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Full Show: Arkema Criminal Case, and Children’s Mental Health (Aug. 30, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We learn how commercial real estate investors see Harvey recovery as an opportunity. We learn about the potential precedents the Arkema criminal case could set. We discuss the mental health challenges that children face -- especially following a disaster like Harvey. And local author Caroline Leech talks about writing historical fiction for young adults.

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Full Show: When A Town Becomes A City, And The Texas Music Festival (June 7, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We reflect on the impact of James Byrd, Jr.'s murder, 20 years later. We learn what it would take for The Woodlands to become a city. We preview the annual Texas Music Festival. And Houston writer Chris Wise has a new book aimed at encouraging everyday people to write about their lives.

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Full Show: Church Security Seminars, And Navigating Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Some local pastors are holding workshops about better protecting their congregations from shootings. An expert helps us safely navigate all the organizations asking for donations on this Giving Tuesday. And Houston author James R. Hannibal travels the nation engaging kids in creative writing.

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Full Show: American Red Cross Response To Harvey, And Writer Rodrigo Hasbún (Sept. 8, 2017)

Posted on · On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn more about American Red Cross relief efforts in Greater Houston. Our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news. And writer Rodrigo Hasbún talks about his novel Affections.

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Irish Author Colm Tóibín Leaves ‘Brooklyn’ Behind to Write About Ancient Greece

Posted on · (Above: Irish novelist Colm Tóibín. Photo Courtesy: Jesse Costa/WBUR) Award-winning Irish author Colm Tóibín is probably best known for his novel Brooklyn, about an Irish girl who emigrates to New York. In 2015, it was turned into a movie starring Saorise Ronan. His latest novel, House of Names, is a departure from Brooklyn – and […]

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Inside Writefest with Houston Author Cassandra Rose Clark

Posted on · (Above: Houston writer Cassandra Rose Clarke. Image Courtesy: cassandraroseclarke.com) This week (March 6-12, 2017), Writespace hosts its second annual Writefest, a literary journal festival targeted at emerging writers. Cassandra Rose Clark, a Houston-area novelist known for her young adult and science-fiction works, is one of the Writefest coordinators, and she was recently featured on Dacia […]

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Writer Chanelle Benz on Her Collection ‘The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead’

Posted on · Chanelle Benz is a Houston resident and author of a collection of short stories called The Man Who Shot Out My Eye Is Dead. The stories span genres, time periods and voices. For instance, there’s a couple of westerns. There’s a story set in the 16th century and a spy drama, to name a few. […]

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Overtime Rules and Guns in Courthouses: 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. On this edition we discuss the […]

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African American-Owned Banks, and The Good, Bad and the Ugly: Friday’s Show (November 18, 2016)

Posted on · Black-owned banks have been in the news this year. It started when a rapper who goes by the name “Killer Mike” called on people to open accounts at a bank in Atlanta after police shootings of African-American men. There is only one black-owned bank in Texas, and it’s Unity National Bank in Houston’s Third Ward. CEO […]

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Private Eye Moonlights as Writer & Quilter

Posted on · LinMarie Garsee works as a private investigator — who just happens to write books and make quilts in her spare time. We learn how she combines those three pursuits. This segment was produced by Abner Fletcher. (Above: Private investigator, writer and quilter LinMarie Garsee poses in front of one of her quilts. Image Courtesy Facebook)