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Full Show: Bail Reform Lawsuit, The History Of Blackface, And Musician John Oates (Feb. 15, 2019)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: Bail bond companies sue the county. We explore the history of blackface. We break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. And John Oates pays homage to his roots.

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Full Show: Health Care Merger Called Off, And Non-Citizen Voters List (Feb. 5, 2019)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The proposed merger between Memorial Hermann and Baylor Scott & White has been called off. Plus, we preview the State of the State address. We learn how area counties are handling lists of possible non-citizen voters. A sociologist explains how racism can persist without racists. And a local theater company throws itself a wake.

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Full Show: Road Closures, Voter Lists, And The Music Of Harry Potter (Feb. 1, 2019)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: More road closures, examining voter lists, philosophers who perpetuated racist ideas, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news, and the music of Harry Potter.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]