By Craig Cohen
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Houston Matters is a radio program airing Fridays at noon on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM in Houston. During each hour, we’ll investigate the issues and ideas, people and places that make Houston…well…Houston! We’ll talk about current events, politics, education, health care, the environment, business, transportation, arts and culture, literature, sports and leisure. But we also hope that what we do each day on Houston Matters serves as the beginning of a conversation — one we hope you’ll continue here, at home, at work, with family, with friends and neighbors. We hope to introduce Houstonians to one another, to celebrate our diversity, and to engage one another through stories and conversations that demonstrate depth and context. Just the sort of thing you count on from public media.
||CleanFull Show: Happy Houston Highlights Good News, And The Good, Bad, & Ugly Of The Week’s News (July 13, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: We talk with Dr. Cedric Dark, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. James Langabeer, professor in the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, about proposed hikes in ambulance fees and why Houston’s fire Chief Samuel Peña wants these higher fees. Then, we consider the potential impact this hike could have on Houstonians. Then, Every once in a while, after a period of serious, heavy — okay, let’s face... Read More||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: City’s First Certified Autism Center, And The History Of Baseball In Houston (July 12, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: Our state’s comptroller says lawmakers will have an extra 2-point-7 billion dollars to work with in January. We learn how and where the increase revenues came from, and what will be the spending priorities for Houston? Also this hour: We discuss with Stephanie McMahon Space Center Houston's accessibility and inclusion coordinator on how they became a Certified Autism Center. It’s the first in Houston to earn that designation. Plus: We take a look back at the history... Read More||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Political Roundup, And Houston Public Media’s ‘Stories From The Storm’ (July 11, 2018)||On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A pipe manufacturer in Baytown just learned its request for a temporary exemption from steel tariffs has been denied. We talk with the company's CEO Joel Johnson about his concerns for the future. Also this hour: Houston Matters political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Plus: Houston Public Media’s 'Stories from the Storm', featuring community leaders and... Read More||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Court-Imposed Deadline Reunites Migrant Children With Their Families, And Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh (July 10, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss why federal officials only reunited half of the children the government is supposed to reunite with their parents by today’s (July 10) deadline. And, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh, a former White House Staff Secretary who also clerked for Justice Kennedy, already has a reputation in Texas. If confirmed, what would his appointment to the High Court mean for Texas?... Read More||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: How Supreme Court Justices Are Vetted And Chosen, And Stories From The Storm (July 9, 2018)||On Monday's Houston Matters: Pres. Trump is expected to announce his second Supreme Court nominee tonight (July 9). We take a look at how justices are chosen. Then, new maps and flood details post-Harvey could offer key information for local and state officials. We talk with the U.S. Geological Survey to learn more. Also this hour: Houston Public Media is launching a series of programs today to mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. In Stories... Read More||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: The Supreme Court And Abortion Rights, And The Tamarie Cooper Show (July 6, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: As Scott Pruitt steps down from the Environmental Protection Agency, attention now turns to the future of the agency and its policies. What does Pruitt’s departure mean for EPA rules that impact Houston most? Also this hour: With the impending retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court, some are wondering if Roe v. Wade, the landmark case for abortion rights, might be overturned when a new -- presumably conservative... Read More||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Flooding After Harvey, And Stories From Texas (July 5, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: Following yesterday’s flooding, we ask what, if anything, has improved flooding-wise since Harvey? Sam Brody from Texas A&M-Galveston and Christof Spieler of the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium join us to talk it over. Also this hour: A group of researchers are restoring and cataloging hours and hours of audio recordings from Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center during the Apollo missions. We listen to what they found. Then, later this month, Mars... Read More||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: How Politicians Use Scripture, And Houston’s Best Hot Dogs (July 3, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration can no longer indefinitely detain certain people who've passed initial screening in the asylum-seeking process. We learn more about the ruling, who it applies to, and what it could mean going forward. Also this hour: We discuss how politicians are using scripture these days. The discussion comes