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Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

Posted on · In 1931, officials at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville started a rodeo for inmates. Intended simply as entertainment for prisoners and employees, it eventually grew to become the largest sporting event in the state of Texas, drawing crowds as large as a hundred thousand in some years. A book called Convict Cowboys: The Untold […]

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Convict Cowboys: The Untold History of the Texas Prison Rodeo

Posted on · In 1931, officials at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville started a rodeo for inmates. Intended simply as entertainment for prisoners and employees, it eventually grew to become the largest sporting event in the state of Texas, drawing crowds as large as a hundred thousand in some years. A new book called Convict Cowboys: The […]

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Previewing the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Posted on · This year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially kicks off Tuesday (3/3/15) and continues through March 22. It’s been a part of the city’s fabric since 1932. Today, we go behind the scenes to learn about the preparations leading up to this year’s Rodeo. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin tours NRG Park with Dan Cheney, Chief […]

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Rodeo Preview and Galveston Artist Residency: Friday’s show (February 27, 2015)

Posted on · This year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially kicks off Tuesday (3/3/15) and continues through March 22. It’s been a part of the city’s fabric since 1932. On today’s Houston Matters, we go behind the scenes to learn about the preparations leading up to this year’s Rodeo. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin tours NRG Park with […]

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Previewing the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Posted on · The 2014Â Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which kicks off next week, is a lot of things. The month-long celebration at Reliant Park promotes livestock and farm products, offers a venue for research and education within the livestock industry, a wide variety of 4-H events, includes the largest rodeo in the world, and a month […]

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A Rodeo Preview and The Good the Bad and the Ugly of Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, February 28, 2014

Posted on · The 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which kicks off next week, is a lot of things. The month-long celebration at Reliant Park promotes livestock and farm products, offers a venue for research and education within the livestock industry, a wide variety of 4-H events, includes the largest rodeo in the world, and a month […]

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Rice Pres. David Leebron, Good Bad & Ugly of Houston News, & Playing Crumpet the Elf Again and Again: Houston Matters for Fri., Dec. 13, 2013

Posted on · In the collective history of Rice University, it has had just seven Presidents. The current President, David Leebron, assumed that role in 2004, and in the years since, Rice has seen significant increases in undergraduate enrollment, the launch of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, new residential colleges, new buildings on campus, and visits from […]