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Policing Black Neighborhoods, and Revitalizing the Fifth Ward: Houston Matters Weekend for November 26, 2016

Posted on · Following fatal police shootings of black men captured on video in Louisiana and Minnesota, Robert Muhammad, a Nation of Islam representative and student minister, suggested a number of ways to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the black community, including more face-to-face contact, more community involvement and more de-escalation and tension-reduction training for officers. But […]

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Conversations We’re Thankful For: Tuesday’s Show (November 22, 2016)

Posted on · On today’s show we’re doing a sort of not-so-secret Santa. Members of the Houston Matters team drew each other’s names at random, and, throughout this hour, they’ll present examples of another producer’s work that they’re thankful for. To get things started, Michael Hagerty selected a recent conversation between Paige Phelps and Dr. Stephen Klineberg of the […]

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Houston Filmmaker Explores the Road Trip as a Vehicle for Self-Discovery

Posted on · The road trip movie is an American film institution. The open road is often where movie characters have gone to find themselves or discover new possibilities. Filmmaker and Sugar Land native Li Lu wanted the characters in her feature film debut to use the road to explore the need for downtime and the role it […]

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The Full Menu: The Best Places to Eat in Sugar Land

Posted on · On a recent edition of Houston Matters, we asked for your suggestions for future topics for the show. Several listeners requested we talk about food in areas outside of Houston’s inner loop. So, we put that idea to the trio of Houston food writers who collaborate to bring you our monthly food segment, The Full Menu, and […]

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Flood Relief, Blue Bell, and Red Light Cameras: Wednesday’s show (April 20, 2016)

Posted on · A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect in the Houston area until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, as some areas in Greater Houston may receive 2-to-4 more inches of rain (and perhaps more, depending on the speed of storms today and tonight). Meanwhile, the region is beginning to get a fuller picture of the damage wrought by the […]

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Slavery By Another Name: The History of Convict Leasing in Texas

Posted on · Rice University recently displayed a small exhibit on a subject of Texas history you may not be aware of: convict leasing – the use of prison labor right after the Civil War. Historians say it predominately affected African Americans. Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin reports on the past and present implications of the convict lease […]