on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13 in relation to the... Read More||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Addressing The DNA Backlog, And Correcting History (July 2, 2018)||On Monday's Houston Matters: International trade with Houston could be directly impacted by two developments over the weekend: Mexico’s presidential election and tariffs from Canada. We consider Texas’s future in the global economy in light of those developments. Also this hour: We learn how the Houston Forensic Science Center aims to address the hundreds of rape kits and other DNA evidence that are backlogged with a $2 million spending plan. Then, you could argue that we... Read More||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: What Asylum-Seekers Are Fleeing, And Comedian Mo Amer (June 29, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: As NPR has been reporting, the man suspected of fatally shooting five people at The Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Md., reportedly had a long-standing grudge against the publication. Many media organizations have policies in place to handle such situations when they escalate. We learn how the Houston Metro edition of the Community Impact Newspaper does so. Then, a State Department report released Thursday warns that children removed from their families and placed... Read More||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: #MeToo In The Workplace, And HSPVA’s New Campus (June 28, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: With Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court, we take a look back at his 30 years on the bench. His votes in landmark rulings range from LGBT rights, to abortion, to the death penalty. We examine how cases Kennedy was involved with affected Houston. Also this hour: Is a changing culture affecting gender discrimination and sexual harassment claims in Houston? We talk with local harassment lawyer Shane McClelland about discrimination... Read More||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Political Roundup, And Rating Cell Phone Service In Houston (June 27, 2018)||On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Families who’ve been separated at the border need to be reunited within 30 days, according to a federal court ruling Tuesday. With a potential shelter for migrant children inching closer to opening in Houston, how could this decision affect that facility and others already open? Also this hour: From Supreme Court rulings on Pres. Trump's controversial travel ban and Texas Congressional districts, to the latest primary election results, to the lack of civility in... Read More||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Travel Ban Upheld, And Improving Houston’s Walkability (June 26, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The U.S. Supreme Court says President Trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries. The court upheld the controversial travel ban just this morning. We walk you through the decision and its implications. Then: Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they’re temporarily halting criminal prosecution referrals for migrant adults caught crossing the border illegally with children. Also this hour: We discuss ways to encourage a more walkable environment... Read More||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Supreme Court Rulings, And Inside The Flood Control Bond Projects (June 25, 2018)||On Monday's Houston Matters: The U.S. Supreme Court says most of the Texas political districts tossed out for improper racial discrimination are okay and do not have to be redrawn. We discuss that and other rulings just issued by the court with Teddy Rave from the UH Law Center. Also this hour: On Aug. 25 – one year to the day after Hurricane Harvey’s landfall – Harris County voters will vote on $2.5 billion worth of flood... Read More||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Different Perspectives From Houston’s LGBTQ+ Community, And Competitive Video Gaming (June 22, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: The local construction industry is closely watching how immigration legislation is unfolding in Congress. Leaders say they’re worried how politics in Washington, D.C. could impact the industry’s workforce shortage. We talk with Jerry Nevlud, president and CEO of Associated General Contractors of America-Houston Chapter. Also this hour: The Houston Pride Festival and Parade takes place this Saturday (June 23), celebrating our LGBTQ+ community. We talk with three LGBTQ+ activists about their experiences... Read More||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Vaccines And Autism, And Dealing With Obnoxious People (June 21, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: Immigration advocates say concerns remain even after President Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of migrant children from their parents. And residents of the southeast Houston neighborhood of Manchester want to hold someone accountable for the poor air quality there. Also this hour: Dr. Peter Hotez discusses his new book Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism, in which he combines his own medical expertise with the experiences of his... Read More||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Abuse Allegations At Shelters, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (June 20, 2018)||On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A new report says some of the shelters taking in migrant children have histories of abuse allegations. The report comes a day after Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke out against the possibility of a children’s facility opening here. We talk with an editor involved with the investigative project. Also this hour: