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Newspaper Endorsements and Welcoming Cities: Friday’s Show (August 12, 2016)

Posted on · Late last month, the Houston Chronicle editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Typically, newspapers wait until the days or weeks just before an election to make such an endorsement, but, as the Chronicle’s editorial outlining the decision stated, the paper made “an exception in the 2016 presidential race, because the choice between Hillary Clinton […]

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Police Shooting Data, Coastal Advisory Group and George W. Sways: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the 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 examines: A […]

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Political Roundtable and Video Game Music: Friday’s show (July 15, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off on Monday in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia later this month. On this edition of Houston Matters, we preview the conventions, and discuss other developments in politics with potential impact for Houston and Texas, with News 88.7 FM’s politics and government reporter Andrew […]

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Dan Patrick’s Tweet and Unruly Teens at a Water Park: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston 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 examines: A […]

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A Bleak Economic Outlook and a Street Brawl: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston 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 examines: The […]

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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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Airports, Biker Indictments and Reality TV: The Good, Bad & the Ugly of Houston 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 examines the […]

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Perry’s Charges Dismissed and ‘Alamo’ License Plates: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From charges against Rick Perry being dismissed, to a possible chilling effect in University of Houston classrooms because of campus carry, to the Battle for the Alamo (not the Battle of the Alamo — but an online auction for a Texas license plate bearing the word “Alamo”): we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this week’s […]

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The GOP Debate and Zombie Oil Companies: Friday’s Show (February 26, 2016)

Posted on · The 2016 presidential race came to Houston last night (Feb. 25, 2016), as the remaining Republican candidates squared off in a live televised debate on the University of Houston campus. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and businessman Donald Trump debated immigration, national security, taxes, and the Supreme […]

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Planned Parenthood Video Indictments: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week: some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. Each Friday, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all. Today, we ask panelists Lisa Falkenberg, Vlad Davidiuk and Fred Goodall to consider […]

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LGBT Workers in the Energy Sector: Friday’s Show (January 29, 2016)

Posted on · Times are uncertain for many folks in the oil and gas industry, with crude oil prices continuing to drop. But some LGBT workers say there’s always been plenty of uncertainty in the industry for them – and maybe more so now. That uncertainty was the subject of a recent article by the Houston Chronicle’s Jordan Blum, […]

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Abbott in Cuba and a Chocolate Wonderland: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. We ask our non-expert panel (Houston Chronicle writer Lisa Falkenberg, MochaDad.com blogger Fred Goodall, and Vladimir Davidiuk, Chairman of the College Republicans and Junior Senator in the Student Government Association at the University of St Thomas) to parse […]

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Storm Protection and Rothko Retrospective: Friday’s Show (December 4, 2015)

Posted on · Research from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is offering new solutions to better protect the Houston-Galveston region from the impact of future hurricanes and storms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with three researchers about the legal implications of the proposals, the costs and benefits of each, and how climate change […]

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Hempstead Landfill and STAAR Test Standards: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good, some of it bad, some of it downright ugly. We ask our non-expert panel (Houston Chronicle writer Lisa Falkenberg, MochaDad.com blogger Fred Goodall, and Vladimir Davidiuk, Chairman of the College Republicans and Junior Senator in the Student Government Association at the University of St Thomas.) to […]

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“You’re From Houston? I’m Sorry.” Friday’s Show (October 9, 2015)

Posted on · “You’re From Houston? I’m Sorry.” Maybe you’ve heard that phrase from a family member or a friend, or even a complete stranger, while visiting another part of the country — someone who, for some reason, has a negative impression of Houston, and feels it’s completely appropriate to express such a sentiment. Italian food and wine […]