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What Are the Lessons Learned from the Sandy Phan-Gillis Case?

Posted on · (Above: Sandy Phan-Gillis is shown with her husband, Jeff, after spending more than two years detained in China. Photo Courtesy Jeff Gillis/Facebook)  Houstonian Sandy Phan-Gillis is back in the United States after spending more than two years detained in China. Last month (April 2017), Phan-Gillis was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison but was deported after […]

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Understanding the Situation with North Korea, and Sandy Phan-Gillis Update: Tuesday’s Show (May 16, 2017)

Posted on · (Above: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is shown on a TV at the Seoul Railway Station in South Korea on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Photo: Ahn Young-joon |AP) North Korea and the U.S. have been antagonistic since the 1950s and the Korean War — and it’s never really seemed to cool down in the past […]

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The Fate of Sandy Phan-Gillis, Houstonian Detained in China

Posted on · About a year ago, Houstonian Sandy Phan-Gillis was detained in China, accused by officials there of stealing state secrets. She’s remained there ever since. Last week (July 14, 2016), Newsweek reported China will, in fact, charge Phan-Gillis with violating its national security. We discuss the situation with John Kamm, a human rights campaigner from the Dui Hua […]

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The Eighties Oil Bust and Local Brexit Reactions: Tuesday’s Show (July 19, 2016)

Posted on · Slogging through an economic slowdown after a period of rapid growth can be frustrating – it can also be easy to lose perspective. On this edition of Houston Matters, we travel back in time 30 years to July of 1986, with the help of Houston Matters’ new WABAC machine!  Also with the help of an […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Destination Texas, Imprisoned in China and Free Opera for the Laid Off: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From Texas being the top destination to move to from out of state; to a Houstonian being jailed in China; to free opera subscription renewals for laid-off oil and gas employees: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s news. Our panel of non-experts this week includes: Wayne Ashley, the author of […]