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Uber & Lyft, Comparing Homosexuality to Alcoholism & Hidden Cash: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A vote is delayed on the fates of transportation services Uber and Lyft; Gov. Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism; and more teenagers are getting summer jobs: It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Wayne Ashley of the Texas Leftist; comedian Ty Mahany; and […]

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Pursuing Creative Careers, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Music Education: Houston Matters for Friday, June 13, 2014

Posted on · As we embark on our careers, we often receive conflicting advice: Pursue your passions, but have something to fall back on. Follow your dreams, but make sure you can pay the bills. Do what makes you happy, but you may have to sacrifice that happiness when it’s practical. Some career paths can lead to those […]

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NRA and Open Carry, iFest Bankrupt & Montrose Rollerblader: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · The NRA distanced itself from the Texas Open Carry movement (and then distanced itself from said distancing); Houston’s iFest is facing bankruptcy; and the Montrose Rollerblading Dancer is getting national attention: It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston news. This week’s panel of non-experts is comprised of: Mark Bennett (attorney and author of […]

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Day Trips, Good Bad and Ugly, and Texas Tenors: Houston Matters for Friday, June 6, 2014

Posted on · Day trips are a great way to get out and explore areas near Houston without packing a full bag. On this edition of Houston Matters, from smaller towns to national parks, we talk about some of the trips Houstonians can fit into a day. We welcome your suggestions, as we talk with Kristin Finan, author of […]

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Indian American Culture and Pairing Dogs with Veterans: Houston Matters for Friday, May 23, 2014

Posted on · India House, a meeting place for Indian Americans in Houston, estimates that more than 120,000 Indo-Americans live in Greater Houston. Just to put that number in context, when we had a recent discussion with the Norwegian and British consuls general, they estimated roughly 9,000 Norwegians and 50,000 Brits live here. So why is Houston such […]

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Equal Rights Delay, the Astrodome and a James Beard Award: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a delay (again) in the vote over the proposed Houston Equal Rights Ordinance; to a meeting of the minds (again) over the future of the Astrodome; to more non-recurring events like flat home sales and a James Beard Foundation award granted to a Houston chef: we take the week’s Houston news and turn it […]

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Brown v. Board Legacy, Astrodome Revisited, and Lyricist Tim Rice: Houston Matters for Friday, May 16, 2014

Posted on · Exactly 60 years ago tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education. The High Court ruled the concept of “separate, but equal” public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. The ruling led to desegregation nationwide. While the spirit of the Brown […]

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Drunk Driving, Graduation Speeches and a Pro Sports Drought: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From a report that says more kids die in drunk driving accidents in Texas than in any other state to entering a period of the year when there’s not much Houston sports to enjoy, we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s Houston news with our panel of non-experts. This week’s […]

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ADHD, a Pro Sports Drought, and the Art Car Parade: Houston Matters for Friday, May 9, 2014

Posted on · Many Houston kids contend with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. It’s typically diagnosed in children who struggle to focus, and are hyperactive and impulsive – symptoms that continue into adulthood for the majority of those diagnosed. Some parents and teachers worry ADHD is over-diagnosed, that some students medicated for attention deficit disorder don’t need to […]

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A Housing Shortage and a Blazers’ Fan Mocks Houston Recycling: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From selling the US Postal Service site downtown, to a shortage of housing in Houston, to a Portland Trailblazers fan mocking Houston’s lack of recycling: It’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston news. As we do every Friday, we talk with our rotating panel about the week’s news. This week we’re joined […]

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Cultural History and the Bayou City Food and Film Festival: Houston Matters for Friday, May 2, 2014

Posted on · Last month, the Houston school board voted unanimously to support teaching Mexican-American history and culture to more high school students. The resolution means the state’s largest school district wants the Texas Education Agency to include this kind of cultural class in the state’s new graduation plan. HISD Superintendent Terry Grier said in a statement that in […]

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Houston Matters’ Anniversary, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and an iFest Preview: Houston Matters for Friday, April 25, 2014

Posted on · One year ago Saturday, Houston Matters debuted on Houston Public Media News 88.7. On that first broadcast, we spoke with Houston Mayor Annise Parker, learned the results of 2013’s Kinder Houston Area Survey, and spoke with Houston Public Media reporters about the various aspects of the beats they cover which new arrivals to Houston should […]

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Preventing Elder Abuse, The Good The Bad and The Ugly & Record Store Day: Houston Matters for Friday, April 18, 2014

Posted on · As the population ages – and of course with all those baby boomers nearing retirement that we always hear about – elder abuse has become a growing issue nationwide and here in the Greater Houston. But what exactly is elder abuse? It can be anything from literal physical abuse to cashing an incapacitated loved one’s […]

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Teachers Cheating and The Astros Get a Zero Rating: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From recognition of online transparency from the Texas Comptroller’s office, to HISD’s findings in an investigation into cheating by teachers on high-stakes testing, to a recent Houston Astros’ TV broadcast garnering a 0.0 rating, we explore “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” of Houston news, with our rotating panel of “non-experts.” Joining us today: Business Makers radio host Russ Capper, Texas Leftist blogger […]

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Restorative Justice and The Good the Bad & the Ugly of Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, April 11, 2014

Posted on · A conference being held at the University of Houston tomorrow will focus on a program that educators say will keep more students in school. The program is called restorative justice, and it aims to resolve conflicts within the school by creating a dialogue between teachers and students. It’s meant to serve as an alternative to […]