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How Strong is The Force in Houston? Star Wars Fans Weigh In

Posted on · Forty years ago today, the original Star Wars film was released in theaters. We note the anniversary, and listen back to Maggie Martin’s May 2015 conversation with Houston-based Star Wars fan Kristen Lee Ohanyan, who heads up Star Wars and Jedi Enthusiasts of Houston, along with fellow fans Marcus Schaefer and Matthew Shields.

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Finding Millions in Housing Funds, and Speech Therapy Cuts: Thursday’s Show (May 25, 2017)

Posted on · (Photo: Florian Martin | Houston Public Media) The City of Houston’s Housing Department suddenly has $46 million more for affordable housing projects. How? It started with some investigative reporting from the Houston Chronicle. On today’s edition of Houston Matters, Michael Hagerty has reporters Rebecca Elliott and Mike Morris explain. The oversight was uncovered after the Chronicle’s Freedom of […]

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How Strong is The Force in Houston?

Posted on · At Sunday night’s Oscars (Feb. 28, 2016), Star Wars: The Force Awakens was very much on display even if the film didn’t take home any awards. Cast members — and even those beloved droids — made appearances on the Disney-owned ABC telecast. While the new Star Wars film didn’t capture an Academy Award, it has […]

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Super Tuesday Analysis and Cheap Eats: Wednesday’s Show (March 2, 2016)

Posted on · We recap and analyze Super Tuesday primary election results in the presidential race and discuss some Texas down-ballot races, including congressional and state legislative seats, on this edition of Houston Matters. We talk with Brandon Rottinghaus, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston. Outdated Racial Categories Also this hour: schools, surveys and […]

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How Strong is The Force in Houston?

Posted on · Star Wars fans still have months to wait before the newest movie hits theaters. In the meantime, a new book called Ultimate Star Wars may be enough to help fans cope until December. The book is an illustrated guide to the Star Wars galaxy, with a comprehensive story line from 1977 through the present day. […]

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Voter ID, The Full Menu, and Star Wars Fans: Wednesday’s Show (May 6, 2015)

Posted on · Last week, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Veasey v. Perry, a challenge to the Texas voter ID law. In a federal district court ruling, Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled there was “compelling evidence” that Senate Bill 14, enacted in 2013, was passed with the intent to discriminate against minority […]