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Full Show: Heart Transplant Program Losing Federal Funds, And Lessons From Hurricane Rita (Aug. 17, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn how the loss of federal funding for the heart transplant program at Baylor St. Luke's will affect patients. We examine the lessons learned from Hurricane Rita. Our non-experts discuss The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the week’s news. And we learn how a melting glacier in Iceland could affect Houston.

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Full Show: Commuting Alone, And Dealing With Sewage Overflows (Aug. 16, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: We learn why about 80 percent of Houston commuters drive to work by themselves. Plus, a local nonprofit is taking the city to task over violations of the Clean Water Act. We discuss what podcasts you're listening to. And we visit some local gathering spots built around playing the games.

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Full Show: School Grades, And Lessons From Tropical Storm Allison (Aug. 15, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: HISD schools get their report cards from the TEA -- and so does the health of Galveston Bay. Then, our experts discuss the latest political stories. Plus, we look back at how Tropical Storm Allison affected our region. And author Kevin Kwan discusses his book Crazy Rich Asians, now a major motion picture.

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Full Show: Accidental Deaths In Texas, And Author Jon Meacham (Aug. 14, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Six years after he went missing in Syria, we revisit efforts to find Houston journalist Austin Tice. Then, we learn more about what flood control projects would be included in the bond measure that goes before voters Aug. 25. Plus, the head of the National Safety Council discusses the prevalence of accidental deaths in Texas. And writer Jon Meacham talks about his biography George H.W. Bush.

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Full Show: Dealing With Social Media Backlash, and Texas After the Civil War (Aug. 13, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: We discuss how local arts organizations view sexual assault allegations. We examine how local businesses deal with social media landmines. We learn what life was like for freed slaves in Texas after the Civil War. Veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers your pet care questions. And Jeff Balke updates us on local sports.

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Full Show: Lessons From Hurricane Alicia, And Celebrating Anett Cobb (Aug. 10, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke in Houston this morning about the government's efforts to combat violent crime, we talk with Brandon Rottinghaus for an analysis, we reflect on lessons learned from Hurricane Alicia in 1983. Then, our “non-experts” discuss The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the news. And local musicians celebrate the 100th birthday of Houston jazz legend Arnett Cobb.

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Full Show: Freezing Teacher Salaries, And Dredging The San Jacinto River (Aug. 9, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: HISD weighs whether to freeze teacher salaries. Then, we learn about efforts to dredge the San Jacinto River to protect Kingwood from flooding. We discuss what feminism looks like in a “post-feminist” society. And retired astronaut Clayton Anderson tells us about his new children's book.

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Full Show: Phillip Aronoff Candidate Interview, And Developing The First Artificial Heart (Aug. 7, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn what's at state at a key DACA hearing tomorrow. Then, we begin our series of interviews with candidates running in the November election. Plus, we learn how the first fully functioning artificial heart was developed. And we take a behind-the-scenes look at Houston's 311 call center.

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Full Show: Houston Restaurant Weeks, And Writer Michael Arceneaux (Aug. 6, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: The largest health insurer in Texas is implementing a stricter review process for ER claims. Local food writers preview Houston Restaurant Weeks. Writer Michael Arceneaux talks about his book, “I Can’t Date Jesus." And Jeff Balke updates us on local sports.

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Full Show: The Great Houston Flood of 1935, And Studying Hawaii’s Volcano (Aug. 3, 2018)

Posted on · On Friday's Houston Matters: NASA announces its first crews who will fly on commercial spacecraft. Then, we look back at the Great Houston Flood of 1935. We discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. A Rice professor tells us what she's learned from studying the erupting Kilauea volcano. And a local festival highlights women in jazz.

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Full Show: Texas A&M’s Role At Los Alamos, And NASA Goes To The Sun (Aug. 2, 2018)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: Stafford schools look to ensure safety after funding was cut for security officers. We examine why Houston immigration judges are less likely to grant asylum. We learn what Texas A&M's role might be as part of the new group managing Los Alamos National Laboratory. Then, we learn about NASA's new mission to the sun. Author Reza Aslan discusses his book, God: A Human History. And we visit to Houston's 311 call center.

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Full Show: Permits For A Migrant Children Shelter, And Storms That Shaped Greater Houston (Aug. 1, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn how a potential shelter for migrant children doesn't have the permits it needs to operate. Then, we discuss the latest political stories. Plus, we look back at the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. And a local director makes a prequel to one of the worst movies ever made.

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Full Show: Firefighters Sue Mayor Turner, And Changes To The Endangered Species Act (July 31, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn why Houston’s firefighter union is suing Mayor Turner and a city council member. We discuss who can record video and audio of you -- with or without your consent. We examine proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act. And a Houston filmmaker has made a prequel to one of the worst movies ever made.

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Full Show: Problems With The Flood Insurance Program, And Preserving Memories Of Harvey (July 30, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: As more people buy flood insurance, we learn what challenges the program faces. And we discover why HPD officers are learning Mandarin Chinese. Then, two local researchers explain why Harvey was a wake-up call regarding nature and our changing climate. Plus, we learn about a project to preserve Houstonians' memories of the storm. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.