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What Texas has gotten in return for security initiatives at the border (April 22, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: In recent years, Texas has launched numerous costly initiatives aimed at securing the U.S.-Mexico border. But what has Texas gotten in return for those measures? Plus, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week and learn about the new BIPOC Book Festival.

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Russian cyber threats to the energy grid, and Richard Linklater’s love letter to Houston and the space race (April 1, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Experts believe Russian hackers are looking for ways to disrupt Texas energy infrastructure, filmmaker Richard Linklater talks about growing up in Houston during the space race and his new film Apollo 10 1/2, and we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

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Dealing With Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells, And Helping Artists Of Color (Sept. 30, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: Understanding a power grid winterization loophole for natural gas companies, dealing with the problem of abandoned oil and gas wells, and financial help for artists of color.

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Could Casino Gambling Ever Be Legal In Texas? (May 7, 2021)

Posted on · On Friday's show: An update on key bills in the legislature, why lobbyists from Las Vegas are descending on the Texas Capitol, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week, and a switchboard operator of sorts for calls to astronauts in space.

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The Prospects Of Returning To ‘Normal By Summer’ (April 12, 2021)

Posted on · On Monday's show: Hopes of things returning to "normal by summer" regarding the pandemic, state regulators defending the oil and gas industry they oversee, a former ERCOT official reflects on problems within the agency, and an update on Houston sports.

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How The New Year Might Play Out For Oil And Gas (Feb. 4, 2021)

Posted on · On Thursday's show: How 2021 might play out for oil and gas and therefore Houston’s economy, a look at how the state budget is shaping up, and answers to your questions about sleep.

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Umair Shah On Departing Harris County Public Health (Nov. 18, 2020)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The county's top public health official explains why he's leaving the job, and we learn about the extra precautions Texas universities are taking in the face of increasing cases of COVID-19.

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Tuesday’s Show: How A State Takeover Of HISD Would Work, And Practicing Haitian Vodou (Dec. 3, 2019)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We examine the history of the Port Neches chemical plant where explosions and a fire occurred last week. An expert walks us through how the impending state takeover of the HISD board might work. A bug expert answers your questions. And we meet a local practitioner of the Haitian Vodou religion.

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Full Show: Vetting Sources In Breaking News, And Plans To Eliminate Student Debt (July 1, 2019)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: How news organizations vet their sources during breaking news, how plans to eliminate student debt might work, a firsthand account of the situation at the Texas-Mexico border, and an update on Houston sports.