Our experts discuss the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Then, we learn... Read More||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Zero Tolerance Policy’s Effect On Resources, And Developing A New Ebola Vaccine (June 19, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Legal experts overseeing cases stemming from the so-called “zero tolerance” policy say it’s putting a strain on resources and creating confusion, including here in Greater Houston. This comes as Houston prepares for a possible facility to house migrant children. Kate Vickery with the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative shares the policy’s impact here. Also this hour: Gun owners disagree about whether strengthening firearm storage laws will prevent future shootings in the wake... Read More||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Opioid Intervention, And Harvey Recovery Update (June 18, 2018)||On Monday's Houston Matters: Could Houston house immigrant minors detained at the U.S.-Mexico border? The Houston Chronicle reported late last week a Texas nonprofit that contracts with the federal government to house unaccompanied immigrant children has signed a lease with a warehouse downtown near BBVA-Compass Stadium. The news comes as protests heated up over the weekend near the Trump administration's first temporary detention facility for migrant children, which was quickly set up late last week in... Read More||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Heart Transplants, And Changing The Narrative About Gun Owners (June 15, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is restarting its heart transplant program. Today’s announcement comes after the Houston hospital temporarily suspended the program for two weeks on the heels of a joint report about a high number of complications. We get an update on the situation. Also this hour: Dr. Cassandra Kercher Crifasi researches gun policy, but she's also a gun owner. In what can be a very polarizing world, Dr. Crifasi wants... Read More||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Prisoner Treatment, And Unmarked Graves In Sugar Land (June 14, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: In light of recent revelations about evidence planting in a Texas prison, we take a closer look at who advocates for the rights of inmates in the Lone Star State. Also this hour: Nearly 100 unmarked graves near Sugar Land will be exhumed after a judge earlier this month granted Fort Bend ISD permission to go ahead with the process in order to build a new facility for students. We learn... Read More||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Tent Cities For Migrant Children, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (June 13, 2018)||On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Some Texas military bases could soon be sites for tent cities to shelter unaccompanied migrant children. A new report says the Trump administration is considering that as a possibility as shelters fill up with children who’ve been separated from their parents. We learn more from Franco Ordonez, the McClatchy reporter who broke the story. From the historic summit between Pres. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, to the latest... Read More||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Comparing The Oil Boom In North Dakota To Houston, And Estimating Syrian War Victims (June 12, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Gov. Greg Abbott told the Southern Baptist Convention this morning that America is at a time of crisis. But are Southern Baptists facing their own crisis within their church? We consider the issues looming over this year’s event in light of scandals surrounding a major pastor. Also this hour: Mention Texas to some people in North Dakota and you might not like what you hear. Some in that state resent the money... Read More||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Student Voices On School Safety, And New ‘Right-To-Try’ Law (June 11, 2018)||On Monday's Houston Matters: As a newly formed Texas committee on school safety meets for the first time in Austin, students are calling on lawmakers to include their voices in the conversation. Organizers with March for Our Lives say they feel excluded from recent discussions about making schools safer. We hear from one of them. And Texas is investigating how more than a hundred students at a Houston-area high school received zeros on recent standardized tests.... Read More||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: The Intersection Of Faith And Science, And Stolen Paintings From WWII (June 8, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s joining other mayors to ask the federal government to stop separating undocumented families at the border. We learn more about what that means. And we remember the connections Anthony Bourdain made with Houston's food scene. Also this hour: How do faith and science intersect? That was the focus of a recent discussion held at Rice University. And, it’s a familiar question we’ve discussed on the show several... Read More||6/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: When A Town Becomes A City, And The Texas Music Festival (June 7, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: It’s been 20 years since James Byrd, Jr. was dragged to death by a group of white supremacists in Jasper, Texas. Byrd’s death prompted the passage of hate crime laws on the state and federal level. We consider the impact of Byrd’s death 20 years later. Also this hour: Could The Woodlands ever become a city? That’s what the master-planned community is considering. If that happened, would it protect them from annexation by... Read More||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Political Roundup, And