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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 […]

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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 […]

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New Chabad Directors Seek to Serve Jewish Students at Rice University

Posted on · Rabbi Shmuli Slonim and his wife Nechama Slonim are the new directors of the Chabad Jewish Center at Rice University, where they will serve Jewish undergraduate and graduate students. We talk with Rabbi Slonim about his journey from Australia to New York — and now to Houston. Plus we learn about the differences between Chabads […]

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Ozone Standards Follow-up and Championship Quidditch: Thursday’s Show (August 25, 2016)

Posted on · Yeah. You’re looking at a Quidditch match above. More about that below. First, on Monday’s program, we discussed how Greater Houston has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels and is facing new, even tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act. That, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, may create circumstances that could […]

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Why the Halliburton/Baker Hughes Merger Failed: Tuesday’s show (May 10, 2016)

Posted on · Last week (May 2, 2016), Halliburton and Baker Hughes — two of the world's biggest oilfield services companies, headquartered in Houston — called off an estimated $28 billion merger. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss why the deal ultimately fell through — and what the impact may be on Houston. We welcome your […]

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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 […]

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Profiling, Rothko Symposium, and Pest Control: Monday’s Show (March 28, 2016)

Posted on · Following last Tuesday's (March 22, 2016) attacks in Brussels, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz of Texas called for "empower[ing] law enforcement to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized." It's the latest such comment from the two leading Republican presidential candidates suggesting Muslims should be in some way singled out for scrutiny even […]