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Zoning By Other Means, and Another Genius Grant: Houston Matters Weekend for Nov. 19, 2016

Posted on · Much is made about Houston's lack of zoning. But Matthew Festa, a law professor from South Texas College of Law Houston, argues Houston doesn't really look that different from most other cities. On this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, we talk with Festa, and others around town, about whether a variety of land rules, regulations […]

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Going Inside the Heart — Without Cutting You Open

Posted on · Interventional cardiology means performing minimally invasive procedures on the heart without having to open the chest — things like replacing a heart valve or inserting a stent. Leaders in this area of medicine recently met in Washington, D.C. to talk about the latest advances in the field at a conference called the Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics […]

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Honky Tonk Heaven: Film Pays Homage to Legendary Dance Hall The Broken Spoke

Posted on · The Broken Spoke has been called “one of the last true Texas dance halls.” The live music venue in Austin has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 50 years. Filmmaker Sam Wainwright Douglas says “it’s like walking into 1965.” And now, it’s the subject of a documentary called Honky Tonk […]

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Disrupt Aging: New Approach for the AARP

Posted on · We hear from JoAnn Jenkins, the first permanent female CEO of AARP. She's trying to change some Americans' perceptions about aging. That's what led to her appearance in some new, spirited commercials for the organization. AARP also took part this season in the fashion reality competition show Project Runway. Jenkins visited Houston last week and […]

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SpaceCom Convention Brings Terrestrial and Aerospace Industries Together

Posted on · SpaceCom, a "space commerce" conference and expo takes place in Houston this week (Nov. 15-17, 2016) at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Organizers tout it as an opportunity to "highlight the intersection points between terrestrial industries and the aerospace community." What are those intersections? We ask Clay Dillow, who's reporting on the SpaceCom convention […]

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Karbach Purchased, and The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: Houston Matters Weekend for Nov. 12, 2016

Posted on · On Nov. 3, 2016, we leanred one of Houston's fastest-growing breweries — Karbach Brewing Company — is being acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Budweiser's parent company. Perhaps this was inevitable. Some in the local brewing industry have been worried we'd reached "peak beer" in Houston, with 17 breweries operating in the region. Even after Karbach's acquisition, […]

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Ready, Set, Vote: Checking In on Houston Polling Places

Posted on · It’s Election Day — finally! Voters across the region are casting their ballots today for President, Congress, state representatives, judgeships and other offices. HISD voters are considering a proposition over how to pay money to other school districts under the Lone Star State's recapture policy. Harris County voters are deciding who will serve as Sheriff […]

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Refugee Resettlement and Uncovering Frost Town: Houston Matters Weekend for October 29, 2016

Posted on · On Sept. 30, 2016, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas was officially pulling out of the national program to resettle refugees, making good on an earlier threat to withdraw if the Obama administration didn't accept changes to the program the state demanded, citing security concerns. Gov. Abbott's statement said the state wanted refugees better vetted on […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 22, 2016

Posted on · The NFL is working to curb domestic violence by partnering with an organization called A Call to Men, which teaches "healthy, respectful manhood." The group's CEO, Tony Porter, and Troy Vincent, a former NFL player and the league's executive vice president, are in town to talk about the program. On this edition of Houston Matters […]

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Conference Highlights Opportunities and Challenges for Women in Computing

Posted on · The largest convention of women technologists is in Houston this week. The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing bills itself as bringing "the research and career interest of women in computing to the forefront." The conference, which started yesterday (Oct. 19, 2016) and continues through tomorrow, caught the eye of the public radio program […]

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Texas Election Survey and Grace Hopper Conference: Thursday’s Show (October 20, 2016)

Posted on · Six weeks ago the Washington Post unveiled a poll on the U.S. presidential race, which found Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton neck and neck in Texas. It was, frankly, hard to believe. No other major poll had shown such a result. So, we brought the paper’s polling manager on to explain the methodology […]

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Houston Matters Weekend: October 15, 2016

Posted on · Almost like a drumbeat, Houstonians know – and love to repeat – the notion that we are the "most diverse city in America." And Dr. Stephen Klineberg, co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, says that's correct. And that might be enough to give Houstonians with civic pride a case of […]

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The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football

Posted on · The modern football game is filled with high-octane offense built around quarterbacks efficiently passing the ball, often deep down field. But that's a relatively new phenomenon in the more than century-old history of football. Author and journalist SC Gwynne tells Houston Matters producer Paige Phelps he attributes this modern transformation to Texas college football coaches […]

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Pension Conversations & the Evolution of the Passing Game in Football: Friday’s Show (October 14, 2016)

Posted on · During this fundraising week, Houston Matters is highlighting coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit a number of times over the course of the last year, like campus carry, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic. Today, though, we turn our […]

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Houston Matters Weekend for October 8, 2016

Posted on · Recently, News 88.7's Gail Delaughter noted how often she hears folks ask "why can't Houston be more like" a city where they used to live, particularly when it comes to transportation and mass transit. We talk about such examples with Gail, as well as the city's planning director Patrick Walsh, and Ryan Holeywell from the […]