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Protests planned as NRA convention arrives in Houston (May 27, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Protests are planned this weekend as the National Rifle Association's annual convention takes place in Houston just days after the school shooting in Uvalde. We learn who's speaking at this year's event and what to expect from activists outside the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Marchers Flood Houston Protesting The Death Of George Floyd, And An Update On Tropical Storm Cristobal (June 3, 2020)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: Reflecting on Tuesday's march for George Floyd, an update on Tropical Storm Cristobal, how local and national leaders have responded to recent protests, and a documentary about the world of competitive spelling.

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Full Show: Political Roundup, And Board Game Culture (April 11, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn about a ruling on LGBT discrimination. We break down the latest political stories. We hold our annual spelling bee. And we see how playing board games is thriving in the age of technology.

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The Second Annual Houston Matters Spelling Bee

Posted on · On Wednesday (May 31, 2017), the best 12- to 14-year-old spellers from across the country will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Among them are two competitors from the Greater Houston area: Shourav Dasari, the 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee champion, and Raksheet Kota, the runner up. We wish them well, of course, […]

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Hurricane Memories, and a Trip to the Cat Café: Tuesday’s Show (May 30, 2017)

Posted on · The Atlantic Hurricane season starts on Thursday (June 1, 2017). On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Greater Houston to collectively share its memories of major storms that have affected the area, from Hurricane Ike in 2008 to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 to storms much further back in our memories. Joining us for […]


Finalists from The Woodlands and Katy Emerge from Houston Public Media Spelling Bee

Posted on · After competing in nine rounds with 56 total spellers representing 42 Texas counties, Shourav Dasari, a resident of The Woodlands and an eighth grader at McCullough Jr. High in Conroe ISD, emerged as the champion of the 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, making Raksheet Kota, a resident of Katy and an eighth grader at Beckendorff Jr. High in Katy ISD, runner-up.


Houston Public Media to Broadcast and Live Stream Nation’s Largest Local Spelling Bee

Posted on · Fifty-six spellers representing grades third through eighth from 1,151 schools in 42 Texas counties, will face-off on Sat., April 1 for the 2017 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee, the nation’s largest local spelling bee. New this year, early rounds will stream live on Houstonpublicmedia.org/spellingbee at 1:30 p.m. and final rounds will air live on TV 8 and online at 7:00 p.m.