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Hockey is Alive & Well in Houston — Despite Climate & Lack of a Major Pro Team

Posted on · Hockey is one the of high-profile events of any Winter Olympics, but is the sport as prominent in Houston – a city known for its heat and that last year lost the Aeros — its minor league hockey team? As we continue our week-long look at unlikely winter sports enthusiasts in the area, Houston Matters’ […]

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Is Pumping Acid Into the Ground for Fracking Safe?

Posted on · Companies that drill for oil use combinations of chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing process to free oil trapped in rock formations called shale. You probably know that drillers pump thousands of gallons of water mixed with such chemicals down into their wells. You may be aware there are rules about reporting what those chemicals are. […]

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Fracking Chemicals, Hockey in Houston, Great Art in Ugly Rooms: Houston Matters for Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Posted on · Companies that drill for oil use combinations of chemicals in the hydraulic fracturing process to free oil trapped in rock formations called shale. You probably know that drillers pump thousands of gallons of water mixed with such chemicals down into their wells. You may be aware there are rules about reporting what those chemicals are. […]

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‘Into the Woods’ Picks Up Where Fairy Tales End

Posted on · This is the final week to head to the Rice Village playhouse and catch Main Street Theater’s production of Into the Woods. The beloved Stephen Sondheim musical interweaves the telling of several classic fairy tales, like Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Jack and the Beanstalk – stories we all know, and in which the […]

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Skiing Is a Big Passion for Many Houstonians

Posted on · There’s a lot of physical activity you can engage in here in Houston. Biking, running, swimming, hiking. Skiing is harder to come by (which may be what prompted one Houston Matters listener’s suggestion of turning the Astrodome into a giant ski slope). That doesn’t mean there aren’t avid skiers here. With the 2014 Winter Olympics […]

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Could Art Create Better STEM Students?

Posted on · There’s a growing movement to incorporate the arts into STEM learning, an initiative called STEAM. A research project out of the University of Houston says bringing arts into the same fold as science, technology, engineering and math will increase the quality of graduates in those fields. We look at how integrating the arts would impact […]

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Turning STEM into STEAM, Houston Skiers, Into the Woods at Main Street Theater: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 11, 2014

Posted on · We sure do love our acronyms, don’t we? We watch HBO, type LOL, eat PB&J. In education circles, an acronym of choice for some years now has been STEM – a reference to science, technology, engineering and math – four fields of study in which many would like to see the next generation of Americans […]

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Sports Monday: Olympics, Rockets & Coming Out in the NFL

Posted on · CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower joins us, as he does most Mondays, to discuss the week in sports. We’ll check in on the Rockets, the Winter Olympics so far and the Astros designating Brett Wallace for assignment. Plus: Michael Sam, an NFL draft prospect, announced he’s gay. We’ll talk about what it could mean for […]

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Initiative Encourages Houstonians to Lose a Million Pounds

Posted on · We learn about the Million Pound Challenge, an initiative by Shape Up Houston to encourage Greater Houston to collectively lose a million pounds. The hope is to encourage a healthier Houston and to lessen the public health and economic burdens it could create in the future.

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Figure Skating Is Still a Big Sport, Even in Balmy Houston

Posted on · The 2014 Winter Olympics are now underway in Sochi, Russia. Because of our warm weather climate, you wouldn’t automatically think of Houstonians engaging in winter sports. But a number of clubs here in the Bayou City are dedicated to pursuing some of the more popular events taking place at this year’s winter games. In the […]

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What’s Really Going on Inside the Brain of an Addict?

Posted on · The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has once again raised the specter of addiction. It’s a topic often discussed, but not always well understood. More and more, medical professionals are recognizing addiction as a medical condition. They explain how drugs and alcohol can affect the chemistry in our brains, and how some of […]

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction & H-town Figure Skaters: Houston Matters for Monday, February 10, 2014

Posted on · The recent death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has once again raised the specter of addiction. It’s a topic often discussed, but not always well understood. More and more, medical professionals are recognizing addiction as a medical condition. They explain how drugs and alcohol can affect the chemistry in our brains, and how some of […]

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Choreographer Carolyn Dorfman Discusses Houston Performances

Posted on · For more than 30 years, the critically acclaimed Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company has performed high energy contemporary dance. The company performs this week at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center as part of ERJCC’s Dance Month. Catherine Lu of Houston Public Media’s arts and culture unit sat down with Carolyn Dorfman to discuss this weekend’s […]