Houston’s Best Late-Night Eats (June 6, 2018)||On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn about a school safety summit being held today by the Center for Safe and Secure Schools at the Harris County Department of Education. Also this hour: From Pres. Donald Trump's comments on pardoning himself, to the impending summit with North Korea, our experts discuss the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Then, our group of local food experts discuss their favorite places... Read More||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Pipe Manufacturer Seeks Tariff Exemption, And Houston Pet Peeves (June 5, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A pipe manufacturer in Baytown wants a temporary exemption from tariffs recently imposed by the Trump administration. Borusan Mannesmann submitted an application for the exemption last month. Joel Johnson, the company's CEO, tells Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin why his company submitted the application, what’s at stake for his company, and how Baytown might benefit. Also this hour: We discuss Texas' many remaining Confederate monuments. Then, every few months or so, we give... Read More||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Forecasting Hurricane Season, And James Clapper (June 4, 2018)||On Monday's Houston Matters: The U.S. Supreme Court just handed down some major decisions, including one in a case involving an undocumented teen seeking an abortion in Texas last year. Our constitutional law expert discusses the rulings and their implications. Also this hour: The largest health insurer in Texas was set to implement a stricter review process for claims today, but that’s been delayed because of backlash from physicians. News 88.7’s Allison Lee reports on the... Read More||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Former Texans Cheerleaders File Lawsuit, And Concerns Heading Into Another Hurricane Season (June 1, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn why a group of former Houston Texans cheerleaders are suing the organization, and what fallout the lawsuit will have on the team and the NFL. With another hurricane season beginning today, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is concerned too many Houstonians will view future storms through the lens of Harvey. We find out what he means and talk with psychologist Dr. Leslie Taylor about possible "disaster fatigue." Also this hour: From... Read More||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Pres. Trump Meets With Santa Fe Victims, And Flood Insurance Answers (May 31, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: Today marks five years since four firefighters were killed fighting a blaze in southwest Houston. We talk with the staff psychologist for the Houston Fire Department about helping colleagues cope with such a tragedy. Then: Pres. Donald Trump is in Houston today and will meet with families of the Santa Fe High School shooting victims. A presidential historian discusses how presidents are expected to respond to such national tragedies. And we learn... Read More||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Gov. Abbott’s School Safety Plan, And Political Roundup (May 30, 2018)||On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn more about Gov. Greg Abbott's new plan to improve school safety across the state. It comes less than two weeks after a student shot and killed ten people at Santa Fe High School. Plus: News 88.7’s Davis Land reports on how a mother’s stress from a natural disaster can affect her baby. Also this hour: Our political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an... Read More||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Helping Students Return To School After A Shooting, And Answers To Your Sleep Questions (May 28, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Santa Fe High School students are back in school today, the first time since the shooting that killed ten people there. We learn what role school counselors play for students after a traumatic event like this and what resources those students need the most right now. Also this hour: Dr. Richard Castriotta answers listener questions about sleep and sleep disorders. And Jeff Balke breaks down the Rockets' loss to Golden State in the Western... Read More||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Comicpalooza, And Superfluous Superheroes (May 25, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: Houston’s annual comic book/pop culture convention Comicpalooza is celebrating ten years, and we broadcast a portion of our show live from the convention floor. Michael Heckman from Houston First tells us about the history of the event and how it and other large conventions like it affect Houston. Also this hour: Comic book movies and superhero culture are everywhere. But that wasn't the case all that long ago, when these properties were seen... Read More||5/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Preventing School Shootings, And Integrating Renewables Into The Electric Grid (May 24, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: Some Texas leaders say a program out of Texas Tech could help prevent school shootings. We learn more about a project that tries to identify students who could commit violence and intervenes using telemedicine. Also this hour: We learn about the integration of renewable energy into our electric grid. Some say it makes managing the grid more difficult. Others disagree. Then, Houston ophthalmologist Dr. Ruhi Soni answers your eye care questions. And we... Read More||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Primary Runoff Election Results, And A Real Estate Snapshot (May 23, 2018)||On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We