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Thirty Years After Challenger: Thursday’s Show (January 28, 2016)

Posted on · A ceremony is taking place today (Jan. 28, 2016) at Houston’s Johnson Space Center in remembrance of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 30 years ago today. On January 28th, 1986, seven astronauts died when the shuttle exploded shortly after takeoff. On this edition of Houston Matters, we look back at what happened on this date […]

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Planned Parenthood Video Stingers Indicted: Tuesday’s Show (January 26, 2016)

Posted on · In a surprising turn of events, a Harris County grand jury — convened to investigate whether Houston-based Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast sold fetal tissue — declined Monday to take any action against the women’s health service provider. Instead it indicted the undercover videographers behind those allegations. On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with News […]

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Are Houstonians Less Likely to Vote Than Other Americans?

Posted on · This morning NPR’s Morning Edition examined voter anxiety in this election year, and what’s fueling it. We explore what potentially sets voter attitudes in Greater Houston apart from other communities — voter apathy. While voter turnout is typically lower in off-year elections, even with controversial issues and a mayoral campaign, last fall’s election turnout was, to […]

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Red State: The Story of How Republicans Seized Control of Texas

Posted on · The GOP has had such a stranglehold on statewide offices here in Texas for so many years now that it’s hard to imagine a time when it was any different. Sure, Ann Richards was Governor of Texas for a while there, but she seems very much like the Democratic exception to the Republican rule. How […]

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Turning Texas Blue: Breaking the GOP Grip on America’s Reddest State

Posted on · For more than 20 years now, Republicans have held every statewide elected office in Texas. How did the Lone Star State come to be so dominated by the GOP? And what would it take for Democrats to break that grip? We explore these questions with Mary Beth Rogers. She ran Democrat Ann Richards‘ successful 1990 campaign […]

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Political Power in Texas: Tuesday’s Show (January 19, 2016)

Posted on · For more than 20 years now, Republicans have held every statewide elected office in Texas. How did the Lone Star State come to be so dominated by the GOP? And what would it take for Democrats to break that grip? We explore these questions from two very different perspectives on today’s Houston Matters. First, we speak […]

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Falling Oil Prices and A Constitutional Convention: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From crude oil prices dropping below $30 a barrel in U.S. trading this week to NFL owners meeting in Houston to decide which (if any) teams might move to Los Angeles, to Gov. Abbott calling for the first Constitutional Convention more than 200 years: we discuss The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of this […]