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Technical Issues On The First Day Of STAAR Testing (April 8, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: STAAR Test technical issues, what Latino parents want in a new HISD Superintendent, drugs in Texas prisons, previewing a new lunar lander and its Houston control center, and bidding farewell to News 88.7's Laura Isensee.

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Thursday’s Show: Pregnancy Amid COVID-19, And The Effect On Court Proceedings (March 26, 2020)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: COVID-19 and pregnancy, the effect on jails and prisons, how courts have adapted, tips for staying physically active, and our monthly film segment, The Bigger Picture.

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Full Show: Prison Heat Lawsuit, And Japanese Investment In Houston (May 7, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: A potential settlement is near in a class action lawsuit over heat in a Texas prison. Then, Texas and Japanese officials meet in Houston for an economic summit. Plus, a local veterinarian answers your pet care questions. And Jeff Balke updates us on local sports.

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Full Show: Lingering Post-Harvey Health Concerns, And Inside Chinese Public Schools (Sept. 27, 2017)

Posted on · On Wednesday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn what health hazards still remain a month after Harvey. We engage in our weekly political roundup. And journalist Lenora Chu takes us inside the intense world of the Chinese public school system.

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Full Show: Prison Heat Conditions, And Trees Ordinances (July 20, 2017)

Posted on · Houston Matters examines a ruling on heat conditions in a prison near Houston, Gov. Abbott’s desire to repeal tree ordinances in cities, and how Houston plant life has changed over the years. Plus Houston Millennials talk about the state of their generation.

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Prisons, Queso and Pints: Houston Matters Weekend for Dec. 17, 2016

Posted on · A recent report from the U.S. Department of Education says over the past three decades, state and local spending on prisons and jails has risen more than three times faster than spending on elementary and secondary education. The disparities are far greater in Texas, where prison spending grew at nearly eight times the rate of […]

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Wolf Boys: How Two Boys Became Killers for the Cartel

Posted on · The book Wolf Boys is the true story of two Texas teenagers who were recruited as killers for a Mexican drug cartel. The story follows Gabriel Cardona and his friend Bart Reta as they were recruited, trained and worked for the Zetas. Former legal affairs reporter Dan Slater first learned about the boys in a […]