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Taking a Look at Houston’s Indian-American Population

Posted on · India House, a meeting place for Indian Americans in Houston, estimates that more than 120,000 Indo-Americans live in Greater Houston. Just to put that number in context, when we had a recent discussion with the Norwegian and British consuls general, they estimated roughly 9,000 Norwegians and 50,000 Brits live here. So why is Houston such […]

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MD Anderson’s New Tobacco Free Hiring Policy, Houston the 7th Most Dangerous Walking City:The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From MD Anderson’s new tobacco-free hiring policy, to AT&T’s plans to purchase DirecTV, to a new study ranking the Houston metro area as the seventh most dangerous place in the country for pedestrians, we explore The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Houston news with our rotating Friday panel of “non-experts.” Today, we’ll hear from Russ […]

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Indian American Culture and Pairing Dogs with Veterans: Houston Matters for Friday, May 23, 2014

Posted on · India House, a meeting place for Indian Americans in Houston, estimates that more than 120,000 Indo-Americans live in Greater Houston. Just to put that number in context, when we had a recent discussion with the Norwegian and British consuls general, they estimated roughly 9,000 Norwegians and 50,000 Brits live here. So why is Houston such […]

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Graffiti or Street Art?

Posted on · There’s lots of spray paint on the streets of Houston – but not all of it’s the same. There’s gang graffiti – meant to signal a gang’s territory. There’s tagger graffiti – meant simply to get noticed. And then there’s street art – murals and other public art that’s done with the property owner’s permission. […]

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The Astrodome Revisited,Yes it’s Time

Posted on · Last week, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the current status of the Astrodome. Among the more recent developments – an application has been submitted seeking to designate the Dome as a “state antiquities landmark.” The National Park Service has added the Astrodome to its National Register of Historic Places. Back in November, voters […]

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A look at Houston’s Old Ballparks

Posted on · The city of Houston today has a professional sports venue for nearly every major sport – baseball is played at Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium is home to the NFL’s Texans, the NBA’s Houston Rockets tip-off at Toyota Center, where the Houston Aeros hockey club also used to play, and BBVA Compass Stadium is the […]

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The Astrodome Revisited, Houston’s Other Old Ballparks, and Street Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, May 22, 2014

Posted on · Last week, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the current status of the Astrodome. Among the more recent developments – an application has been submitted seeking to designate the Dome as a “state antiquities landmark.” The National Park Service has added the Astrodome to its National Register of Historic […]

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The Art of Crawfish Making and Eating

Posted on · Houston Chef Danton Nix and his lifelong friend Kyle Teas opened Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen in 2007. During a typical crawfish — or mudbug — season they serve about a thousand pounds of crawfish tails and 600-700 pounds of whole crawfish. A few weeks ago they led a culinary tour of Houston’s crawfish restaurants. […]

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Obamacare Odysseys: How is the New Healthcare Program Affecting Houstonians?

Posted on · Houston Public Media’s Health and Science Reporter Carrie Feibel is producing a new series on the impact the Affordable Care Act is having on Houstonians. It’s called “Obamacare Odysseys.” She’ll tell us about it, and share some of what she’s heard so far from your fellow Houstonians.

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What’s Right and Wrong About Executions in Texas, and Are Attitudes Toward the Death Penalty Changing in the Lone Star State?

Posted on · Last week, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the execution of Robert James Campbell within hours of his execution. The 41 year old was convicted in 1991 of the rape and murder of a Houston bank teller. The stay allows his lawyers to file a new petition alleging he’s developmentally disabled, according to testing results apparently […]

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Death Penalty, Affordable Care Act in Houston, and Crawfish: Houston Matters for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Posted on · Last week, the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals stayed the execution of Robert James Campbell within hours of his execution. The 41 year old was convicted in 1991 of the rape and murder of a Houston bank teller. The stay allows his lawyers to file a new petition alleging he’s developmentally disabled, according to […]

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Chronicling Your Family’s History Through Film

Posted on · We talk with Houston filmmaker Stefani Twyford. Through her company, Legacy Multimedia, she produces tribute videos and family and personal biographies as a way to help chronicle history, share life stories, and preserve legacies. She recently shared some of her own family’s legacy through a documentary about her father, photographer Martin Elkhort. That film was shown […]

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How Did Houston Streets Get Their Names?

Posted on · We drive on them and past them all the time, but do we know the stories behind Houston’s streets? From Kirby to Westheimer, Bellaire to Bissonet to Buffalo Speedway, we learn the origins of popular Houston street names from Marks Hinton, author of Historic Houston Streets: The Stories Behind the Names.