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What Texas has gotten in return for security initiatives at the border (April 22, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: In recent years, Texas has launched numerous costly initiatives aimed at securing the U.S.-Mexico border. But what has Texas gotten in return for those measures? Plus, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week and learn about the new BIPOC Book Festival.

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Full Show: Heart Transplants, And Changing The Narrative About Gun Owners (June 15, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: Baylor St. Luke’s restarts its heart transplant program. A researcher wants to change the narrative about guns and gun owners. Plus, our panel of non-experts discusses the The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we learn about outsider art in Texas.

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Report: Greater Houston’s a ‘Sitting Duck’ for the Next Big Storm

Posted on · Reporters from the Texas Tribune and ProPublica have teamed up on a report examining the Houston and Galveston region's lack of storm infrastructure. The article is called Hell and High Water, and it suggests Greater Houston is simply unprepared to handle that next big storm. To tell us more, we talk with Texas Tribune environmental […]

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Regulating Refineries and How to Be A Texan: Wednesday’s Show (March 9, 2016)

Posted on · A worker was injured Saturday morning when an explosion at the Pasadena Refining Systems Inc. plant started a fire, sending smoke plumes into the Pasadena air. A portion of the Houston Ship Channel was closed briefly while the Coast Guard investigated for any potential chemical releases. According to the EPA, the plant owned by Petrobras, […]

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Should Non-Profit Hospitals Be Able to Sue Patients Over Unpaid Bills?

Posted on · Last month, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley told NPR and ProPublica he was “astounded” by the collection practices of some non-profit hospitals, who are seizing wages of low-income patients. NPR and ProPublica have found hundreds of such instances, which Grassley, the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, says could be illegal. They would be, for sure, here in […]