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Union Management, Reza Aslan, and Loudon Wainwright III: Houston Matters for Friday, September 19, 2014

Posted on · Recently, Bryan Sky-Eagle abruptly resigned from his role heading up the firefighter’s union here in Houston, expressing fear for his safety, saying he’d been threatened by his own fellow firefighters. In light of the resignation, we discuss the challenges inherent in leading the rank and file in a union with Ron Turner, a Professor of […]

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Abortion, Remembering Joe Sample, and Frontier Jazz Orchestra: Houston Matters for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Posted on · Abortion rights supporters and opponents in Texas are awaiting a ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle over an abortion law Texas legislators passed last year. The law, as written, requires (among other provisions) that all clinics providing abortions in Texas meet the same standards as hospital-style surgical centers. […]

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The Astrodome, Voter ID, and Fantasy Football: Houston Matters for Friday, September 5, 2014

Posted on · On Thursday, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett met with the nonprofit Urban Land Institute to seek guidance on his idea for turning the Astrodome into the “world’s largest indoor park.” Judge Emmett has received a lot of feedback since unveiling his idea for the Dome last week, some good, some bad. “Yeah, I’ve had a lot […]

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Where Does Houston Lean Politically?

Posted on · A Pew Research Center article says big cities in the U.S. tend to lean toward the liberal side of the political spectrum. This includes Houston. Mark Jones, Chair of the Department of Political Science at Rice University, joins us to examine where the major surrounding counties stand related to each other on the liberal conservative […]

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University of Houston President Renu Khator Fields Your Questions: Houston Matters for Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Posted on · Since January 2008, Renu Khator has served as Chancellor of the University of Houston System, and President of UH. In that role, she has overseen an organization serving more than 67 thousand students, and a university system that has a significant impact on the Greater Houston community. She’s the first woman to serve as Chancellor […]

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How Can Law Enforcement Better Relate to the People it Serves?

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. We discuss how that can be accomplished, and focus on one example here in Houston – the Teen and Police Service Academy. The TAPS Academy seeks to connect at-risk teens with police officers […]

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Police Interaction, Electric Bills, Gardening, and The Purse Bearer: Houston Matters for Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Posted on · Among the lessons learned from recent developments in Ferguson, Missouri, is the need for law enforcement and the community it serves to engage with one another. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how that can be accomplished, and focus on one example here in Houston – the Teen and Police Service Academy. The TAPS Academy seeks […]

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Political Roundup: Perry Indictment and the Governor’s Race

Posted on · On the last Monday of each month between now and election day, we’ll set aside some time to talk about some of the major developments in politics, on and off the campaign trail, in Houston and across Texas. Today, we talk about: the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry and what it could mean for his […]