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Turning To God or Turning Away: Two Divergent Faith Journeys

Posted on · Today, we revisit a pair of conversations from 2014 about turning to – or away from – organized religion. First, we meet Rev. Clay Lein, rector at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks, who was once a self-professed “angry atheist.” He tells Craig Cohen how he found himself leading an Episcopal congregation […]

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The Year in Houston Politics and Two Views on Religion: Thursday’s Show (December 15, 2016)

Posted on · We continue our look back at the biggest stories of 2016 by examining the year in Houston politics. Of course, the biggest story of the year was the presidential election. But there were plenty of local stories too. We talk with Andrew Schneider, News 88.7’s political reporter, about all the Houston and Texas stories stemming from […]

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Uncovered: Houston Author Leah Lax Discusses Leaving the Hasidic Faith

Posted on · Houston writer Leah Lax has led an unconventional life. It includes nearly three decades as a Hasidic Jew in an arranged marriage she entered into when she was only 19. She and her husband moved to Houston, where she settled and became the mother of seven children. Over time, she had an awakening of sorts and rejected […]

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Escaping Cuba, and the Last Mile of Your Commute: Monday’s Show (November, 28 2016)

Posted on · With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we’d take time on this edition of Houston Matters to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro’s rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn’t know – he […]

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Training Healthcare Providers to Treat Their Patients’ Spiritual Needs

Posted on · When you visit the doctor, you probably focus on getting answers to treat the specific, physical problem that’s bothering you. And that’s hard enough as it is. But what happens when a diagnosis might change your life – or even threaten it? Sometimes patients need more than just medical information, according to the Institute for […]

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Selling the Pension Plan, and Helping the Homeless: Thursday’s Show (November 10, 2016)

Posted on · A couple of weeks ago, the Houston City Council passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pensions system. As News 88.7 reported, the deal includes $2.5 billion in benefit reductions, changes to annual cost of living adjustments and increased employee contributions. Mayor Turner says the proposal will lower […]

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Clearing Up Misconceptions About Islam

Posted on · The Houston Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Cypress felt so strongly about how the Prophet Muhammad has been represented in the media — and in general conversations lately — that they wanted to dispel some of the misconceptions around their faith and the use of the term “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “God is great.” That’s why this weekend (Oct. 15, 2016) they’re […]

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Police Oversight and Misconceptions About Islam: Tuesday’s Show (October 11, 2016)

Posted on · In 2011, Houston Mayor Annise Parker established a police oversight board to review internal investigations at the Houston Police Department. But some have complained the board doesn’t have any real teeth, with its volunteer members and lack of a budget. On this edition of Houston Matters we talk with one of the members of the […]

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Hand to God: Cypress Native Takes on Grief and Religion With Puppets

Posted on · Houston native Robert Askins is the playwright behind Hand to God, a dark comedy set in his hometown of Cypress. It tells the story of a young man involved in the puppet ministry at his church, when his puppet – named Tyrone – becomes possessed by the devil. It’s a scenario The New Yorker described […]