pushcart landed close to home when Daniel Peña won for his short story Safe Home, originally published in 2015. Peña is an assistant professor of English at University of Houston-Downtown. Producer Paige Phelps […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for December 3, 2016

Posted on · Houston Matters was ground zero for the launch of Public Media’s year-long DiverseCity initiative, an ongoing look at the many was race effects our lives in Houston. We started with an hour-long town hall to talk about law enforcement and people of color intersect. We hear an excerpt of that dialogue. Our guests include: Harris County […]

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Policing Black Neighborhoods, and Revitalizing the Fifth Ward: Houston Matters Weekend for November 26, 2016

Posted on · Following fatal police shootings of black men captured on video in Louisiana and Minnesota, Robert Muhammad, a Nation of Islam representative and student minister, suggested a number of ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the black community, including more face-to-face contact, more community involvement and more de-escalation and tension-reduction training for officers. But […]

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Conversations We’re Thankful For: Tuesday’s Show (November 22, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s show we’re doing a sort of not-so-secret Santa. Members of the Houston Matters team drew each other’s names at random, and, throughout this hour, they’ll present examples of another producer’s work that they’re thankful for. To get things started, Michael Hagerty selected a recent conversation between Paige Phelps and Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the […]