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Our Nation’s History with Debt: Former Mayor Bill White Discusses His New Book

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bill White discusses his new book, America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse. The book discusses the different times in our nation’s history when our national debt spiked, how those spikes in debt were handled, how things are being done differently today, and what that could all mean for our future. White served […]

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Indie Bookstores Thrive By Becoming Community Centers for Readers

Posted on · This weekend, Houston’s Brazos Bookstore celebrates its 40th anniversary with a slate of events. As more of us turn to e-books and online booksellers, traditional bricks-and-mortar bookstores have had to adapt. We discuss how indie bookstores in Houston are re-inventing themselves as essentially community centers for readers with Jeremy Ellis of Brazos Bookstore and Valerie Koehler of Blue Willow Bookshop.

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Reserve Pits, Houston’s Health, Indie Bookstores & Birding: Houston Matters for Wed., April 2, 2014

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment, about concerns related to what are known as “reserve pits” on drilling sites. These pits are dug on the site of a drilling rig and filled with waste that comes out of oil wells […]

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How Does News Coverage Affect Our Perception of Crime in Houston?

Posted on · If you watch a local newscast in Houston, plenty of the half-hour will surely be devoted to crime. And that’s pretty typical in a major city. But how crime is covered by media here affects our perceptions of crime. We’ll discuss that with Mike O’Neill, an Executive Producer at KHOU CBS 11, Wayne Dolcefino, a […]

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Magnet Programs, Media’s Coverage of Crime, and a Song for Houston: Houston Matters for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Posted on · On past programs, we’ve explored a variety of alternative forms of education, from Montessori schools to dual language programs. We’ve talked about efforts to focus education on preparing students for STEM careers – jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. Many public schools throughout Greater Houston offer specialized curriculum. They’re what are known as magnet […]

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Is Houston the Starting Point for the Next Great American Writers?

Posted on · The University of Houston’s MFA program in creative writing is one of the more prestigious programs in the country. And that may be just one of several reasons Houston might be an attractive starting point for the next generation of American writers. To discuss whether Houston plays a role in shepherding young writers, we’re joined […]

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Singer Steve Tyrell Returns Home, Talks About His Influences

Posted on · Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell has spent over four decades in the music business, achieving success as a performer, producer, songwriter and music supervisor. Tyrell has produced hits for Grammy-winning Artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, to Rod Stewart and Diana Ross. Steve himself has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and gained a […]

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What’s Houston’s Contribution to the Rap World?

Posted on · The Houston rap scene has now been well documented in two books, Houston Rap and Houston Rap Tapes, which feature photos by Peter Beste and interviews and oral histories collected by writer Lance Scott Walker. Walker joins us to discuss the project and Houston’s influence on the rap world.

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Artful Thursday with Core Performance Company

Posted on · February's Artful Thursday at the Museum of Fine Arts is presented in conjunction with the current exhibit Georges Braque: a retrospective. Members of Core Performance Company will perform new choreography accompanied by music of Erik Satie, Johann Sebastian Bach and others. Houston Public Media's Eric Ladau spoke with Sue Schroeder, Artistic Director of Core about the program titled "Beauty as Braque: Volume*Line*Mass*Weight".

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Houston Student Receives National Award for Creating Literacy Program

Posted on · We learn about a literacy program called Reading Aces, which helps kids improve their learning skills and foster a love of reading. The organization was founded by Houston’s Brette Machiorlette, who was a sophomore at Lamar High School at the time. In January, Nickolodeon gave her its first HALO Effect award, which recognizes one deserving teen every month […]

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Waking Up in India With No Idea Who You Are Or How You Got There

Posted on · In October of 2002, 28-year-old David MacLean found himself at a train station in India with no idea of who he was or why he was there. After a series of medical tests, MacLean would learn that his episode of amnesia was caused by an antimalarial drug, called Lariam. These are just a few discoveries […]

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African Americans of Houston – a Pictorial History

Posted on · In his new book, African Americans of Houston, author Ronald Goodwin explores Houston’s black community, past and present. The book presents photographs and descriptions that offer examples of people and places within Houston that made significant contributions to African American culture here. We spoke with Goodwin about the challenges of encapsulating a community and a […]