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Why Are Murder Rates Up in 2015?

Posted on · Back in March, following a stretch of several murders in just over a day, a sergeant with the Houston Police Department's homicide division told the Houston Chronicle he was expecting "a heavy summer" for homicides. That comment prompted the Houston Matters team to wonder how much murder rates correspond to the seasons here – are […]

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The 34th Houston Area Survey: Thursday’s Show (April 30, 2015)

Posted on · Findings from the 34th annual Houston Area Survey will be revealed Thursday. The report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is the nation's longest-running study of any metropolitan area's economy, population, life experiences, beliefs, and attitudes. We have the first detailed look at it on Thursday’s Houston Matters, as we speak with its […]

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Monorail, Code Red Report, and Social Media Impact on Mental Health: Houston Matters for Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Posted on · Business is bustling in neighborhoods near and along Westheimer toward Post Oak Boulevard. A lot of people work and shop in the Uptown/Galleria area, River Oaks, and surrounding communities. That also means a lot of traffic. A variety of ideas have been floated over the years to address such traffic snarls, including the idea of […]

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Veterans Retreats and Street Harassment: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014

Posted on · The 2007 best-selling book (and 2013 film adaptation) Lone Survivor tells the story of Navy SEAL and Houston native Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of a gun battle during a mission in Afghanistan in 2005. Luttrell was badly wounded, and wasn’t rescued until several days after the battle. It’s a harrowing story, but as is […]

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Klineberg on Houston’s Hispanics and Comedian W. Kamau Bell: Houston Matters for Friday, November 7, 2014

Posted on · Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Rice Sociology Professor and founding director of Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, unveils a new report today titled "Shared Prospects: Hispanics and the Future of Houston." The report examines the educational and economic experiences of different Hispanic communities in and around Houston, and explores the implications for their future, and […]

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Study: Immigrant Children are More Likely to be Sedentary

Posted on · A new study by sociologists at Rice University indicates immigrant children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be sedentary than U.S.-born white children. We learn more about the study from Rachel Kimbro, one of its co-authors, and discuss reasons why this might be the case.

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Payday Lenders, Fracking Water and LibroFEST: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Posted on · You've seen them all over Greater Houston – and maybe you've even had to use one: payday or auto title loan centers. Customers short on cash can get a high-interest loan due at their next payday or they can borrow money with the title to their car as collateral. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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What Does the Latest Klineberg Study Tell Us About Houston?

Posted on · The Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey by Rice University will be released today. Now in its 33rd year, the survey is the nation’s longest-running study of any metropolitan area’s economy, population, life experiences, beliefs and attitudes. Its author, sociology professor and co-founder of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Dr. Stephen Klineberg, shares the latest […]

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Legalizing Marijuana & Audio Art: Houston Matters for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Posted on · The state of Colorado now allows the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Thousands of Coloradans, as well as people from outside the state, have descended on dispensaries to purchase pot legally. The state of Texas has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that legalization of […]