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Full Show: Early Voting, and Flu Vaccine Effectiveness (Oct. 23, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: More than 63,000 in-person ballots were cast in Harris County on Monday, a reportedly record-setting turnout for the first day of early voting in the midterm election. With mail-in ballots, 115,601 votes have been cast in Harris County so far. A local political scientist weighs in on voter turnout so far. Also this hour: This year’s flu vaccine should be about 20 percent effective, according to tests from Rice University bioengineer Dr. Michael... Read More


Full Show: Trump Rally, and ‘Native Americans’ Series (Oct. 22, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: We preview Pres. Trump's rally at the Toyota Center tonight. And two indicted Arkema executives are arraigned in Houston. Also this hour: A new four-part series on PBS called Native America premieres Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 13 on Houston Public Media TV 8. Houston-based producer Julianna Brannum discusses the series and what she learned about her own Comanche ancestors. And, from the fight between the Rockets and Lakers Saturday night,... Read More


Full Show: Foster Care Ruling, and Actor Barry Bostwick on Rocky Horror (Oct. 19, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered Texas to improve its foster care system. We talk with a Houston attorney who’s been involved in the case for years. Also this hour: Our rotating panel of non-experts breaks down The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week's news. And we hear from actor Barry Bostwick, who's in town this weekend for a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We offer a daily podcast here,... Read More


Full Show: Gymnastics Arrest, and Crosby ISD’s Financial Woes (Oct. 18, 2018)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: The former president of USA Gymnastics has been arrested in relation to an indictment in Texas alleging he tampered with evidence related to the sexual abuse case against sports doctor Larry Nassar. We learn more about the charges against Steve Penny connected to the Karolyi Ranch where gymnasts train in Walker County. Plus: Crosby ISD Superintendent Scott Davis talks about the financial issues his district faces. Also this hour: According to a recent...


Full Show: Political Roundup, and Houston’s Version of Winter (Oct. 17, 2018)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: From Tuesday's Senate debate between Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke, to the latest on the disappearance of a Saudi journalist, our experts break down the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Also this hour: With cooler temperatures finally upon us, we discuss what passes for fall and winter weather in Greater Houston with KHOU 11 meteorologist Brooks Garner. And writer Anne Lamott discusses... Read More


Full Show: Understanding the Ballot, and Houston’s Baseball History (Oct. 16, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Veteran journalist Nancy Barnes of the Houston Chronicle will become NPR's permanent chief news executive, the network announced Tuesday. Barnes is currently the Houston Chronicle's executive editor, and she talks with us about her vision for the job. Then: Legacy Community Health is lobbying in Washington this week against a Trump administration rule change that could negatively affect the immigration applications of those who use public assistance programs. We...


Full Show: HISD Board Reverses Course on Interim Superintendent (Oct. 15, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: Just days after HISD tapped a new interim superintendent, the state’s largest school district is reversing its decision. Last week, the district's board chose Abelardo Saavedra as its new interim leader. Now, the district says it’s going in a different direction. News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee brings us the latest on the situation. Then: In just three weeks, voters will decide whether pay rates for Houston firefighters will match police officers.......


Full Show: HISD Leadership Changes, and Former Astronaut Scott Kelly (Oct. 12, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: HISD is moving on to another temporary superintendent -- the district’s third leadership change just this year. Last night’s decision, following a raucous board meeting, was met with push back from members of the board. We learn why some board members pushed for the change. Also this hour: Former astronaut Scott Kelly has a new collection of photographs he took during his year on the International Space Station. It's called Infinite Wonder. We revisit our...


Full Show: Ronald Reagan Biographer, and Writer Mitch Albom (Oct. 11, 2018)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: A crew headed to the International Space Station had to make an emergency landing after a Soyuz rocket booster failed during launch Thursday. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin were rescued and are reportedly in "good condition," NASA says. We'll have more details and discuss what it means for the ISS. Then: Houston’s population is growing, but that does not mean the number of parking spaces will, too. News 88.7’s... Read More


Full Show: Political Roundup, and the Portrayal of Disabilities in the Media (Oct. 10, 2018)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: As Hurricane Michael barrels toward the Florida Panhandle, some Houston firefighters are on their way to help. They’re part of a state task force that lent a hand to the Carolinas with a different storm just a few weeks ago. And, in the wake of the United Nations report on climate change, we consider efforts happening here in Greater Houston to mitigate the effects. Also this hour: From the latest on the... Read More


