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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 […]

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Houston Libraries Adapt for the Digital Age

Posted on · The Houston Public Library last week announced it’s making available thousands of audiobooks, movies and music titles for free borrowing and streaming online and on mobile devices. It’s a reminder that libraries are much different places today than they once were – or, at least, what we may have once perceived them to be. You […]

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Houston and Texas As Literary Inspiration

Posted on · Poet Ange Mlinko acknowledges that the east coast is the epicenter of the American literary world. However, the author and professor at the University of Houston’s esteemed Graduate Program in Creative Writing says Texas and Houston are fertile ground for literary inspiration. The Lone Star State and the Bayou City have inspired some of Mlinko’s work. […]

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Perfecting Your Craft…of Being a Disgruntled Elf

Posted on · For the sixth straight year, Actor Todd Waite reprises his role as Crumpet, the irreverent elf at Santaland inside Macy’s in New York. The one-many show, The Santaland Diaries, is based on the essay of the same name by humorist David Sedaris — a  piece originally heard on NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992. You’d think […]

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The Hoggs: Getting to Know One of Texas’ Most Famous Families

Posted on · They’re one of those famous families here in Texas. They’ve made significant contributions to Houston history and culture. And yet, there’s a lot you may not know about the Hogg family. We’ll talk with Virginia Bernhard, author of the book The Hoggs of Texas. Bernhard is Professor Emerita of History at the University of St. […]