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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


Full Show: Immigrants and Public Benefits, and Houston Pet Peeves (Sept. 24, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: A White House proposal may penalize some immigrants getting green cards if they use public benefits. We examine how many Houstonians might be affected. Also this hour: Every few months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent. It could be something about Houston, like the traffic or the weather. It could be something about your life. It could be something you just wished was a little bit different.... Read More


Full Show: We Preview Tonight’s Cruz– O’Rourke Debate, And The Good, Bad, & Ugly Of The Week’s News (Sept. 21, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: Tonight on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM and TV 8, you can catch the first debate between Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his Democratic challenger Congressman Beto O’Rourke. Tonight’s debate in Dallas is the first of three between the two major party candidates. We preview the debate with Renee Cross, Senior Director for the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston, and a political science lecturer... Read More


Full Show: Report Examines Houston’s Immigrant Population, and Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas (Sept. 20 2018)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: We examine a new report from the Migration Policy Institute, which offers an in-depth look at Houston’s immigration population. And News 88.7's Elizabeth Trovall examines the concept of a "virtual wall" being created in a legal sense to curb undocumented immigration. Also this hour: After Harris County voters approved a $2.5 billion flood control bond, citizens are being asked to weigh in on what flood mitigation projects should be a priority. Then, several......


Full Show: Impaired Drivers, and Reimagining Houston Streets (Sept. 19, 2018)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: There’s an epidemic of traffic fatalities in Houston caused by impaired drivers, and it’s going unchecked. That’s the Houston Chronicle’s latest analysis on traffic deaths. We learn more. Also this hour: Local experts break down the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Houston is a city designed for automobiles, and our massive urban sprawl is not very pedestrian or bicyclist friendly. But is there... Read More


Full Show: Tariffs on Chinese Imports, and Dan Crenshaw Candidate Interview (Sept. 18, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: President Trump has announced 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of imports from China. As a U.S.-China oil and gas industry forum is held in Houston today, we discuss what the tariffs could mean for Texas companies and consumers. Also this hour: We continue our series of candidate interviews with Dan Crenshaw, Republican candidate for Congressional District 2. Then, we learn about the military’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit and discuss the stress of...


Full Show: Border Patrol Agent Arrested, and Changes to Texas Social Studies Curriculum (Sept. 17, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: A U.S. Border Patrol agent is held on bond following his arrest on charges of killing four women and kidnapping a fifth person. We learn more about the case. And the State Board of Education approved a slew of changes to social studies curriculum in public schools, including the use of the word “heroic” to describe defenders of the Alamo. One of the committee members who recommended the changes joins us. Also... Read More


Full Show: The Rise of Fracking, and Actor Bruce Campbell (Sept. 14, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: Leaders of the Catholic Church -- including some here in Houston -- are pledging to address the sexual abuse scandal, but critics have their doubts. We learn more. Also this hour: For the first time since the 1970s, the United States is the world’s largest producer of crude oil, according to preliminary estimates published Wednesday by the Energy Department. The boom in shale oil production – or fracking – over the last decade... Read More