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HISD Superintendent and A-List Concerts: Houston Matters for Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Posted on · For the last five years, Terry Grier has served as the Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest public school district in the nation, and the largest in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, in advance of a new school year, we welcome your questions for Superintendent Grier about public education […]

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Singles, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Melding Classical and Hip-Hop: Houston Matters for Friday, July 11, 2014

Posted on · According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Harris County has added 240 thousand residents since just 2010. And many of those new Houstonians (making this one of the fastest-growing communities in the country) are single. And as what constitutes Greater Houston covers a whole lot of territory, we end up with a lot of single […]

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Firefighter Contract, DeLay in Court & Great White Sharks: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From firefighters rejecting a new contract, to Tom DeLay’s latest day in court, to scientists tracking a great white shark headed our way, we explore “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in this week’s news. Our panelists this week include: Texas Originals Producer Paul Pendergraft, Houston comedian Ty Mahany, and Fred Goodall, author of […]

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Safety in Houston, the Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Xanadu on Stage: Houston Matters for Friday June 20, 2014

Posted on · How do you determine where Houston is a safe place to live, work or walk around? A 2013 poll conducted by Gallup-Healthways Well Being Index said that 63 percent of Houstonians feel safe. That’s lower than the national average of 72 percent. And according to the Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey, crime as a number one […]

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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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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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Weird Houston, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Houston’s Chess Scene: Houston Matters for Friday, March 21, 2014

Posted on · Every city has its quirks. Some have more than others. We’ve long heard that Austin has – and flaunts – a reputation for being the quirky capital of Texas. But Houston brings its own bits of weirdness too. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your examples of Houston’s quirkiness. From the big air bubble […]

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Women in Religion, Tango Time, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly in Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, February 14, 2014

Posted on · Women have played key roles in faith-based communities as long as they have existed. In recent years, that leadership has been formalized. More congregations today are led by women. Here in Houston, women are Reverends and Rabbis, hold leadership roles in interfaith organizations. And yet, some sects of some religions still hold to long-standing, traditional […]

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Is Houston on the A-List? Plus Rod Rice Retires & The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Houston News: Houston Matters for Friday, January 17, 2014

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we take up the notion of Houston as an “A-list” city, in terms of concerts and performing arts, the sports world, and among foodies. As a city “up there” with other major cities in those specific worlds. Do the top performers make a point of touring here? Do we present […]

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What’s It Take to Be Funny in Houston? Comedians & Improv Artists Discuss

Posted on · We all need a good laugh now and then. But does Houston have enough chuckles to offer six million plus people the punch lines they covet? We’ll talk with a panel of Houston-area comedians about stand-up, improv comedy, and other signs of laughter in H-town. Our panel includes: Comedian Ty Mahany; veteran stand up Andy […]

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Addressing Drunk Driving, Houstonians Respond to Typhoon Haiyan, & Houston’s Comedy Scene: Houston Matters for Wed., Dec. 11, 2013

Posted on · Cities like Chicago and New York don’t have the same numbers of drunk driving incidents and arrests as we have here in Houston. Of course, those cities, though much larger, have more extensive mass transit. Chicago has the “L” – a popular elevated train system. And New York City has its own subway system. But could there be more to […]

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Houston and Mandela, Houston’s Performing Arts, and Facial Hair Clubs: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Posted on · Tributes continue to pour in around the world in remembrance of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. Houstonians are, of course, among those Mandela touched in his life. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll share what some have to say about the man, and what he said about how he […]

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Houston Matters for Fri., Nov. 15, 2013

Posted on · As Houstonians hit the road in a couple weeks to travel in and out of town, visiting family and friends over Thanksgiving, this seems like an excellent time to be reminded of some of the rules of the road on Houston’s highways and byways. It’s an especially good time to freshen up on what to do and […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, October 25, 2013

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss some lesser known or underappreciated events in Greater Houston history, in advance of the Houston History Book Fair and Symposium. At that event next month, some two dozen authors will discuss their work, and highlight what intrigues them about Houston’s history. Topics will range from the first […]