Full Show: Lesser Election Races to Watch, and a Victim’s Definition of Justice (Oct. 9, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A Houston-area school district says a financial emergency is prompting layoffs. We learn more about Crosby ISD’s mounting financial problems. Then, companies are burning off a lot of gas in West Texas. News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik explains why some companies say they’d rather not have to “flare” gas, as it’s called. Also this hour: Over the last couple of months, we’ve interviewed candidates in some key Congressional races in the region, but... Read More


Full Show: Building Homes in the Flood Plain, and Understanding Your DNA Results (Oct. 8, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: A report from the Houston Chronicle says more and more new homes are being built in flood plains. The Chronicle says one in every five home construction projects given a permit are in these areas. We learn more from the reporters involved in the findings. Also this hour: With the rise of DNA testing services to determine one's ancestry, a local expert helps us make sense of what listeners have found... Read More


Full Show: Kavanaugh Vote and the Election, and Women In Houston History (Oct. 5, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are among those voting today on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. It comes a day after an FBI report on allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. We consider whether today’s vote -- and the contentious debate over his nomination -- could influence Greater Houston voters heading into the midterm election. Also this hour: We learn about influential women from Houston’s history ahead... Read More


Full Show: Law Professors Oppose Kavanaugh, and Remembering Dr. Red Duke (Oct. 4, 2018)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: Some Houston law professors are among many across the nation who have signed a letter asking the Senate not to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. We hear from some of them. Also this hour: We discuss the challenges faced by children who suffer from chronic illness or disabilities making the transition into adulthood. Then, a local doctor is calling for stricter standards for screening and diagnosing gestational diabetes. And a... Read More


Full Show: Firefighter Pay Debate Cancelled, and Political Roundup (Oct. 3, 2018)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Just a day after it was announced, the Houston firefighters union is withdrawing from an upcoming debate on the pay parity ballot measure. They were set to share the stage with Mayor Sylvester Turner at a community forum on Saturday. We learn more. Also this hour: From the latest on the FBI investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to a New York Times investigation into the Trump family's taxes,... Read More


Full Show: Health Care Merger, and Rep. Culberson Candidate Interview (Oct. 2, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: With the news that Memorial Hermann Health System and Baylor Scott & White Health plan to merge, we examine how the merger might affect health care costs. Also this hour: We continue our series of candidate interviews with Republican Congressman John Culberson of District 7. Then, Rice University professor Bob Stein outlines what makes Houston a challenging and unique place to conduct polls. And we remember the Battle of Gonzales, which started the Texas...


Full Show: Houston Scientist Wins Nobel Prize, And The Challenges of Polling (Oct. 1, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: We hear from Dr. Jim Allison, who is one of two recipients for this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, for his work in cancer treatment research. Dr. Allison chairs the Immunology department at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. We discuss how polls are conducted and what the average American should better understand about how they are conducted with Anthony Salvanto, director of elections and polls for CBS News. He's... Read More


Full Show: Effect of Kavanaugh Hearings on Sen. Cruz, and John Kerry (Sept. 28, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: We discuss how Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's position in favor of controversial Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh could factor into his race against Rep. Beto O’Rourke. Also this hour: Former Senator, Secretary of State, and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, discusses his new book, Every Day Is Extra. Then, our panel of non-experts breaks down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. And Houston writer Christopher... Read More


Full Show: City Hiring Freeze, and Political Roundup (Sept. 26, 2018)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A hiring freeze is in effect for the City of Houston. We find out why and what it means for the city going forward. Also this hour: From the debates between Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Beto O’Rourke, to the latest on allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, our experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Then, an urban... Read More


Full Show: Diversity at the Symphony, And Celebrities and Politics (Sept. 25, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Coca Cola is breaking ground on a new plant in North Houston. Officials say it’s the company’s first new production plant in the U.S. in more than a decade -- and one of the largest capital investments in Texas by a Mexican company. We discuss the significance. Plus, we learn about the Houston Symphony's efforts to be more diverse. Also this hour: More than ever, celebrities, athletes, and other public figures are... Read More