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What Is Houston’s One True Nickname?

Posted on · Houston sure has a lot of nicknames. There is something inherently cool about a city that isn’t just one thing. Our city’s many nicknames reflect Houston’s connections to climate (the “Bayou City”), culture (“H-town”), industry (“Space City”) — even our openness a decade ago in taking in Hurricane Katrina evacuees (“The Big Heart”). Classy. We discuss the history and […]

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Remembering Katrina: Friday’s Show (August 28, 2015)

Posted on · Ten years ago this weekend, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast. On this edition of Houston Matters, we look back. We hear the accounts of Houston Chronicle photographers Melissa Phillip and Brett Coomer, recalling the lead-up to Katrina, the storm itself and the aftermath. They were at the New Orleans Superdome and the […]

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Why is Houston A Top Destination for the World’s Refugees?

Posted on · According to the Refugee Resettlement Program of Texas, last year the Lone Star state took in more than seven thousand refugees; more than two thousand found their way to Houston. Such refugees, persecuted in their homeland, have been given legal entrance to the United States. They come from homes they didn’t really want to leave, but […]