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Biggest Mural In Houston Meant to Highlight Importance of Public Art

Posted on · If you’ve driven in Midtown lately, you’ve probably been distracted by the newly created “biggest mural in Houston.” It’s a painting spanning five stories across an 8,000-square-foot wall of a building at 2800 San Jacinto. The mural is an homage to Michelangelo’s famous fresco, “The Creation of Adam.” But, instead of reaching out to touch the […]

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How Winning the Spelling Bee Changed One Houstonian’s Life

Posted on · The 2014 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee takes place tomorrow (March 29, 2014). The bee features the top 55 young spellers from more than a thousand schools from East Texas to Austin. They’ll compete for the opportunity to represent Greater Houston in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. It’s great fun watching these […]

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At What Age Should Public Education Begin?

Posted on · Some see value in Pre-K programs as a way to ensure children are ready to learn by kindergarten. Others see an unnecessary expansion of public education. Underlying it all are fundamental questions, like at what age should formal education really begin for a child? And shouldn’t preparation for school really happen at home? We talk it […]

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Artist Turns Threads from Mexican Serapes into Elaborate Geometric Patterns

Posted on · Artist Adrian Esparza pays homage to his Latino heritage, and symbolizes the way his life has changed, by un-spooling the threads from a Mexican blanket, or serape, and then weaving elaborate geometric patterns onto walls. We learn more about him and his art, which is on display through May 11 at the Houston Center for […]

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How Receiving Kidney Donation Changed Houston Man’s Life

Posted on · In 2013 the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) recorded more than 1.6 million Texas registrants to the Donate Life Texas Registry, bringing the total to nearly five million people. The registry is the state database of individuals who have officially indicated their decisions to donate organs and tissue to benefit thousands of people currently […]

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Houston Loves Patrick Swayze: Turning the Movie ‘Ghost’ into a Musical

Posted on · This week, the Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall will feature Ghost: The Musical. Yes, you heard us right. A musical based on the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore/Whoopi Goldberg film. No word if attendees in the front row have to worry about getting splattered with clay. Houston Public Media Arts and Culture correspondent Troy Schulze learns how this […]

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Tango: It’s Not Meant Just to Be Danced, But to Be Sung Too

Posted on · Tango lovers are in for a treat this Saturday, as pianist Rene Casarsa and Casa Argentina present the 15th year of the series “Tango Time,” a celebration of the music of tango with several guest musicians and dancers. The performance is at 7 p.m. at Jones Hall on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. […]

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Initiative Encourages Houstonians to Lose a Million Pounds

Posted on · We learn about the Million Pound Challenge, an initiative by Shape Up Houston to encourage Greater Houston to collectively lose a million pounds. The hope is to encourage a healthier Houston and to lessen the public health and economic burdens it could create in the future.

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Art & Events Planned for Hermann Park’s Centennial Year

Posted on · Hermann Park is celebrating its centennial this year. Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse talked with Doreen Stoller, executive director of the Hermann Park Conservancy, about the yearlong series of events planned to mark the anniversary. And she explains what’s in store for the park’s future — and the some 6 million visitors it serves each […]

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That Abandoned Lot in Your Neighborhood — It’s More Than Just an Eyesore

Posted on · Also this hour: Just a few months ago, the City of Houston rolled out its Mow-Down program – a pilot program to address overgrown abandoned lots in Houston neighborhoods. Officials say they’re eyesores which raise public safety concerns. We talk with the head of the program, Landon Taylor.

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How Will New METRO Red Line Affect Surrounding Communities?

Posted on · METRO’s Red Line will open for service next week. The second light-rail line will add more than five miles to the existing Main Street Line, starting at UH-Downtown and running through Houston’s historic Northside. KUHF Transportation Reporter Gail Delaughter recently took a tour of the new rail line. She joins us to talk about the expansion […]