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Speeding Up the ‘Ike Dike’ Study, and the First African Americans at NASA: Tuesday’s Show (January 17, 2017)

Posted on · You’re probably familiar with the idea of the so-called “Ike Dike,” a proposed barrier to protect the Texas coast from storm surge in events like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the idea and should have its findings ready by June of 2018. But a recently passed federal law aims […]

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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Takes the Stage in Opera Form

Posted on · “You can’t make someone want to live, you can’t save their life… they have to save themselves, but you can make your presence known,” is one of the pivotal lessons of the classic holiday film It’s a Wonderful Life, according to composer Jake Heggie. Based on the 1946 Frank Capra movie of the same name (which […]

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The Year In Education, and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Opera: Tuesday’s Show (December 13, 2016)

Posted on · This week, we’re recapping this past year’s biggest news stories with our beat reporters, covering transportation, education, energy, politics, arts and culture and sports. Today, we explore the year in education. In January, Mike Morath started his role as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He’s a known advocate for school choice and previously served […]

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Tenor Michael Fabiano on the Flaws and Faith of ‘Faust’

Posted on · The German legend of Faust has provided inspiration for a multitude of artists. Perhaps the most famous version of the story comes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose play in two parts, Faust, was published in the early nineteenth century. From composers Berlioz to Schnittke, to writers Thomas Mann and Clive Barker, and even the writers of Marvel Comics, […]

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African-American Culture, Gardening, and Faust: Tuesday’s Show (November 1, 2016)

Posted on · In a couple of weeks, Houston will host a workshop called Preserving Communities of Color. The discussions will focus on case studies and available resources to preserve places that embody the African-American experience in America. The event comes a little over a month since the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture […]

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The Arts Venue Houston Deserved: Jones Hall Turns 50

Posted on · Fifty years ago today, on Oct. 3 1966, Houston’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts held its first concert, hosting the Houston Symphony – which still calls the hall home today. Other organizations have called it home over the years too, like the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet and Society for the Performing Arts. […]

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What Awaits in the New Season for Houston Performing Arts — A Preview of the Theater District Open House

Posted on · This Sunday (Aug. 28, 2016) from noon to 5 p.m. is the annual Theater District Open House, where Houston many theater and arts organizations showcase their upcoming seasons and allow patrons to get a behind-the-scenes view of how they operate. This week, Houston Public Media’s arts and culture team has been talking with folks from […]