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Dr. Stephen Klineberg: Lessons from 30 Years Studying a Changing Houston

Posted on · For 34 years, Rice University sociologist Dr. Stephen Klineberg has examined the Greater Houston region’s economic and demographic transformations and recorded how area residents respond to them in the Kinder Houston Area Survey. There’s really no other research program quite like it anywhere in the country. To discuss what it can tell us about Houston’s […]

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The First-Ever Houston Matters Road Show: Monday’s Show (September 14, 2015)

Posted on · Houston Matters recently (Aug. 18, 2015) took a trip to the Energy Corridor to record a special edition of the show in front of a live audience at the Holiday Inn Houston West. Crude oil prices are at a six year low, contributing to oil company layoffs and bankruptcies over the last year. And yet, […]

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The 34th Houston Area Survey (Encore): Wednesday’s show (July 15, 2015)

Posted on · Houston Matters was preempted on July 15, 2015 so that News 88.7 FM could bring you President Obama’s news conference. For the 7:00 p.m. rebroadcast, we presented an encore of our discussion with Dr. Stephen Klineberg about the latest Houston Area Survey from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. It’s the nation’s longest-running study […]

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What Does the 2015 Klineberg Study Tell Us About Houston?

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 as we speak with its author and institute co-founder […]

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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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Hazlewood Act, Missing Persons, and Chris Field: Tuesday’s show (February 3, 2015)

Posted on · The Hazlewood Act in Texas provides veterans (and some children of veterans) exemptions from some tuition and fee charges at public colleges and universities here. It’s awarded regardless of financial need. But historically, it has required the veteran to be a resident of Texas at enlistment. That wasn’t the case for Keith Harris. He enlisted […]

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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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33rd Kinder Area Survey, Houston as a Health Care Hub, and Houston Improv: Houston Matters for Thursday, April 24, 2014

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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How Does Where You Live in Houston Affect Your Health?

Posted on · We talk with Stephen Klineberg about Rice's Houston Area Health Survey, which examines the connection between health insurance and perceived wellness, and the role factors ranging from income to age to education to ethnicity to even the neighborhood you live in may have on your health and well-being.

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Mayor Annise Parker and Others Weigh in on the State of the City

Posted on · For 32 years, Rice University’s Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey has tracked the social and political landscape of Houston. This year's survey is out, and it has some compelling things to say about Houstonians’ attitudes on issues ranging from immigration to gun control to same sex marriage and beyond. We spoke to the author of […]

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KUHF Conversations: Stephen Klineberg On Houston’s Attitude Toward Income Inequality and Government Help vs. Cutting The Deficit

Posted on · One of the more notable findings of this year's Houston Area Survey is the significant increase in the percentage of people who agree with the suggestion that the government should help narrow the income gap between the rich and poor. But, at the same time, people are sharply divided between the need for government programs, and the need to reduce the federal debt. Rice University sociology professor and Kinder Institute for Urban Research Stephen Klineberg and KUHF's David Pitman continue their conversation on this year's survey results.

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KUHF Conversations: Stephen Klineberg On Houston’s Generational Attitude Shift

Posted on · After three decades of conducting the Houston Area Survey, Rice University sociology professor Stephen Klineberg says there's been a permanent attitude shift on some of the most contentious social issues of our time. In the first of a two-part series of conversations on this year's findings of the Houston Area Survey, Klineberg talks with David Pitman about how some attitudes have changed, while others remain the same.