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What’s the Worst Mistake You’ve Made in Houston Traffic?

Posted on · Houstonians love to complain about the bad drivers they encounter in our city’s often ridiculous traffic. But it’s always the other guy’s fault, right? Well, what if (just once in a while, of course) it was our fault? What’s your worst driving moment? What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made behind the wheel in Houston traffic, […]

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Your Worst Driving Moments, Jewish Culture, and Sports Monday: Houston Matters for Monday, April 7, 2014

Posted on · Come on. Admit it. We’ve all done it. That moment when you inadvertently cut someone off on the highway. Or had your left-turn blinker on as you turned right. Or found yourself in an endless series of U-turns because you couldn’t find the exit your GPS insists is there. We all have those moments. And […]

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Nonstop Flights to Norway, Homelessness Down & Conan Bashes H-Town: The Good The Bad & The Ugly of Houston News

Posted on · Scandinavian Airlines is launching nonstop flights between Stavanger, Norway and Houston, beginning on Aug. 20 of this year; Mayor Parker says the number of chronically homeless people in Houston has been cut in half in the last two years; and Conan O’Brien bashes H-Town during his live shows in Dallas: It’s The Good The Bad […]

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Houston’s Millennials Take Issue with the Stereotypes About Their Generation

Posted on · Houston is one of the younger cities in the nation, by median age. We have a lot of millennials here – those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s (aka Generation Y). Houston was named the No. 2 city for millennials in 2012. What’s drawn them here? What do they want from Houston? What […]

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Houston’s Millennials and The Good the Bad and the Ugly: Houston Matters for Friday, April 4, 2014

Posted on · Houston is one of the younger cities in the nation by median age. We have a lot of “Millennials” here – the term typically refers to those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s. What’s drawn them here? What do they want from Houston? What do they contribute to it? What are the priorities, […]

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Program Highlights Traditional Indian Dance and Music

Posted on · Dashavatar: The Ten Incarnations of Vishnu is a traditional Indian dance/theater production taking place Sunday, April 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. The program features dancers and music, all telling the story of the god  Vishnu’s many incarnations through time as he fights evil. We learn more about the program […]

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Our Nation’s History with Debt: Former Mayor Bill White Discusses His New Book

Posted on · Former Houston Mayor Bill White discusses his new book, America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse. The book discusses the different times in our nation’s history when our national debt spiked, how those spikes in debt were handled, how things are being done differently today, and what that could all mean for our future. White […]

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Former Mayor Bill White on America’s Fiscal Constitution: Houston Matters for Thursday, April 3, 2014

Posted on · In his new book, America’s Fiscal Constitution – Its Triumph and Collapse, former Houston Mayor Bill White explores the history of America through its budgets – and specifically, the attitudes and approaches of our elected leaders towards the incursion and payoff of debt. It’s an unusual prism through which to examine our history. Most history […]

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Houston Birding Picks Up As Spring Migration Gets Underway

Posted on · Millions of birds are flying through Texas as spring migration gets underway. It’s a phenomenon that may go unnoticed by most, but not for birders. These are birding enthusiasts who eagerly await the arrival of Purple Martins, Black-and-white Warblers and other migratory species. The Houston area offers several places to go and catch a glimpse […]

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Indie Bookstores Thrive By Becoming Community Centers for Readers

Posted on · This weekend, Houston’s Brazos Bookstore celebrates its 40th anniversary with a slate of events. As more of us turn to e-books and online booksellers, traditional bricks-and-mortar bookstores have had to adapt. We discuss how indie bookstores in Houston are re-inventing themselves as essentially community centers for readers with Jeremy Ellis of Brazos Bookstore and Valerie […]

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How Does Where You Live in Houston Affect Your Health?

Posted on · We talk with Stephen Klineberg about Rice's Houston Area Health Survey, which examines the connection between health insurance and perceived wellness, and the role factors ranging from income to age to education to ethnicity to even the neighborhood you live in may have on your health and well-being.

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Are Unregulated Drilling Waste Pits A Threat To Texas Groundwater?

Posted on · Not since the oil boom of the 1980s have so many wells been drilled in Texas. Last year the total number of “holes drilled” for oil & gas topped 24,000 state-wide according to Texas regulators. But there’s concern that Texas isn’t doing enough to make sure that all that drilling doesn’t end-up polluting precious groundwater. […]

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Reserve Pits, Houston’s Health, Indie Bookstores & Birding: Houston Matters for Wed., April 2, 2014

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media’s State Impact reporter for energy and the environment, about concerns related to what are known as “reserve pits” on drilling sites. These pits are dug on the site of a drilling rig and filled with waste that comes out of oil […]