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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 […]

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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 […]

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How Have Views on Religion Changed in the Past Decade?

Posted on · What do Americans think of religious these days? Penny Edgell, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota, recently gave a lecture hosted by Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program on her work addressing Americans’ attitudes about public religious expression. We talk with her about what her research suggests is a growing divide […]

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Sleep and Sleep Disorders, and Finding a Community of Faith: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Posted on · Ahh the sweet caress of sleep. It's where our bodies recharge and our minds defragment. Of course, we all know we're supposed to get eight hours of sleep a night. But too often we're forced to live by the philosophy of "I'll sleep when I'm dead," squeezing in four hours here, a power nap there, […]

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Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: A Conversation with David McAfee

Posted on · David McAfee grew up going to church with his family, but says he never really believed the stories of the Bible were true. But when he discovered that his family truly did believe them, instead of being driven away from religion he became obsessed with learning more about it – so much so that he […]

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East End Development, Co-Ops, and Atheism: Houston Matters for Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Posted on · All this week, Houston Public Media News 88.7’s Florian Martin has reported on development efforts in Houston’s East End. We discuss that development on this edition of Houston Matters. But first, we hear Florian’s report on how, as much of the industry has moved out, the East End is turning into a walkable, mixed-use community. […]

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How a Former Atheist Became an Episcopal Minister

Posted on · A few weeks back, Rev. Clay Lein delivered his first sermon as the new rector at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in River Oaks. But he wasn’t always a religious man. He’s a former electrical engineer who was once a self-professed “angry atheist.” How did he find himself heading up a 4,000 strong Episcopal […]

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“Winter” Weather and Moderates in Politics: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Posted on · The recent cold snap reminds us that, while summer months here can seem interminably hot and muggy, from October through April, Houston's weather can vary wildly. One day we're enjoying mild seasonal temperatures; the next we're fishing our coats out of the back of the closet, and being reminded to wrap our pipes and mind […]

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Zealot: Reza Aslan Discusses the Life and Times of Jesus

Posted on · Religious scholar Reza Aslan is the author of the book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Any time someone seeks to examine a religious figure as a real-life, flesh and blood human being, it’s bound to generate some measure of controversy, and last year Aslan found himself defending his book, and that […]

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The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: Priest Incorporates Alcohol into Devotion

Posted on · You may not have heard of Episcopalian priest Father William “Bill” Miller, but he grew up close to The Heights, in Garden Oaks. Recently he released his second book, “The Beer Drinker’s Guide to God: The Whole and Holy Truth About Lager, Loving, and Living.” For a priest to choose a topic like God and […]