Houston Matters

Dengue Fever Brings Cambodian Rock to the World & Houston

Posted on · (Above: Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty poses with Chhom Nimol, lead singer of the band Dengue Fever, and Paul Smith, the band’s drummer.) When the Los Angeles band Dengue Fever got together, the group set out to resurrect an obscure, often forgotten form of Cambodian rock – and to do it in the US. Needless […]

Houston Matters

Big Squeeze Accordion Contest Returns to Houston

Posted on · The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest is coming back to Houston. The talent showcase will be held Sunday, February 23 at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA). Texas Folklife Executive Director Cristina Balli talks about the contest and the accordion’s Texas roots.

Houston Matters

As the Weather Starts to Warm Up, Is It Time to Plant?

Posted on · It’s really started to warm up in Houston in recent days – a reminder that, if you haven’t already done so, this might be a good time to plant. We welcome your questions for horticulture expert John Gardner about tending your garden. From what to plant to how to care for it, what grows in […]

Houston Matters

How Safe is Houston for Cyclists & Bikers?

Posted on · On Wednesday’s Houston Matters, we talked about our lives in traffic in our cars. Today, we look at Greater Houston through cyclists’ eyes. We discuss recent bicycle accidents and explore bicycle and motorcycle safety in Houston. First, we welcome your questions for Michael Payne, the Executive Director of Bike Houston, and Laura Spanjian, Sustainability Director for the City […]

Full Show

Bicycle and Motorcycle Safety in Houston and Your Gardening Questions: Houston Matters for Thursday, February 20, 2014

Posted on · On a recent Houston Matters, we talked about our lives in traffic in our cars. In this edition, we look at Greater Houston through cyclists’ eyes. We discuss recent bicycle accidents and explore bicycle and motorcycle safety in Houston. First, we discuss bicycles with Michael Payne, the Executive Director of Bike Houston, and Laura Spanjian, Sustainability Director for the City of Houston. Then, we discuss […]

Houston Matters

Houston Loves Patrick Swayze: Turning the Movie ‘Ghost’ into a Musical

Posted on · This week, the Hobby Center’s Sarofim Hall will feature Ghost: The Musical. Yes, you heard us right. A musical based on the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore/Whoopi Goldberg film. No word if attendees in the front row have to worry about getting splattered with clay. Houston Public Media Arts and Culture correspondent Troy Schulze learns how this […]

Houston Matters

Meet Duncan — The New Baby Elephant at the Houston Zoo

Posted on · We learn about Duncan, the new baby elephant born this month at the Houston Zoo. Duncan was born around 2:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, to mother Shanti. He’s a 385-pound Asian elephant. This is Shanti’s fourth baby, zoo staffers say. Martina Stevens, the Houston Zoo’s elephant manager, describes the birth process and how Duncan’s adjusting […]

Houston Matters

Are You Any Closer to Getting Rockets & Astros Games on Your Cable Provider?

Posted on · We update you on the CSN Houston saga. We’ll talk with Houston Press writer Jeff Balke about the history of the regional sports cable channel, and discuss whether recent developments offer any sense of if the 60 percent of Houstonians who currently can’t see Rockets and Astros games through their cable or satellite providers might […]

Houston Matters

How Have You Changed Your Life to Deal with the Houston Commute?

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of Houstonians drive in and out of the city each day. On a past Houston Matters, we explored how we might improve that daily commute experience. But say we can’t. Assume that in the coming years you’re still stuck in the same traffic at the same time most every day. How does […]

Full Show

Houston Commuters & Hidden Routes: Houston Matters for Wed., Feb. 19, 2014

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of Houstonians drive in and out of the city each day. On a past Houston Matters, we explored how we might improve that daily commute experience. But say we can’t. Assume that in the coming years you’re still stuck in the same traffic at the same time most every day. How does […]

Houston Matters

Alice in Wonderland Unscripted: Improv Group Puts Oddball Twists on Classic Stories

Posted on · In the last year, the folks at ComedySportz Houston, late on Saturday nights, have been recreating some classic stories in oddball ways. They turn to the audience for suggested replacements in character occupations, props, and settings, and then improvise a staged adaptation of the tale in question. Think Star Wars, but with mops instead of […]

Houston Matters

Houston is Home to the Nation’s First Mobile Stroke Unit

Posted on · Houston is now home to the nation’s first mobile stroke unit. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, in partnership with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, unveiled the new vehicle earlier this month. It’s an ambulance equipped with a scanner that allows the team on board to quickly assess whether a patient […]

Houston Matters

New Invasive Aphid Threatens Texas Crops

Posted on · Researchers at Texas A&M say a new insect is attacking certain crops here in Texas. We learn about the “sugarcane aphid” and other invasive species, and welcome your questions for an area entomologist and an expert on ants. Our guests are: Scott Solomon with Rice University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Dr. Mo Way, Professor of […]

Houston Matters

What Restaurants Is Houston Missing?

Posted on · Greater Houston has a varied and growing restaurant industry. There are few things we’re missing in Greater Houston, food-wise. And we have options for just about any budget. But amid so many options for our food dollar, how challenging is it to maintain a restaurant in Houston? We consider the restaurant scene in Houston from […]

Full Show

Running a Restaurant, Invasive Species & Alice in Wonderland Unscripted: Houston Matters for Tues., Feb. 18, 2014

Posted on · Greater Houston can lay claim to a lot – we have a thriving oil and gas industry, we’re a major player in health care, our population’s on the rise, we’re diverse, we’re young, we’re…stuck in traffic. We can also tout our varied and growing restaurant industry. There are few things we’re missing in Greater Houston, […]