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Chess: The Competition is Fierce But You Wouldn’t Know It From the Sound

Posted on · The game of chess is played everywhere, of course. In public parks, in schools — you might even come across a couple of folks hunched over a chess board at your favorite coffee shop. Last month, we sent Houston Matters’ Conner Clifton to the Houston Scholastic Open – a chess tournament for kids in elementary […]

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Injured Veterans to Cycle 490 Miles from Houston to Arlington

Posted on · We learn about the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, where some 200 wounded veterans and their supporters will ride bikes 490 miles from Houston to Arlington over seven days. The ride starts Sunday, March 23. The cyclists will ride through central Texas with overnight stops in College Station, Georgetown, Fort Hood, Waco and Cleburne. The […]

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Dan Patrick Backs Out of Debate & UH On Most Beautiful Campuses List: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · From State Senator Dan Patrick backing out of a closed-door debate in River Oaks, because the press wasn’t invited, to a high-speed street race by Woodlands teenagers apparently emulating a new movie, to the University of Houston as one of the “most beautiful” campuses anywhere, we explore The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Houston news this week. On today’s panel: […]

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What Are Your Favorite Weird Things to See and Do in Houston?

Posted on · Every city has its quirks. Some have more than others. We’ve long heard that Austin has – and flaunts – a reputation for being the quirky capital of Texas. But Houston brings its own bits of weirdness too. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your examples of Houston’s quirkiness. From the big air bubble you […]

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Weird Houston, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, and Houston’s Chess Scene: Houston Matters for Friday, March 21, 2014

Posted on · Every city has its quirks. Some have more than others. We’ve long heard that Austin has – and flaunts – a reputation for being the quirky capital of Texas. But Houston brings its own bits of weirdness too. On this edition of Houston Matters, we welcome your examples of Houston’s quirkiness. From the big air bubble […]

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BooTown Re-Edits & Reinterprets Well-Known Movies in Live Performances

Posted on · You might be familiar with the concept of riffing on movies – whether it’s you and your friends making fun of a bad movie in your living room or via shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000. But a Houston performance group is taking the concept a step further – not just mocking movies, but re-editing […]

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Houston’s New Urban Marketplace Promotes City’s Creative Minds

Posted on · Watershed Market is a new marketplace that will be an everyday marketplace here in Houston. The marketplace offers local food, beer and music with dozens of local vendors. It is temporarily located in East Downtown Houston, but organizers say they’re looking for a permanent home. The Watershed Market’s Grand Opening is March 22-23. To find […]

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Why — Or Why Not — Are Houstonians Signing Up for Healthcare Before the March 31 Deadline?

Posted on · We check in with Houston Public Media health and science reporter Carrie Feibel to discuss the impending March 31 deadline for uninsured Houstonians to sign up for health insurance. We discuss why some haven’t signed up, and whether they’re merely procrastinating, overwhelmed or confused by the process, or are intentionally choosing not to get insurance, accepting the […]

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What Do You Get Out of Volunteering?

Posted on · It’s worth noting that more than 20,000 volunteers have kept the largest rodeo in the world running for the last three weeks, as they do every year. Volunteer Houston estimates about 200,000 to 300,000 people volunteer around the city annually between their organization, the Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Food Bank and the United Way. On this edition of Houston […]

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Volunteering, Health Insurance & BooTown Riffs: Houston Matters for Thursday, March 20, 2014

Posted on · It’s worth noting that more than 20,000 volunteers have kept the largest rodeo in the world running for the last three weeks, as they do every year. Volunteer Houston estimates about 200,000 to 300,000 people volunteer around the city annually between their organization, the Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Food Bank and the United Way. On […]

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Pin Oak Horse Show Marks 69 Years

Posted on · The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show debuted in Houston in 1945. Pin Oak helped raise funds to construct, and  later support, Texas Children’s Hospital. Today, Pin Oak’s charity efforts support Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston’s Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance. We learn more about the event from its president, Lynn Walsh.  

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What Are All The Oil and Gas Workers in Houston Actually Doing?

Posted on · We hear talk all the time about how the oil and gas industry is booming, and people are moving here for “oil and gas jobs.” But just what are those jobs? Are they in the oil fields? Engineers and analysts in offices? We discuss with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact Reporter for Energy and the […]

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Career Paths, Oil & Gas Jobs, and Wes Anderson: Houston Matters for Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Posted on · Much of this edition of Houston Matters relates to careers in Houston. First, we’ll explore how where we live might affect what we decide to do for a living – does growing up in Greater Houston mean you’re more likely to steer towards certain industries for a career? Or away from others? Are we “pre-ordained” […]