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Renaming Streets and Science in the Movies: Friday’s Show (October 2, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, the Prairie View City Council upheld its decision to rename University Drive in honor of Sandra Bland. Naming and renaming streets in the city of Houston can be a lengthy and sometimes controversial process. On this edition of Houston Matters, explore why and how streets are named and renamed and what prompts the […]

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Ebola Anniversary and Bail Reform: Wednesday’s Show (September 30, 2015)

Posted on · We mark a strange anniversary today. This time last year, a disease frightening and foreign to many Americans landed on the Lone Star state’s doorstep. Ebola, a disease ravaging Western Africa, found its way to the emergency room at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where Thomas Eric Duncan was told to go home and sleep off […]

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The New Space Race and Bobcat Goldthwait: Friday’s Show (September 25, 2015)

Posted on · During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a space race. In 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth. The next year, in response, the U.S. established NASA and began the Mercury program. The Soviets put the first man in space. The U.S. was the […]

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Second Annual Newcomers Guide to Houston: Thursday’s Show (September 3, 2015)

Posted on · On this special edition of Houston Matters, we offer our second annual Newcomers Guide to Houston! Whether you're new to town, or just want a refresher on the basics of life in the Bayou City, this is a must listen. We cover absolutely as much territory as we can in an hour, presenting the lowdown […]

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First Shift, Hot Dogs and Ice Cream: Thursday’s Show (July 16, 2015)

Posted on · For most Houstonians, life follows a fairly predictable schedule. Wake up around sunrise, work or go to school during the day, run errands, socialize, or decompress at night, then sleep, and start all over again. But that pattern – and the environment that is Houston – looks and feels very different if you work the […]

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Preventing Flooding in Meyerland: Thursday’s Show (July 9, 2015)

Posted on · This week, Brazos Bend State Park reopened. It was closed for several weeks due to flood damage. It’s just one of many areas in and around Greater Houston that contended with flooding over Memorial Day weekend, prompted by a strong, fast-developing and sustained storm, which dropped up to 11 inches of rain over the area […]

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Making Houston More Walkable: Monday’s Show (July 6, 2015)

Posted on · Houston motorists often share the road with cyclists and pedestrians, but it's not always a harmonious relationship. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 480 pedestrians were killed in Texas in 2014, accounting for about 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the state. In Houston alone, that number rises to more […]

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The Mayor’s Budget, Reid Ryan, and Pet Care: Monday’s Show (May 18, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveiled a $5.1 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The 2016 fiscal year budget proposal is the last of Mayor Parker's administration. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk about where the majority of funds are going, how this could shape […]

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Same Sex Marriage Appeal and Science Envoys: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Posted on · The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Friday in cases involving same-sex marriage bans in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Last February, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled the Lone Star state's same sex marriage ban unconstitutional, saying it deprives citizens equal protection under the law. But he also elected to delay the […]

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Apathy About Police, Charlas, and Immunotherapy: Houston Matters for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Posted on · We learned this past summer about a Houston Police Department staffing study commissioned by the city, which indicated 15,000 burglaries and thefts, 3,000 hit-and-run crashes and 3,000 assaults in 2013 were set aside without follow-up. Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland, at the time, noted "There has never been a time that I have been employed […]

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Transportation Through 2040, Technological Singularity, and Rap Tourism: Houston Matters for Friday, December 12, 2014

Posted on · The Houston-Galveston Area Council is creating a plan that lays out the area's transportation needs over the next 25 years. The 2040 RTP (Regional Transportation Plan) lays out the latest update to a continuous planning process that includes the eight central counties of the Houston-Galveston region. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with […]

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Study: Reading from a Printed Page Helps You Remember More than Reading from a Screen

Posted on · In this digital age of ours, some of us will roll our eyes a bit when we see someone print out an article they can just as easily read on their computer or tablet or smart phone. Turns out — at least according to a recent University of Houston study — they might be onto […]

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Teaching Kids Build Mars Rover Models

Posted on · We learn about a workshop to help teachers prepare their students to participate in the annual Mars Rover Model Celebration and Exhibition, in which Houston students design and create models of potential Mars rovers. The program is designed to get kids interested in STEM fields and space exploration. Student teams will present their work at […]