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The State of Houston Transportation, and the Houston Area Survey: Monday’s Show (May 1, 2017)

Posted on · Today, Houston Matters kicks off its 3rd annual State of Houston series with a look at the state of Houston transportation with the help of News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter. Also this hour…

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New Transportation Research Program Looks at Houston’s Place in the ‘Megaregion’

Posted on · If traffic in Houston isn’t bad enough for you, just zoom out a little bit. Take a look at what’s going on over a greater area. As technology changes the way we get around, researchers say the city needs to consider itself part of a bigger picture — part of something called a “megaregion.” News […]

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Researchers Face Uncertain Times for Government-Funded Programs

Posted on · With a new administration headed to the White House, it’s an uncertain time for researchers in medicine, genetics, disease and many other disciplines that rely on government grants for funding. For instance, President-elect Trump’s pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, suggested in a since-deleted Sept. 9, 2016 Facebook post […]

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Texas Legislature Preview, and Impact of Government Grants on Research: Monday’s Show (January 9, 2017)

Posted on · The Texas Legislature is back in session tomorrow (Jan. 10, 2017). Back on the first day bills could be filed for the session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released his list of top ten priorities for the session. But what are the legislative priorities for the rest of the state’s lawmakers this session? On this edition […]

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The Year In Education, and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Opera: Tuesday’s Show (December 13, 2016)

Posted on · This week, we’re recapping this past year’s biggest news stories with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics, arts and culture and sports. Today, we explore the year in education. In January, Mike Morath started his role as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He’s a known advocate for school choice and previously served […]

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How Can Houston Suburbs Improve?

Posted on · A new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research examines ways Houston suburbs can improve. The study is based on five case studies of Houston suburbs, including Sugar Land and The Woodlands. Kyle Shelton, the man behind the research, joins us to discuss how our idea of suburbs has changed over time and […]

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Is Houston Really a Better Place for Cancer Treatment?

Posted on · Part of the narrative of Greater Houston is that it’s a good place to be if you should have to contend with cancer. We not only have the Texas Medical Center here, but we’re the home of MD Anderson Cancer Center. So, clearly, if you’re going to have to have cancer in Texas, this is […]

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Five Things Research Says About Concealed Handguns on College Campuses

Posted on · Texas’ new “campus carry” law took effect yesterday (Aug. 1, 2016). That means many students at the state’s four-year public universities will head to class on campuses that allow concealed weapons (it takes effect at Texas community colleges next year). The law allows licensed gun owners to bring their weapons into classrooms, faculty offices and most […]

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Scientists Compete in Crafting ‘Elevator Speeches’ for Their Research

Posted on · If you’re trying to get ahead in your career – or just sell an idea – you’ve probably been told to craft an “elevator speech.” It’s a clear, brief message about yourself and your work, a tiny talk you’ve memorized for interviews, meetings – or that chance encounter in the elevator with your company’s president. […]