Good, Bad and Ugly

Banning Spanish in Class, The Return of Krispy Kreme, & Galveston as a Destination on the Rise: It’s The Good, The Bad & the Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · We talk about The Good, The Bad & the Ugly of Houston News, such as a principal trying to ban the speaking of Spanish in an area school, the return of Krispy Kreme donuts to Houston, and Galveston as a “destination on the rise,” according to one travel website. Our panel of admitted non-experts is comprised […]

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Gauging the Performing Arts in Houston

Posted on · We take a moment to pay tribute to the late Nelson Mandela. Then we explore the state of the arts in Houston with Jonathon Glus the President of the Houston Arts Alliance, and then welcome your questions for three members of the performing arts community here in Houston: Jennifer Decker, Artistic Director of Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company; Stephanie […]

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Houston and Mandela, Houston’s Performing Arts, and Facial Hair Clubs: Houston Matters for Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Posted on · Tributes continue to pour in around the world in remembrance of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95. Houstonians are, of course, among those Mandela touched in his life. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll share what some have to say about the man, and what he said about how he […]

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The Transformation of Buffalo Bayou Park

Posted on · The Buffalo Bayou Partnership is holding a Christmas cruise and history boat tour this upcoming weekend. Anyone who’s going may notice the scenery isn’t the same as last year. That’s because for about a year now, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership has been renovating a 10-mile stretch of the Bayou in the heart of downtown Houston. […]

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Who Are The Most Influential Houstonians In Social Media?

Posted on · Social media guru Eric Tung has researched what he characterizes as the top “social media power influencers” in Houston. We’ll find out who they are, what that means, and explore the impact Houstonians effectively using social networking sites from Twitter to LinkedIn to Facebook and beyond can have on our community. And, of course, we take your questions […]

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Are High-Stakes Tests Pushing Teachers to Cheat?

Posted on · The investigation continues into the possibility of teachers cheating on state exams at two HISD elementary schools. KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee has been following this developing story, and she’ll have an update for us. We’ll also talk with Dawn Westfall, who’s written about “high stakes” testing that may unintentionally incentivize cheating among teachers. We’ll also welcome […]

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The Impact of “High Stakes” Testing, How Houstonians Use Social Media, and a Field Trip to Buffalo Bayou Park: Houston Matters for Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Posted on · The investigation continues into the possibility of teachers cheating on state exams at two HISD elementary schools. KUHF education reporter Laura Isensee has been following this developing story, and will have an update for us on this edition of Houston Matters. We’ll discuss concerns she’s heard from parents about the cheating, and the investigation itself. We’ll […]

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Who Are Those People Staging Battles in Mandell Park on Sundays? They’re LARPers

Posted on · If you’ve ever driven by Mandell Park in Montrose on a Sunday afternoon, you might have come across some “Battle Gamers,” more commonly referred to as LARPers – or “live action role players.” This particular group refers to itself as The Far Haradrim of Houston. We sent Houston Matters’ Conner Clifton out to meet them. Video: The […]

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This Line’s Hard to Top at Parties: I Won a Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on · In 1997, Jody Williams became just the tenth woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The professor at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work was instrumental in negotiating the treaty to ban landmines. Now, she’s written a new memoir called “My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the […]

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How Immigration Policy Affects Houston

Posted on · We discuss the day-to-day challenges facing both people who are undocumented, and the industries and institutions they’re engaged in. We welcome your questions for an immigration attorney, the head of the University of Houston’s Immigration Clinic, and a Houston-based subcontractor who shares his insights into the unique challenges America’s immigration policies have on the construction […]

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Immigration Challenges, a Nobel Laureate’s Crusade to Ban Land Mines, and LARPers in Mandell Park: Houston Matters for Wed., Dec. 4, 2013

Posted on · Four activists seeking immigration reform finally ended a 22 day fast Tuesday at the National Mall in Washington. They were then replaced by eight others, who have vowed to continue the fast. They, like many others, are seeking to convince Congress to act – to pass legislation that would include a pathway to citizenship for […]

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The Jew Who Loves Christmas: Artist Tells Why She Prefers Santa to Menorahs

Posted on · Artist and performer Abby Koenig is Jewish. But living in Texas, where there are fewer Jews than her native New York, Christmas is often more in her face — but she likes it that way. In her new one-woman show and exhibit, The Jew Who Loves Christmas, Koenig dives into why she thinks Hannukah is illogical and […]

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Passing Time in Traffic: Savoring Your Down Time

Posted on · If you don’t have a very long commute to and from work, consider yourself lucky. But, if you’re like the rest of us, sitting in traffic to get from Point A to Point B, we hear you. We understand it can get frustrating and even downright maddening sometimes to get stuck in traffic, waiting…and waiting…and […]