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Full 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


Full 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...


Full 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


Full 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


Full 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...


Full 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


Full 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...


Full 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


Full 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


Full 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....


Full 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


Full 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......


Full 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


Full 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


Full 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


Full 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...


Full 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


Full Show: Political Roundup, And The Lost Restaurants Of Houston (May 2, 2018)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A Texas Congressman says he's making the fight against human trafficking a federal priority, starting in Greater Houston. Rep. Michael McCaul and other officials are meeting in Katy to talk about new ways to combat this crime. McCaul, a Republican representing the 10th Congressional District, explains why he thinks a controversial new law will do the job. Also this hour: Our political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories......


Full Show: The Future Of Houston’s Workforce, And Life On A Boys Ranch (May 1, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: As Houstonians prepare for the summer heat, a legislative committee in Austin is considering the challenges of providing electricity statewide. Today’s hearing comes a day after the state’s largest grid operator announced it’s expecting record demand for power in the coming months. Rice University economist Peter Hartley explains how current policies and reliance on renewable energy are causing instability in the system. Then, News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter...


Full Show: Putting Faces On Skulls From San Jacinto, And Explaining Texas To Outsiders (April 30, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: Parents and advocates are calling on HISD to sue the state because of the threat of a takeover of some of the district's under-performing schools. News 88.7’s Laura Isensee explains. Also this hour: Forensic artist Amanda Danning is using her facial reconstruction skills to put faces on the skulls of Mexican soldiers whose remains were found at the San Jacinto battle site. Then, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lawrence Wright talks about his book, God... Read More


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