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Full Show: Ranking Texas Health Care, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (June 12, 2019)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A new report ranks health care in Texas near the bottom, we discuss the latest political news, we meet the city's new poet laureate, we reflect on the contributions of The Geto Boys, and we remember JFK’s iconic moon speech at Rice University.

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Full Show: Advice On SBA Disaster Relief, And Reuniting Animals And Owners After Harvey (Sept. 28, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: A representative from the Small Business Administration answers your questions about applying for disaster relief aid from the agency. We learn how the Houston SPCA is reuniting animals with their owners after Harvey. And Houston's poet laureate shares poetry she wrote after the storm.

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Don’t Bottle Them Up: More of Your Houston Pet Peeves

Posted on · Every few months, we give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston — like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different. It's your pet peeve, that one thing that sticks in your craw that […]

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Up Close With Houston’s First-Ever Youth Poet Laureate

Posted on · For the past two and a half weeks, Andrew White has had a secret. That's because the senior at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was chosen to be Houston's first-ever youth poet laureate – but he wasn't allowed to tell anyone until the news was announced last week (Nov. 12, 2015) […]

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Meet Houston’s New Poet Laureate: Robin Davidson

Posted on · Last week, Houston officials announced the city's new poet laureate is Robin Davidson, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown. Davidson is Houston's second Poet Laureate, following Gwendolyn Zepeda, who was appointed in 2013 and just completed her term. The city's poet laureate is tasked with representing Houston by creating excitement about […]

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Flooding and Public Health, and Houston’s New Poet Laureate: Thursday’s show (May 28, 2015)

Posted on · The floodwaters have mostly receded from our roadways, but they still remain in some areas around Greater Houston. As cleanup continues, we talk with Dr. Scott Lea, Associate Professor and Infectious Diseases Clinic Director, in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases at UTMB, about what lurks in those muddy puddles left behind, […]

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Houston’s First Poet Laureate Reflects On Experience

Posted on · April may just be starting, but Houston is expected to announce its second poet laureate by the end of the month. Maybe you were unaware the city had one, but Gwendolyn Zepeda has held the inaugural role since her two-year term began in April 2013. There were nine applicants to replace her. Selection criteria include […]

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Clean Power Plan & Property Taxes: Wednesday’s Show (April 1, 2015)

Posted on · The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently released a study about the federal government's proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to regulate carbon emissions from power plants. Their assessment: doom and gloom, lost jobs, and rolling blackouts throughout the state. But others say the plan is positive, forward-thinking and the criticisms are overblown. On this edition […]


Houston Now Has An ‘Ambassador To Poetry’

Posted on · Houston announced the nomination of its first two-term poet laureate, Gwendolyn Zepeda. The announcement was made by Mayor Annise Parker and Houston Public Library Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson after a nomination period and selection committee had their — in this case — woman.