Good, Bad and Ugly

Harris County Exonerations, and Houston’s Cost of Living: 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 weighs in on […]

Houston Matters

Surviving Wrongful Conviction

Posted on · Co-authors Nikki Pope and Courtney Lance recently came to Houston to promote their new book Pruno, Ramen and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction. It weaves in recipes with stories of men and women who were wrongfully convicted, and spent many years in prison for crimes that they didn’t commit. They recently […]

Full Show

Flood Relief, Blue Bell, and Red Light Cameras: Wednesday’s show (April 20, 2016)

Posted on · A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect in the Houston area until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, as some areas in Greater Houston may receive 2-to-4 more inches of rain (and perhaps more, depending on the speed of storms today and tonight). Meanwhile, the region is beginning to get a fuller picture of the damage wrought by the […]

Houston Matters

Why Were There So Many Criminal Exonerations in Harris County Last Year?

Posted on · An annual report from the National Registry of Exonerations reveals a record number of exonerations in the U.S. last year — 125 of them, in fact. That’s nearly a 40 percent increase over 2012 and 2013. Plus 33 of those exonerations came in drug cases in Harris County. Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Samuel Gross, […]

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Michael Morton: An Innocent Man’s 25-Year Journey from Prison to Peace

Posted on · In 1986, Michael Morton’s wife, Christine, was murdered in their home just outside Austin, while he was away at work. Morton quickly became the prime suspect in the case and was eventually convicted of the murder, despite not much physical evidence. He was sentenced to life in prison. Nearly 25 years later, after attorneys from […]