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Full Show: The Future Of Houston’s Workforce, And Life On A Boys Ranch (May 1, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss the reliability of Texas' energy grid and consider the challenges facing Houston's workforce. Then, a former Congressman talks about growing up on a boys ranch. And a new book tells the story of the 2017 Astros against the backdrop of Hurricane Harvey and illustrates what the championship meant for the city.

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Do Houston’s Workplaces Reflect the City’s Diversity?

Posted on · (Above: Panelists discuss diversity in the workforce (L-R): Bruce Ruzinsky, partner and chair of the diversity committee at the Jackson Walker law firm; Ivette Mayo, president of Yo Soy I Am, LLC; and Dennis Kennedy, founder of the National Diversity Council. Photo: Derek Stokely | Houston Public Media) The Greater Houston region is well-known for […]

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Whats Houston’s Economic and Developmental Plan for The Future?

Posted on · In previous programs we’ve discussed Plan Houston, the first general plan the city has ever undertaken. The city has high hopes of using the plan to guide it for decades. Some of the plan’s bullet points include broad aspirations such as having “a thriving local arts and creative community” and “a skilled and talented workforce.” Then […]

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Is a Liberal Arts Education Still Relevant in Today’s Economy?

Posted on · Once upon a time, if you got a college degree you could feel pretty confident you’d get a job somewhere doing something. But times have changed. Lately we’ve heard about the need for more technical degrees or vocational training to meet the nation’s workforce needs. In that climate, how do you justify getting a liberal […]

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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 – he […]

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What Will Advances in Technology Mean for Our Future Workforce?

Posted on · What are the most probable technological changes that’ll happen over the next decade? Rice University is hosting a symposium today (Oct. 12, 2016) addressing that question. The event is framed by a study that looks at how technology will impact the future of multiple industries, including shipping and energy. Technology Outlook 2025 is a report that […]