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Houston Scholar Discovers a Lost ‘Manly’ Side of Walt Whitman

Posted on · In his famous volume of poetry, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman wrote, “Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.” That’s the kind of free verse we’re used to reading from the celebrated American poet. But it turns out he also wrote word like this: “Guard your manly power…from all violations — this is the […]

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Houston Poet Conor Bracken

Posted on · April is the 20th annual National Poetry Month. In conjunction, each Monday this month we’re meeting Houston-based poets. On this edition, we meet Conor Bracken. Originally from Virginia, Bracken teaches and writes in Houston. His work has been published in — or forthcoming from — Handsome, the minnesota review, Ninth Letter, Puerto del Sol, and Thrush Poetry Journal, among […]

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Flooding Update and Owen Bennett Jones: Tuesday’s show (April 19, 2016)

Posted on · A number of areas in and around Greater Houston continue to experience flooding after severe weather Monday (April 18, 2016). More than a foot of rain fell on the region, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and leaving at least five people dead in Harris County. According to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, three areas of the city […]

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Houston Poet Bruno Rios

Posted on · April is the 20th annual National Poetry Month. In conjunction, each Monday this month we’ll meet Houston-based poets. On this edition, we meet Bruno Ríos. He’s a poet, novelist, translator and Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Hispanic Studies of the University of Houston. His academic and creative work has been published in numerous magazines and journals […]

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The State of Houston’s Health: Monday’s Show (April 11, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s program, we continue our 2nd annual “State of Houston” series – exploring the state of Greater Houston’s economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what’s happening here in health and science, with News 88.7’s health and science reporter Carrie Feibel.

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The Art of Three Generations Combines in One Performance of Poetry and Dance

Posted on · Over the past year or so, we’ve been sharing the stories of Houstonians who’ve followed in the career footsteps of their loved ones in our occasional series The Family Business. However, today we bring you the story of a family whose members, with each passing generation, tried to rebel against the family business, which was […]

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Wind Power Transmission and Steel Pipe: Monday’s Show (April 4, 2016)

Posted on · A Houston-based company has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to carry out a project designed to modernize a portion of the country’s electric grid and be able to deliver wind-generated energy from the Texas panhandle, Oklahoma and southwest Kansas to more than 1.5 million homes across several states. DOE […]

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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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HISD Won’t Ban Early Elementary Suspensions: Tuesday’s Show (November 17, 2015)

Posted on · During a school board meeting last Thursday, HISD board members refused to ban suspensions of pre-K through second grade students. We learn why from News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee on today’s Houston Matters. Then, we talk with Morgan Craven, Director of the “School-to-Prison Pipeline Project” for the non-profit social justice group Texas Appleseed, which put […]

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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, and why you probably […]