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Happy Houston, and The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (March 10, 2017)

Posted on · (Image: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media) Every once in a while, after a period of serious, heavy — okay, let's face it, even occasionally depressing news — we like to take some time out to give you the opportunity to focus on the good news in your life. It could be about your personal life, […]

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Same-Sex Spousal Benefits, and no Additional Body Cameras: The Good, Bad and the Ugly of the News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in […]

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Airport Open Line, and The Good, Bad and the Ugly of the News: Friday’s Show (March 3, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: A terminal inside Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport. Photo Courtesy: IAH Website) The City of Houston recently received a $1 million federal grant to help build roadways and utilities needed to grow Houston’s aerospace sector. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the grant and get answers to your questions about Houston […]

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Some Parting Wisdom From News 88.7’s Paul Pendergraft

Posted on · For more than 30 years, Paul Pendergraft has been a mainstay in radio – the last 20 right here at Houston Public Media where he's been a reporter, a news director, a senior producer and an artistic adviser. He's won major awards, produced staples including Engines of Our Ingenuity and Texas Originals, and he's even […]

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Exit Interviews, HCC, and Attica Locke: Wednesday’s Show (August 31, 2016)

Posted on · It’s becoming a sort of tradition: as folks step away from some long-held positions here in Greater Houston, they drop by Houston Matters for an “exit interview.” Today, we bring you two. First, Maggie Martin talks with Mike Talbott, who’s retiring from his post as executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District after […]

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Advice for New Houstonians from Longtime Residents

Posted on · Back in March of 2015, we presented longtime Houstonians giving their advice to newcomers. Here are some of the more valuable tidbits from Jeff Balke of Houston Press, Lisa Gray of the Houston Chronicle and Paul Pendergraft, producer of Texas Originals.

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Perry Low on Funds and the ‘Be Someone’ Sign: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Rick Perry running low on campaign funds, to changes to the iconic “Be Someone” graffiti sign, to a judge ordering a defendant to marry his girlfriend: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: MochaDad.com blogger Fred Goodall, Paul Pendergraft, the […]

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Happy Houston Revisited: Friday’s show (August 14, 2015)

Posted on · It's been mighty serious around here lately. On recent programs, we’ve discussed domestic violence, road rage, political scandals, indictments, murder – all important issues, to be sure. But let's face it, sometimes, the news can be downright depressing. When we last faced a cavalcade of such seriousness, we devoted a portion of a show to […]

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Another Oil Bankruptcy, Osteen Raps and Jade Helm Begins: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From another Houston-area oil company declaring bankruptcy, to a rap song featuring Pastor Joel Osteen, to the start of the Jade Helm 15 military exercise: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Houston Chronicle writer Lisa Falkenberg; Paul Pendergraft, producer of […]

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Houston’s Revenue Cap and Cameron Esposito: Friday’s show (July 17, 2015)

Posted on · When Bill White was mayor, Houstonians approved a cap on the amount of revenue the city of Houston can amass each year. While the cap — tied to the combined rates of inflation and population growth — is designed to encourage fiscal responsibility, it’s placed the city in a bit of a bind, forcing property […]

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Jail Neglect, Harsh Tweets and a Professor Failing a Whole Class: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From controversy around a Harris County jail inmate, to a professor failing his entire class, to an insensitive Tweet directed at the Dallas Mavericks: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Lorís Simón from Literal: Latin American Voices magazine; Paul […]

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Funding Texas Schools and Houstonians in Popular Music: Friday’s show (May 1, 2015)

Posted on · This week on News 88.7, education reporter Laura Isensee has examined how schools are financed in Texas in a series of reports called “Funding Texas Schools: Fair or Falling Short?” On this edition of Houston Matters, we present her reports on parents fighting for better funding for their children’s schools, what the current school funding […]

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Longtime Houstonians Share Their Advice for Living Here

Posted on · We’ve had so many folks move to Greater Houston in recent years, and so each September, we present Houston Matters’ newcomers guide to Houston. But as much as we seek to make that guide informative, it’s missing an important piece. Namely: you! As in you longtime Houstonians, folks born and raised here, or who moved […]

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Advice from Longtime Houstonians: Friday’s show (March 6, 2015)

Posted on · We’ve had so many folks move to Greater Houston in recent years, and so each September, we present Houston Matters’ newcomers guide to Houston. But as much as we seek to make that guide informative, it’s missing an important piece. Namely: you! As in you longtime Houstonians, folks born and raised here, or who moved […]