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A Final Goodbye to Downtown’s Foley’s/Macy’s

Posted on · The old Foley’s building has been a staple in downtown Houston for over 60 years. This Sunday, September 21st, the windowless monolith will be imploded. It will be a sad day for many Houstonians and take one last look at this piece of Houston’s history…

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Foster Home Shortage in Houston

Posted on · According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, in its most recent report to Congress, on the last day of 2011, nationwide, an estimated 407,000 children were in foster care. That represented a four-year low. And yet, for the first time in four years, more children entered foster care over […]

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Skateboarding in Houston

Posted on · The world of skateboarding has changed, well, more than just a little bit in the last 40-50 years. And Texas may be poised to become the center of the skateboarding universe. Next year, the city of Austin will host the X Games – skateboard competitions are featured prominently in those games. Here in Houston, we have […]

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Chili Heads: Inside the Mind of Houston’s Fiery Food Lovers

Posted on · This weekend lovers of spicy food – so called “chili heads” – will converge on the Stafford Centre for the annual Houston Hot Sauce Festival, where spicy food makers from around the country will sell their fiery concoctions. Our own Michael Hagerty is himself a chili head – at least now that he’s learned the […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

Posted on · According to the Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services, in its most recent report to Congress, on the last day of 2011, nationwide, an estimated 407,000 children were in foster care. That represented a four-year low. And yet, for the first time in four years, more children entered foster care over […]

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Classical Musician As Beauty Pageant Judge?

Posted on · This weekend, classical violinist Joshua Bell will join the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. It is likely to be a slightly more dignified affair than his last gig, as one of the judges last weekend of the Miss America pageant. Bell and his fellow judges crowned Nina Davuluri, […]

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Statewide Look at the Affordable Care Act

Posted on · In our fourth installment of the Affordable Care Act implementation, as the October 1st enrollment time nears, Craig Cohen spoke with Texas’ Health and Human Services Director Marjorie Petty. He was also joined by KUHF”S Health and Science Reporter Carrie Feibel. Our previous installments: http://www.houstonmatters.org/segments/segment-c/2013/08/29/demystifying-the-affordable-care-act-for-houstonians http://www.houstonmatters.org/segments/segment-c/2013/09/05/the-affordable-care-act-for-those-houstonians-who-are-self-employed-and-unemployed http://www.houstonmatters.org/segments/segment-c/2013/09/12/navigating-health-care-options-for-the-affordable-care-act-in-houston

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Is Houston Really Gay Friendly?

Posted on · We’ve explored Houston’s diversity many times on this program. We’ve also examined how the Montrose neighborhood in Houston, in particular, has long had a reputation for being gay-friendly. Many Houstonians point to one of our political leaders as a demonstration of how we’re ahead of the curve, as the only major city with a gay […]

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Houston Matters for Thurs., Sept. 19, 2013

Posted on · We’ve explored Houston’s diversity many times on this program. We’ve also examined how the Montrose neighborhood in Houston, in particular, has long had a reputation for being gay-friendly. Many Houstonians also point to one of our political leaders as a demonstration of how we’re ahead of the curve, as the only major city with a […]

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A Houston Restaurant that only sells Mac and Cheese?

Posted on · One day our host Craig Cohen was heading home from KUHF. The traffic on I-45, his usual route, was a bit hellish (shockingly for Houston)  so he decided to take a different route home. This led to a trip down Westheimer, and an arrival at a newly-opened Jus’ Mac restaurant. Craig thought to himself, “What would a […]

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Is Houston a Cyclists Friend?

Posted on · Cycling is increasing in Houston, but are we a cycling-friendly city? What’s being done to that end? What are the challenges cyclists face here? What’s bike etiquette for cyclists? For drivers? What would it take for you to cycle more? We spoke with the organizers of Cherryhurst Bikes, a local event that is trying to make […]

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Sustainable Development in Houston, is it Possible?

Posted on · Houston is growing and changing like few places in the nation. But is it growing in a way that the community can support over the long haul? The Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University is poised to release its 3rd report on Houston Sustainability Performance this week. We learned what this new report has […]

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Non-Profit’s Film Tells ‘H-Town Stories’

Posted on · Neighborhood Centers, a Houston-area non-profit that provides educational, economic and social services, will hold a screening tonight of its new film called H-Town Stories, which profiles some of the Houstonians who have used the local non-profit’s services. A non-profit creating a promotional video touting what it does is nothing new. But this is a little […]

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Houston Matters for Wed., Sept. 18, 2013

Posted on · Houston is growing and changing like few places in the nation. But is it growing in a way that the community can support over the long haul? The Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University is poised to release its 3rd report on Houston Sustainability Performance this week. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn […]