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Technology to speed up 911 response time, and UH coach Kelvin Sampson (April 5, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Missouri City uses new technology to improve 911 response times, City Council Member Mike Knox answers questions about issues facing the city, UH men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson talks about the Cougars' last two NCAA tournament runs, and we talk with Sean Carey of the band Bon Iver.

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UH in the Elite Eight, and closing the state’s oyster harvest (March 25, 2022)

Posted on · On Friday's show: Another grand jury declines to indict Deshaun Watson, the UH Cougars' run in the NCAA tournament, a unanimous decision in a Supreme Court case stemming from Houston, and why Texas has closed nearly all of the state’s public oyster reefs for harvesting.

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The Pros And Cons Of Working Remotely — Permanently (March 29, 2021)

Posted on · On Monday's show: Vaccine availability expands across the state, the pros and cons of working remotely for good, what differentiates Texas Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Mex-Mex food, and an update on sports.

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Full Show: Holiday Traditions, And The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of 2017 (Dec. 22, 2017)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We recall a historic basketball game between UH and UCLA. We invite listeners to tell us about their favorite holiday traditions. We discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of 2017. And we bring you a special Houston edition of the classic tale ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

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UH Names Applewhite its New Coach

Posted on · The University of Houston named Major Applewhite its next head football coach, promoting from within instead of seeking out another big name who might leave in a year or two. Plus the Texans defeated the Colts in Indianapolis to take sole possession of first place in the AFC South, and the Rockets reached a new […]

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The Year in Transportation, Ask the Vet, and UH’s New Coach: Monday’s Show: (December 12, 2016)

Posted on · It happened in a flash — 2016 is almost in the books. It’s been a busy year for Greater Houston, so we’re taking some time this week to recap this past year's biggest developments with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics and arts & culture and sports. On this edition of Houston Matters, […]

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UH to UT: Tom Herman Headed to Texas

Posted on · University of Houston coach Tom Herman is leaving the Cougars to take the helm at the University of Texas. And the Texans lost at home to the San Diego Chargers Sunday 21-13. We discuss those and other developments in Houston sports with Jeff Balke of Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine.

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Escaping Cuba, and the Last Mile of Your Commute: Monday’s Show (November, 28 2016)

Posted on · With the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, we thought we'd take time on this edition of Houston Matters to tell the story of a Houstonian whose life was directly affected by Castro's rise to power. As a teenager, Lorenzo Martinez was evacuated in secret from Cuba in the 1960s. What Martinez didn't know […]

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Mexican American Studies Textbook Vote, and Pet Peeves: Monday’s Show (November, 21 2016)

Posted on · On Friday (Nov. 18, 2016), the Texas State Board of Education unanimously rejected a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook that would have been used in public schools. The book, titled Mexican American Heritage, received a lot of criticism from academics and activists who argued the book was rife with many inaccuracies and stereotypes. On today’s show, […]

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The Cougars Stumble as the Texans and Rockets Prepare

Posted on · SMU upset the UH Cougars 38-16 in college football Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016). We discuss what went wrong for the now 6-2 Cougars with Jeff Balke, who writes for the Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine, and joins us most Mondays to discuss developments in Houston sports. We also turn our attention to tonight’s Monday Night […]

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Big 12 Decision and Law School Dispute: The Good, Bad & Ugly of This Week’s News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week's news, we turn to our rotating panel of "non-experts" to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, our panel weighs in […]