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Genealogy Roadshow Explores Family Histories in Houston

Posted on · Houston is featured in the current season of the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow. The series bills itself as “part detective story, part emotional journey” as it researches and explores the family histories of diverse Americans. Tonight's episode (May 31, 2016 at 7 p.m. on TV 8) takes place downtown at the Houston Public Library’s Julia […]

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Houston Artists Honor Prince in Song

Posted on · Tonight (May 20, 2016) at 8:30, Houston Public Media, TV 8, will present a special edition of Skyline Sessions, featuring local artists performing the music of the late pop star Prince – and talking about how his music has affected them. To give you just a small sample of some of the performances, we now […]

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Your Ideas for Houston Matters: Friday’s Show (May 20, 2016)

Posted on · “This is Houston Matters, a weekly look at the people, places, issues and ideas affecting our lives here in Greater Houston…” That’s how we launched Houston Matters just over three years ago, on April 26, 2013. It was a simple, yet lofty notion: explore all that encompasses the Greater Houston region. Of course, we ramped […]

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Remembering Counselor and TV Personality John Bradshaw

Posted on · On Sunday (May 8, 2016), author, counselor, motivational speaker and TV personality John Bradshaw died. The Houston native wrote a half-dozen books and appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, including a popular limited-run series on PBS called The Eight Stages of Man and Bradshaw On: The […]

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Actor Sean Patrick Flanery Pens Novel About Growing Up Near Houston

Posted on · Sean Patrick Flanery, an actor you might know from his roles as Young Indy in the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and his roles in The Boondock Saints, Dexter and Powder, first fell in love with the stage while attending Houston’s University of St. Thomas. He’s also a writer, having penned his first novel, called Jane […]

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The 1st-Ever Houston Matters Spelling Bee

Posted on · This Saturday (April 2, 2016), Houston Public Media will hold its annual Spelling Bee on TV 8, in which the area's best 12-14 year old spellers will compete for a chance to represent the Houston region in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. For a (much, much shorter) preview of the competition, we pit Craig […]

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Husband and Wife Trade the Operating Room for a Glass Blowing Studio

Posted on · Not everyone has the experience of working alongside their spouse. But a Houston couple has done just that – two different times. We meet husband-and-wife team Dick Moeil and Kathy Poeppel, who once worked together in the medical profession and who now operate their own glass blowing studio, Houston Studio Glass. Their interview was produced […]

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Artists Remapping American History

Posted on · Maybe it's been awhile since you've used an actual paper map – unless you're just not a smartphone person. But nonetheless, maps and roads are a big part of American iconography. And that iconography is also a big part of the work of artists Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin. For example, they'll painstakingly cut out […]

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Whatever Fest Showcases a Little Bit of, Well…Whatever

Posted on · Houston Whatever Fest — the two-day music, comedy and art showcase – is this weekend (Nov. 21-22), featuring musical acts like Ghostland Observatory and Metric, along with comedians like TJ Miller and Doug Benson. Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse caught up with founder Jason Price at Warehouse Live and asked him to explain what exactly […]

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Mini Murals Spring Up on Houston’s Traffic Light Boxes

Posted on · If you’ve been waiting at a stoplight in southwest Houston recently, maybe you’ve noticed one of several small murals painted on the utility box that controls the traffic signal. Thirteen local artists were commissioned to treat 31 different signal boxes as their blank canvases, across Houston’s City Council District K. The first wave of these […]

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True South: The Story Behind the Latest Sculptures Along Heights Blvd.

Posted on · Perhaps you were among the many who strolled down Heights Boulevard last year and posed for a picture in one of the over-sized lawn chairs on the esplanade. Well, the chairs were just one of many sculptures that comprised a public art exhibit called True North. Now, you may have noticed there are more sculptures: […]

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Kids Become Superheroes to Fight Summer Boredom at Children’s Museum

Posted on · Boredom can often be a problem for kids during the summer months. Kids also love superheroes. What do those two things have to do with each other? Well, kids can get the chance to create their own superheroes, suit up and battle the evil villain Dr. Boredom this summer at the Children’s Museum of Houston‘s […]