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What Firefighting, Body Building and Writing Have in Common

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series concludes today with Chris Cander. Her latest novel is called Whisper Hollow, but before she was a writer, she led several different lives. She worked […]

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Bill King Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (September 1, 2015)

Posted on · On Tuesdays through Sept. 22, 2015, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the City of Houston. We continue on this edition with former Kemah mayor and Houston Chronicle columnist Bill King. The Houston native is an attorney and businessman. He served two terms as mayor of […]

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Summer Reading: The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Houston native Scott Wilbanks. He tells Michael Hagerty about his debut novel, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster.  The novel employs  magical realism […]

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Marty McVey Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (August 25, 2015)

Posted on · On Tuesdays through Sept. 22, 2015, on Houston Matters we’re offering you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the city of Houston. We continue on this edition with Houston area businessman Marty McVey.  In 2011, the private equity investor was appointed by the Obama administration to serve […]

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Ben Hall Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s Show (August 18, 2015)

Posted on · For the next several Tuesdays on Houston Matters, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the city of Houston. We continue on this edition with Ben Hall. He’s a former city attorney who previously ran for mayor in 2013, losing to Annise Parker. […]

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Summer Reading: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Elizabeth Gregory, author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood. We look closer at why women are embracing having […]

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Chris Bell Mayoral Candidate Interview: Tuesday’s show (August 11, 2015)

Posted on · Starting today, and for the next several Tuesdays on Houston Matters, we offer you a chance to speak directly with the major candidates running to be the next mayor of the city of Houston. We start on this edition with Chris Bell. He’s a former City Council Member and former U.S. Congressman. He’s also an […]

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Summer Reading: Short Stories Tackle Everything from Racial Identity to Fast Food

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Tom Williams, author of a collection of short stories called Among the Wild Mulattos and Other Tales. Williams earned his Ph.D. in Literature […]

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Food Deserts Revisited and Importing Doctors: Tuesday’s show (July 28, 2015)

Posted on · Back in the summer of 2013, we examined food deserts in Houston – neighborhoods with a shortage of nearby access to fresh food. They tend to be in low income areas, where major grocery chains are sometimes unwilling or unable to open a store. The concern in 2013 was that 1 in 5 households in Harris […]

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Sleep and Sleep Disorders, and Allergies: Tuesday’s Show (July 21, 2015)

Posted on · On the road, at work, at school and at home — we, our friends, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones average less than seven hours of sleep each weekday. That’s a lot of sleep-deprived Houstonians. And we’re not just tired. We’re inattentive, less productive and it’s not good for us. That’s why every six months or so, […]

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Summer Reading: Short Stories Aim to Educate Houstonians About Life in Pakistan

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Saadia Faruqi, author of Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan. Faruqi has worked in Houston’s non-profit sector and has […]

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Houston’s Missing NHL Franchise: Tuesday’s Show (July 14, 2015)

Posted on · For the first time since 1997, the National Hockey League is considering expanding. Starting this month, the 30-team professional hockey league has begun accepting bids for new franchises. Houston would seem, on the surface, to be a natural choice – the fourth largest city in the country, the largest in North America without an NHL team, […]

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Summer Reading: Former Astro J.R. Richard’s Story of Redemption

Posted on · We all experience peaks and valleys in our lives. Great accomplishments, health scares, personal milestones, economic woes. Some years you’re up, others you’re down. But you’d be hard-pressed to find many Houstonians who have been on a rollercoaster ride to match J.R. Richard, a mainstay in the Houston Astros rotation throughout the 1970s and one […]

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Tropical Storm Bill: Tuesday’s Show (June 16, 2015)

Posted on · It has a name: Tropical Storm Bill. And it’s expected to make landfall on the Texas coast this morning and move inland throughout the day. A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Texas, from Baffin Bay south of Corpus Christi to High Island, up the coast from Galveston. The southern coast is where […]