Houston Matters

Full Show: Racism in Law Enforcement, And the Risks of Candidate Debates (Aug. 23, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: Vice President visits NASA. A new survey says many Texans are still reeling from the aftermath of Harvey. Author Matthew Horace gives an account of the racism, crimes, and color lines that permeate America's law enforcement. We examine the risks and rewards of candidates participating in public debates. And we talk with the director and cast of the Houston production Talk Radio.

Full Show

Is Texas Racist? And the Endless 290 Construction Project: Tuesday’s Show (June 13, 2017)

Posted on · Since March, three different Texas voting laws have been struck down by the courts as intentionally discriminatory. And the Texas Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities ban,” which many immigrants rights’ groups are concerned will lead to racial profiling. That string of news got us wondering – is Texas racist? Does […]

Houston Matters

Should We Destroy Symbols of Hate or Preserve Them as History?

Posted on · A federal jury recently (Jan. 10, 2017) determined Dylann Roof should be sentenced to death for killing nine African Americans in an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015. After the shooting, political leaders in South Carolina and Alabama responded by removing the Confederate battle flag from their state capitol buildings. Of course, there’s long […]

Press

“Houston In Black And White” to Air on Houston Public Media TV 8 Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Posted on · Houston Public Media is exploring the issues that face black and white communities in Houston during a 60-minute TV special, “Houston In Black And White,” that airs on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 16 at 9 p.m. on TV 8.

Good, Bad and Ugly

Reaction to Police Shootings and the Attack on Dallas Police

Posted on · Normally each Friday we ask a panel of “non-experts” to discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the week’s news. However, today we ask Natalie Arceneaux, Joe Holley and Marcus Davis simply to react to the fatal police shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge this week, along with the attack on law enforcement […]

Houston Matters

How Two Friends Became Activists Together On Campus

Posted on · With protests from the University of Missouri to Yale, race has become one of the biggest issues on college campuses this year. It’s been fueled by racially charged incidents as well as broader questions about access and inclusion in higher education. The Black Lives Matter movement has also added to the changing climate. Two college […]

Houston Matters

Driving Miss Daisy: A Message Still Relevant in 2015

Posted on · You’re probably familiar with Driving Miss Daisy – if for nothing else, the 1989 movie starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman. It won the Oscar in 1990 for Best Adapted Screenplay, having been adapted from the play of the same name. The story focuses on Daisy, an elderly Jewish woman, who has a car accident. […]

Full Show

How We Talk About Race: Thursday’s Show (August 27, 2015)

Posted on · Each generation approaches conversations about race differently. Baby Boomers who lived through the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s see the world differently from Gen Xers, who grew up in a desegregated — but still in some ways disconnected and often unequal — society. Millennials live in a digital age in which seemingly everything is […]

Houston Matters

How Have Conversations About Race Changed in Houston?

Posted on · This past Friday morning, Dallas police received reports a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a park named for him had been vandalized. Someone spray-painted the word “shame” on the base of the statue. The incident came two weeks after protesters gathered in the park to hold an “undedication” ceremony. And it was reported […]

Full Show

Healing Racism, Gardening and the Astros’ First Half: Monday’s Show (July 13, 2015)

Posted on · This past Friday morning, Dallas police received reports a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in a park named for him had been vandalized. Someone spray-painted the word “shame” on the base of the statue. The incident came two weeks after protesters gathered in the park to hold an “undedication” ceremony. And it was reported […]