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Full Show: A Conversation With HISD’s Richard Carranza, And Happy Houston (March 9, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We hear from outgoing HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza. Then, we offer you another chance to share the good news in your life. Plus, our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of the week's news. And we talk with one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Houston Based Rapper Z-Ro Asks Law Enforcement and the African-American Community to Be Accountable

Posted on · After the shootings of law enforcement officers in Dallas last July (July 7, 2016), Houston-based rapper Joseph Wayne McVey — better known by his stage name Z-Ro — was inspired to write a song called No Justice No Peace. Despite what it might sound like, the rapper calls not only for more police accountability, but also […]

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Another Oil Bankruptcy, Osteen Raps and Jade Helm Begins: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From another Houston-area oil company declaring bankruptcy, to a rap song featuring Pastor Joel Osteen, to the start of the Jade Helm 15 military exercise: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Houston Chronicle writer Lisa Falkenberg; Paul Pendergraft, producer of Texas Originals; and Vlad […]

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Rapper Bun B Teaches Class on Religion and Hip-Hop at Rice

Posted on · You might be familiar with Houston-based rapper Bun B as a member of the group UGK. But you might not know he’s also a distinguished lecturer at Rice University, co-teaching a course examining the relationship between religion and hip-hop. Starting in a few weeks, Religion and Hip-Hop Culture will be offered as a free online class. It’s […]

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Truth About Houston’s Economy: Wednesday’s Show (February 18, 2015)

Posted on · Late last month, Forbes magazine published its list of the fastest growing U.S. cities for 2015. Houston ranked No. 1. Austin was No. 2. Dallas was third. Fort Worth and San Antonio also cracked the top ten. The list is based on population growth, employment data, and other economic indicators. Even with oil prices dropping precipitously […]

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A Tour of Influential Places in the Houston Rap Scene

Posted on · We’ve discussed the history and culture of Houston Hip-Hop on this program before, but recently the Houston Press ran an article called “10 Possible Houston Rap Tourism Destinations” meant to introduce newcomers to the history of rap in H-town – as well as help native Houstonians learn more about the people and places who helped […]

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Transportation Through 2040, Technological Singularity, and Rap Tourism: Houston Matters for Friday, December 12, 2014

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council is creating a plan that lays out the area’s transportation needs over the next 25 years. The 2040 RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) lays out the latest update to a continuous planning process that includes the eight central counties of the Houston-Galveston region. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Alan […]

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What’s Houston’s Contribution to the Rap World?

Posted on · The Houston rap scene has now been well documented in two books, Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes, which feature photos by Peter Beste and interviews and oral histories collected by writer Lance Scott Walker. Walker joins us to discuss the project and Houston’s influence on the rap world.