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In the Mind Fields: Connecting Neuroscience and Freud

Posted on · We talk with author and former Newsweek and The Daily Beast staff writer Casey Schwartz about connections between neuroscience, psychology and psychiatry. She's here in Houston this week to discuss those connections, and her new book In the Mind Fields: Exploring the New Science of Neuropsychoanalysis.

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Counselor Helps Expats Adjust to Life in Houston

Posted on · If you€™’ve lived in Houston any length of time, chances are you€™’ve noticed the diversity of the city €“ and that a lot of people here were born in another country. This means plenty of Houstonians are adjusting €“ not just to living in a new city, but also to living in a completely different […]

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Industry and the Environment: Tuesday’s Show (October 6, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we examine a pair of developments involving industry and the environment in Houston. First, it's been nearly a year since four workers died in a toxic gas leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte. Last week, federal investigators presented their findings. Houston Matters' Maggie Martin discusses the report with […]

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Why Are Some People Afraid of Guns, While Others Feel Safer When They’re Around?

Posted on · As the Texas Legislature takes on open carry and campus carry bills, psychologist Michael Winters joins us to contemplate what goes on in our minds when we enter a room, and we know someone there has a gun — and why some among us feel safer, while others feel threatened. We also discuss what’s happening […]

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Child Fatality Report and Competitive Cooking: Wednesday’s Show (March 25, 2015)

Posted on · Two state agencies have collaborated to create a report examining child abuse and neglect fatalities in Texas. Researchers with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services used public health information from the Department of State Health Services to examine nearly 700 cases in which a child died from abuse or neglect from 2010 to […]

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Is Houston a Home for Introverts?

Posted on · We’ve noted a number of times on this program how diverse Houston is. Ethnically, religiously, socioeconomically. No matter how you slice it, Houston is a melting pot. And that goes for personalities, too. We have loud, expressive, bombastic people. We have reserved, introspective people. While we routinely hear from the extroverts among us, those sociable […]

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Veterans Retreats and Street Harassment: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Posted on · The 2007 best-selling book (and 2013 film adaptation) Lone Survivor tells the story of Navy SEAL and Houston native Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of a gun battle during a mission in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell was badly wounded, and wasn’t rescued until several days after the battle. It’s a harrowing story, but as is […]

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Lone Star Nation, Tough Talks with Kids, and André de Korvin: Houston Matters for Thursday, October 30, 2014

Posted on · In his new book Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America, Richard Parker examines how his native Texas has changed dramatically in the last 30 years – and how it’s in the midst of change right now and will continue to be so in the years to come. He notes how the suburbs of […]

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Germophobia: How Afraid Should You Really Be of Germs in Everyday Life?

Posted on · Germophobes of the world unite! Now, technically, “germophobia” is not a real word. The actual word is mysophobia. It’s an abnormal fear of or distaste for uncleanliness or contamination. If germs give you the creepy-crawlies, well, then, either this is the absolute best or worst conversation for you. We talk about why some of us […]

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Preventing Suicide: Houston Psychologist Discusses Dealing with Mental Illness

Posted on · Tonight at 8, Houston Public Media TV 8 will present a special edition of Pioneers of Television, remembering the late Robin Williams. The actor and comedian died of an apparent suicide last month. His death, and others like it, nationally and locally, have brought the subject of suicide front and center. We learn what Houston […]

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CEOs & Plane Crashes, Anger Management and Jazz: Houston Matters for Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Posted on · CEOs are dying in private plane crashes more often than you might think. Why? And what does it have to do with Houston? Well, the connection lies in the oil and gas industry, and industries like it, and how the personalities of CEOs which allow them to be calculated risk-takers also lead some of them […]