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Flying Drones for College Credit at UH

Posted on · (Above: A drone hovers overhead as University of Houston students prepare to shoot video for a class project. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)They’re filming a remake of The Fast and the Furious movies on the University of Houston campus. Well, sort of. Instead of Dodge Chargers and Corvettes, they’re using golf carts. And instead […]

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How Emerging Technology is Changing the Way We Experience Sports

Posted on · We’re just days away from Houston being the focus of the sports world when, of course, the city hosts Super Bowl 51. So it’s fitting that on Tuesday (Jan. 31, 2017) the University of Houston hosts a summit on sports and media. Leaders in the sports communication industry will converge to discuss how new and […]

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Economic Impact of the Super Bowl: Tuesday’s Show (January 31, 2017)

Posted on · A new study commissioned by the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee says Super Bowl 51 will bring in $350 million for the city. We talk with Ken McGill, managing director of Rockport Analytics, the research firm behind the study, about how they calculated that amount, where the money is going, and what the Super Bowl means […]

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Apollo One 50th Anniversary: Friday’s Show (January 27, 2017)

Posted on · Today (Jan. 27, 2017) marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo One fire. Three astronauts died when a flash fire occurred during a launchpad test of the command module, which would’ve been used in the first manned mission of the Apollo program. The accident took the lives of Command Pilot Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward […]

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Houston Has its Own College Class All About Tacos

Posted on · You might have stumbled across an article or two last week about a University of Kentucky course on “taco literacy.” The class offers students a chance to learn about food and culture in a largely Latino area of Lexington. Well, it turns out, Houston has its own class on tacos with similar goals. Instructor Temple Northup, associate […]

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UT Expansion in Houston, and Teaching Tacos: Thursday’s Show (February 11, 2016)

Posted on · According to the University of Texas, which has purchased more than 300 acres in southwest Houston, the University of Houston has declined UT’s invitation to be part of a task force to plan how the land may be used. UH officials aren’t happy about UT’s planned expansion into Houston, which UT characterizes as an opportunity to […]

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What’s Behind Some People’s Distrust of Authority?

Posted on · Egged on by the echo chambers of social media, cable news, and commercial talk radio, some Houstonians regularly perceive authority figures as threats to their personal freedom. They doubt law enforcement, statesmen, doctors – once-respected figures – by default. Consider this recent example: When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed Senate Bill 359, which granted Texas […]

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UH Study: News May Influence Racial Bias

Posted on · Does what we see or read in the news influence our subconscious feelings about race? A new study from the University of Houston suggests as much. We learn more from the study’s co-author, UH Assistant Professor of Communication Temple Northup. His article “Effects of Long-Term Exposure to News Stereotypes on Implicit and Explicit Attitudes” was […]

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Revisiting Houston’s Image Problem: Monday’s Show (June 8, 2015)

Posted on · Just over a year ago, the Greater Houston Partnership launched a branding campaign to encourage Millennials to move to Houston. Is it working? And what other efforts are underway to bring people here to visit – or to stay? On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn about official efforts to sell Houston’s image across the […]

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Professor Calls for More Discussion of Suicide on Campus

Posted on · For college students, suicide is the second leading cause of death, after traffic accidents. That’s according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Two suicides of University of Houston students in recent months prompted communication professor Temple Northup to write a Houston Chronicle article calling for more discussion of the issue on campus. Northup joins […]

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How to Keep Technology from Taking Over Your Life

Posted on · On this Halloween, we discuss the gadgets that haunt our world today. Technology is everywhere. So much so, in fact, that some really struggle to untether from their smart phones and laptops and desktops and downloads, social media, streaming services, Blue tooth, GPS…and so on. How do we ensure, in 2014 Houston, we use technological gadgets […]

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Do You Know a Healthy Product from an Unhealthy One?

Posted on · Are you more likely to buy a food product when its label says certain health-related buzzwords like “antioxidants” or “gluten free?” And could you pick out a healthy product from an unhealthy one — just from looking at the nutrition information? A new study conducted at the University of Houston attempts to answer those questions […]

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Mayors, Food Marketing, and Spanish Language Media: Houston Matters for Monday, June 23, 2014

Posted on · The 82nd annual meeting of the US Conference of Mayors wraps up today in Dallas. The organization of mayors from cities with populations of 30 thousand or more meets each year to discuss and vote on resolutions on issues ranging from education to the economy to energy, housing, immigration and beyond. On this edition of […]