examine the results of Tuesday's primary runoff election, and our political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Also this hour: We take a snapshot of the current real estate market in Greater Houston. And, with the royal wedding in the books, we learn how American political families compare to British royalty -- and why we're often... Read More||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Primary Election Runoff Day, And Hurricane Season Preparedness (May 22, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Texas voters are casting their ballots in today’s primary runoffs. Today’s winners will appear on the ballot in November. We take a closer look at the contests to watch for Greater Houston. And pressure’s mounting for Gov. Abbott to call a special session to address school shootings. It comes as the governor holds a series of meetings in Austin to discuss how to prevent future tragedies. Also this hour: We discuss... Read More||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Santa Fe Shooting Update, And Houston’s Role In A Global Economy (May 21, 2018)||On Monday's Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School that killed ten people, with updates on the investigation and efforts to improve school safety going forward. Also this hour: We discuss how a possible trade war with China and renegotiating NAFTA might affect the Houston economy. Then, NPR Congressional correspondent Scott Detrow talks about Houston's upcoming congressional races. Plus, Houston native Kat Edmonson talks about her music. And Jeff Balke breaks... Read More||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Santa Fe Shooting Update (May 18,2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on the shooting at Santa Fe High School. At least eight people were killed at a shooting that occurred Friday (May 18) morning at the school in Galveston County, according to multiple media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, that are citing law enforcement sources. Also this hour: We learn how schools and law enforcement prepare to respond to these events. Dr. Phillip Lyons is dean of the Criminal Justice... Read More||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Immigration Issues In Houston, And Author Jon Meacham On ‘The Soul of America’ (May 17, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: Today marks 64 years since the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in public schools with the landmark ruling: Brown v. Board of Education. But are Houston schools still segregated today? Our experts consider how that ruling is reflected in our schools now. Also this hour: We continue our 4th annual State of Houston series with a look at immigration issues in the region with News 88.7's Elizabeth Trovall. Then, writer Jon Meacham talks about... Read More||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Heart Transplant Complications, Political Roundup, And A Mariachi Opera (May 16, 2018)||On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Heart transplants aren’t without their risks. But according to a new report, patients at one Houston hospital have had more complications than others. We find out why. Also this hour: We continue our 4th annual State of Houston series with an update on the state of the energy industry in Houston and environmental issues facing the region. Then, our political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye... Read More||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Sports Betting In Texas, And ‘How To Walk Away’ (May 15, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A major ruling from the Supreme Court is a big win for sports gamblers -- in other states. Experts say, here in Texas, there’s still a long way to go before sports betting is a reality. We learn more about the ruling. Then, a new report says Houston can’t rely on the return of oil jobs lost in the recent downturn. News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik tells us what that means for the city’s... Read More||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: New U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem, And Precision Engineering (May 14, 2018)||On Monday's Houston Matters: A new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was dedicated earlier today in a ceremony attended by several officials, including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Tens of thousands of Palestinians protested the opening. NPR reports Israeli forces have killed at least 43 protesters. Edward Djerejian is a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria and currently serves as director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He provides some analysis of the move and the fallout. Also... Read More||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Term Limits Hearing, And Bernstein’s Broadway Hits (May 11, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: Did Houston voters know they extended term limits for elected officials back in 2015? That’s the question at the center of a lawsuit in court today. Our expert explains the controversial measure and where it stands now. Also this hour: Sunday is Mother’s Day. So, we decided to revisit the story of a mother and daughter whose relationship transformed as they traveled the world. Houston writer Kimberley Meyer told the story in The Book of... Read More||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Taekwondo Instructor Facing Sexual Misconduct Allegations, And The Death Of Dairy Queen (May 10, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: An internationally acclaimed taekwondo instructor from Sugar Land is facing sexual misconduct allegations. It’s the most recent case stemming from Texas. How could these allegations affect the Lone Star