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When it Comes to Criminals, What is Society Willing to Forgive?

Posted on · When it comes to crime, what is our society willing — and not willing — to forgive and what does it mean for folks (like ex-convicts) who seek that forgiveness after paying their debts? We explore the concept of forgiveness with Tamler Sommers, an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of […]

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Electricity, Forgiveness, and Ask the Dentist: Monday’s Show (October 26, 2015)

Posted on · A new report from the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power says complaints filed with regulators about electric companies and utilities fell to their lowest point since Texas deregulated its power market in 2002. But long-term data show consumers complain more than they did before the market was deregulated. On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Summer Reading: James Boswell and His ‘Thrilling Intellectual Adventure’

Posted on · We continue our summer reading series today as we talk with Robert Zaretsky, Professor in the Honors College at the University of Houston, and the author of Boswell’s Enlightenment. It’s a book about James Boswell, best known as the biographer of English writer Samuel Johnson. Boswell, a young Scot, went on what Zaretsky calls a “thrilling […]

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Extreme Heat, Texas Black Expo and Fluoride: Tuesday’s Show (June 9, 2015)

Posted on · The consequences of Greater Houston’s population growth have been well documented – from its effect on traffic, to housing, to urban development. But it also could have another effect – it could be making this an even hotter place to live in coming decades, according to ongoing research using Houston as a predictor of what’s […]