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Actor Sean Patrick Flanery Pens Novel About Growing Up Near Houston

Posted on · Sean Patrick Flanery, an actor you might know from his roles as Young Indy in the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and his roles in The Boondock Saints, Dexter and Powder, first fell in love with the stage while attending Houston’s University of St. Thomas. He’s also a writer, having penned his first novel, called Jane […]

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Writers League Helps Texas Authors Get Published

Posted on · Maybe your bucket list includes writing a novel. But where can writers and aspiring authors go in Greater Houston to connect with other writers to learn how to pen that novel or to get published? Well, for 35 years, that place has been the Writers’ League of Texas. The organization, while based in Austin, has […]

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How to Write a Heartfelt Love Letter

Posted on · Wanting to do something a little different for your loved one this Valentine’s Day? Elizabeth White-Olsen, founding director of Writespace, gives the basics on writing a love letter. Writespace is also hosting an event this Valentine’s Day featuring wine, chocolate, and romantic readings by Houston romance writers.

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Up Close With Houston’s First-Ever Youth Poet Laureate

Posted on · For the past two and a half weeks, Andrew White has had a secret. That's because the senior at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts was chosen to be Houston's first-ever youth poet laureate – but he wasn't allowed to tell anyone until the news was announced last week (Nov. 12, 2015) […]

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Industry and the Environment: Tuesday’s Show (October 6, 2015)

Posted on · On today’s Houston Matters, we examine a pair of developments involving industry and the environment in Houston. First, it's been nearly a year since four workers died in a toxic gas leak at the DuPont chemical plant in La Porte. Last week, federal investigators presented their findings. Houston Matters' Maggie Martin discusses the report with […]

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What Will Houston Be Like in 30 Years?

Posted on · MORE: Your Predictions for the Houston of 2045 30 years ago this past weekend, Back to the Future opened in theaters here in Houston and across the country. The film, and its subsequent sequels, tells the tale of Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveling back and forth through time in a tricked-out DeLorean. First, Marty […]

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C-Sections and Medical Information Overload: Thursday’s show (April 23, 2015)

Posted on · Dr. Donald Prough, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at UTMB Health, is currently testing a new technology he hopes will cut down on the number of Caesarean section deliveries being performed today. Since 1985, the World Health Organization has recommended no more than 10 to 15 percent of live births be performed via C-section. […]

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Houston Poet Melissa Studdard Discusses Rediscovering Her Love for Writing

Posted on · Recently Houston poet Melissa Studdard read some of her work as a part of The Public Poetry Reading Series at Houston Public Library. Studdard’s debut poetry collection, I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast, was released last fall by Saint Julian Press. She’s written novels, won the International Book Award and teaches at Lone Star College-Tomball. […]

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State of the Union and Early Literacy: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

Posted on · President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night. He covered a wide range of issues, many of which are especially relevant to Houston and Texas. As a new, Republican-controlled Congress looked on, the President reiterated veto threats should Congress “put the security of families at risk by taking away their health […]

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How Prevalent Is Plagiarism in the Media and the Classroom?

Posted on · CNN host, author and columnist Fareed Zakaria was accused recently of plagiarizing articles for several publications, including the Washington Post, which says it’s adding editor’s notes to four of his columns online. The Post is the fifth news organization to conclude work published by Zakaria appears to have attribution problems. But he’s not the only […]

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Is Writing Becoming a Lost Art?

Posted on · Are we losing our ability to turn a phrase? Will this continue as technology renders letter writing anachronistic? We discuss how our writing skills are changing and how that’s manifested in today’s students. Our guests include: Louisa Meacham, a 9th-grade English teacher at Davis High School; University of Houston professor Dr. Jesse Rainbow; and Robin […]

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Immigration Reform and La Porte Chemical Leak Deaths: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Posted on · Amid an incoming GOP majority in the U.S. Senate, we’re learning the Obama administration is poised to lift the threat of deportation for millions of people who have entered the country illegally. Some argue such a move would be an executive overreach. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss whether, amid the changing winds […]