State’s reputation in the sports world? Also this hour: A new report warns the city’s traditional model for growth needs to be re-examined. News 88.7’s Florian Martin reports on how flooding could stunt that growth in the decades ahead. Then, we look back at... Read More||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Mapping The DNA Of All Life On Earth, And Ira Glass (May 9, 2018)||On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Another hurricane season is just weeks away, and Harris County officials are trying to figure out how to reduce flooding at area bayous. News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter shares the latest on the White Oak Bayou. And Harris County officials are considering massive tunnels as a way to help with flooding. News 88.7’s Allison Lee has more. Also this hour: From Pres. Trump's decision on the Iran nuclear deal, to Rudy Giuliani's media... Read More||5/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Immigration Policy Under Trump, And Sean Astin On Mental Health (May 8, 2018)||On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We examine a new report on how immigration policy and enforcement have changed during the Trump administration. The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) conducted a year-long study in 15 jurisdictions, including Houston. Also this hour: Craig Cohen talks with actor Sean Astin about mental health and how the terminology we often use can harm those affected. The actor from films like Goonies, Rudy, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy -- and more recently the... Read More||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Prison Heat Lawsuit, And Japanese Investment In Houston (May 7, 2018)||On Monday's Houston Matters: A potential settlement is near in a class action lawsuit over heat in a Texas prison. A federal court hearing Tuesday could approve the terms of the settlement. Also, we learn more about the Democratic candidates facing off in the May 22 runoff election for the right to take on incumbent Republican John Culberson in Texas’ 7th Congressional District. Also this hour: Over the next three days, Houston will host the Japan-Texas... Read More||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Houston Partnering With Microsoft, And Outsider Art (May 4, 2018)||On Friday's Houston Matters: Houston missed out on hosting Amazon’s new headquarters, so Mayor Sylvester Turner wants to create something similar from the ground up. The mayor today announced a new partnership with Microsoft aimed at achieving just that. News 88.7’s Florian Martin will tell us more. Also this hour: The staff of the Houston Chronicle was recently selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting during Harvey. The Chronicle's executive editor joins us... Read More||5/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFull Show: Stress After The 2016 Election, And A Lost Boy Of Sudan (May 3, 2018)||On Thursday's Houston Matters: Hotspots of the dangerous chemical dioxin have been found in more than 30 locations along the San Jacinto River, the Houston Ship Channel and Galveston Bay. That’s according to new analysis of research that – for nearly a decade – had never been made public. Investigative reporter Lise Olsen of the Houston Chronicle discusses the findings, why they're just now coming to light, and outlines fears that the situation could be worse... Read More||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great for Houstonians!
This show is a well done, thoughtful look at local Houston issues, and I'm so glad to find this in podcast format on iTunes. I catch snippets of it on the radio on Fridays and am now glad to be able to hear the whole thing at my leisure.
Good Show - Please keep it neutral
Thanks for setting up this local podcast to cover Houston issues, news, updates, etc.
Please keep this show neutral in regards to politics.
When I first started listening to this podcast it was a little left leaning (unfortunately) with most guests representing liberal democratic viewpoints. I understand that these people are flooding into Houston (no pun intended) and it's changing our landscape, no doubt about that. I do feel that you guys have done a fair job of keeping things neutral but I’d like to encourage that your podcast stay that way instead of going off the deep end.
Speaking of flooding, I was listening to the recent podcast regarding the disaster recap and how Houston officials responded, etc. and there was a a female with a foreign accent doing an interview that mentioned something about the identity of a man who was found dead in the flood and how his race was mentioned in the report.
Her tone of voice made it sound like she found a problem with that. How is mentioning race an issue? Could you maybe consider that the mention of his race could help identify him in the case that he somehow lost certain identifying features?
Race baiting is liberal 101 and that was what prompted me to write this review. Not all of us see our differing colors and ethnic names as a problem - it is what it is. Neither do I see an issue with mentioning specific ethnicities when mentioning a person’s identity i.e. Asian Male, Black Male, White Female, Hispanic, Mexican, whatever. Stop trying to create an issue where there is not.
Keep the podcast neutral and you will hopefully see more positive reviews. I appreciate the podcast & thanks for your hard work!
Finally a show that Houston worthy.
Cool show, hopefully it lasts for a while.
BBC world have your say was getting too big anyways.
Issues they discuss are a little scattered but hopefully they will have days dedicated to certain issues for e.g. Monday - markets/local economy, Tuesday- social, cultural, Wednesday- local and state politics, etc. you get the jist.