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Cramming for Election Day: Monday’s Show (November 2, 2015)

Posted on · Election day is tomorrow (Nov. 3, 2015), and voters across Greater Houston will go to the polls to decide issues like the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which mayoral candidates will likely head to a runoff, city council races and term limits for council members. On this edition of Houston Matters, we help you cram for […]

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Area Colleges Prepare for Campus Carry

Posted on · In August of next year (Aug. 1, 2016), the state’s new campus carry law takes effect. Passed in the legislative session this past spring, it will allow those with concealed handgun permits (who are required to be 21 and older) to carry concealed weapons on some college campuses. Private schools have the ability to opt […]

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Radio Astronomy: Why ‘Listening’ to the Stars Matters

Posted on · In the 1997 film Contact, Jodie Foster plays astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway. She’s devoted her life to searching for proof of life on other planets. In a key scene, she’s lying on the windshield of her car, headphones on, listening to a distant star system the satellite farm behind her is pointed to. As the […]

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How Different Generations Talk About Race

Posted on · Each generation approaches conversations about race differently. Baby Boomers who lived through the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s see the world differently from Gen Xers, who grew up in a desegregated — but still in some ways disconnected and often unequal — society. Millennials live in a digital age in which seemingly everything is […]

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Sandra Bland’s Sister Discusses Lawsuit; Law Enforcement Expert Weighs In

Posted on · On Tuesday, the family of Sandra Bland filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety, a state trooper, two jailers and the Waller County Jail in connection with Bland's death while in jail custody following her July 10 arrest. Bland's family say they still haven't received enough answers about her death and […]

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Inside the Classroom: How a Program Brought a Teacher Back From Verge of Quitting

Posted on · Many teachers use the summer as a time to learn new tools for the next school year. For one teacher in south Houston, that meant a new way of managing her classroom. When Verlia Reed-Byrd first taught seventh grade English at Thomas Middle School in south Houston, she struggled so much that she considered quitting. […]

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With Texas Abortion Law on Hold, What Might Become of It at the Supreme Court?

Posted on · Late last month, and for a 2nd time, the U.S. Supreme Court put implementation of HB2 on hold. The High Court may now decide in its next term to hear a case challenging if the controversial legislation creates an undue burden for Texas women seeking abortions. House Bill 2, passed back in July of 2013, […]

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What’s Houston’s Political Identity?

Posted on · Texas is undeniably a conservative state, dominated in state offices by Republicans and largely on the national stage by far right-leaning figures. Yet, here in Houston, we seem to be a more bluish (or at least less red) dot, politically speaking. Are we, though, really so different from the rest of Texas, or do some […]

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Remembering the Houston Post, 20 Years After its Demise

Posted on · As longtime Houstonians know, this city was, for generations, a two newspaper town. Throughout the 20th century, the Houston Post rivaled the Houston Chronicle as the paper of record for Greater Houston. Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Post's demise. Today, we look back at the history and identity of the Post with […]

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Is Housing Segregation Happening in Houston?

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a lawsuit challenging decisions by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The department awarded tax credits for low-income housing in Dallas to encourage new affordable housing in blighted areas using race-neutral criteria. A group called the Inclusive Communities Project sued, saying the agency approved more applications in […]

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Political Roundup: Election Races Hit the Home Stretch

Posted on · With Election Day just over a week away, we have our final monthly political roundup. We talk with political scientists Paul Brace from Rice University and Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern about the final throes of the 2014 election campaign, and what, if anything, candidates can do in the final week before election day to […]

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Political Roundup: Gov. and Lt. Gov. Debate Previews

Posted on · Once a month, this fall, up until the November election, we’re discussing the latest developments in some of the major statewide political campaigns. Debates will take place this week in the races for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. We discuss what’s at stake for the major party candidates with political scientists Paul Brace from Rice University, […]

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Is Houston’s Recycling Program Racist?

Posted on · Texas Southern Professor Robert Bullard argues Houston has a long history of locating landfills and incinerators – and their pollution – in mostly African-American and Latino neighborhoods. Now, some worry history could repeat itself, as a result of the One Bin For All recycling program. On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear those concerns […]