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Full Show: Gymnastics Arrest, and Crosby ISD’s Financial Woes (Oct. 18, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: The former president of USA Gymnastics has been arrested in relation to an indictment in Texas. Then, Crosby ISD's superintendent discusses his district's financial woes. Plus, we learn how Houston can cope with projected population growth. And Markus Zusak talks about his novel, Bridge of Clay.

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Full Show: Census Data On Texas Growth, And The Year In Education (Dec. 21, 2017)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We examine new census data and what it says about Texas. We look back at the year in education. We learn about the life of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, who wrote 'A Raisin in the Sun.' And we hear a performance from Houston-based Indie rock band Vodi.

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Is Houston Racially Segregated Or Economically?

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. Houston exhibits something called “the entropy index,” meaning our city comes closer than any […]

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Houston Leads the Nation in Population Growth — Again

Posted on · Texas added more people last year than any other state, according to new population estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released last week (March 24, 2016). Overall, the state added nearly half a million people (490,000). Greater Houston had the largest gain of any metro area in the nation, adding about 159,000 people, according to data […]

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How Much Will Texas’ Population Grow by 2050?

Posted on · Between recent census figures and a new report from the Office of the State Demographer, growth is the word on many people’s lips in Texas. The report says the state’s population could double by 2050. That’s if migration patterns continue along the same trends seen from 2000 to 2010. State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter joins us […]

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Does Houston’s Economic Growth Have a Dark Side?

Posted on · Late last month, Forbes magazine published its list of the fastest growing U.S. cities for 2015. Houston ranked No. 1. Austin was No. 2. Dallas was third. Fort Worth and San Antonio also cracked the top ten. The list is based on population growth, employment data, and other economic indicators. Even with oil prices dropping precipitously […]

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Will Traffic on 290 Ever Be Better?

Posted on · You can experience some fairly intense traffic jams on many of Greater Houston’s main arteries. But there’s a special rarefied air set aside for U.S. 290, the Northwest Freeway. Exploding population growth in the area, combined with a massive ongoing construction project, makes this one of the most frequently jammed up traffic areas in Greater […]