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Full Show: Salaries Of College Presidents, And Houston Pet Peeves (Dec. 10, 2018)

Houston Matters begins at noon on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters. On Monday's Houston Matters: A new report says Texas has some of the highest paid college executives in the country. We learn more about the findings from the Chronicle of Higher Education. Also this hour: Every few months or so we like to give you the opportunity to vent. So, today we invite you to share your Houston pet... Read More


Full Show: Potential Flooding This Weekend, And Houston’s Outgoing Recovery Officer (Dec. 7, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn more about the potential for flooding across Greater Houston as meteorologists expect anywhere from three to five inches of rain across Harris County between tonight and tomorrow morning. Also this hour: Marvin Odum is leaving his role as Houston’s chief recovery officer. Odum, the former president of Shell Oil, was selected for the volunteer position shortly after Hurricane Harvey. News 88.7’s Travis Bubenik talks with him about what he learned from the...


Full Show: Bush’s Houston Funeral, And OPEC Meeting’s Impact On Oil And Gas (Dec. 6, 2018)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: We bring you live coverage of Pres. George H.W. Bush's private funeral in Houston today on News 88.7 with local analysis from David Branham of UH-Downtown and Nancy Sims. Also this hour: With OPEC likely to cut production at its meeting today, we find out what it could mean for the oil and gas industry here. Then, Houston native Alison Baumann has a new book called Thicker Than Blood and tells us how the characters... Read More


Full Show: National Day of Mourning, And Political Roundup (Dec. 5, 2018)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Today's national day of mourning for George H.W. Bush includes his funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and remembrances around the nation. Our political experts share their memories of the 41st president and then discuss the week's political stories. Also this hour: With the holidays upon us, local food writers discuss their favorite places to take visiting family and friends in the latest installment of The Full Menu. And we... Read More


Full Show: Bush Library’s Role In Honoring The Late President, And More Organ Transplant Problems At Baylor St. Luke’s (Dec. 4, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: As a week of mourning continues for former Pres. George H.W. Bush, we learn about the role his presidential library in College Station is playing in memorializing him. Also this hour: In past weeks we've learned about an increase in complications for heart transplant patients at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Now, another report says liver and lung transplant patients are seeing an increase in deaths there. We learn more from investigators... Read More


Houston Matters Remembers George H.W. Bush (Dec. 3, 2018)

On Monday's special edition of Houston Matters: We remember the life and legacy of former Pres. George H.W. Bush. We begin with an in-depth retrospective on Bush's career in public service from News 88.7's Andrew Schneider. He brings us stories from the former President's longtime friends and collaborators as they remember their work and life experiences with him. Also, we revisit our 2016 conversation with historian Jon Meacham about his biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey...


Full Show: Legislature Preview, And Wynton Marsalis (Nov. 30, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: Pres. Trump has signed the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement. Now that it's in place, we discuss what it could mean for Houston businesses. And, we find out how local advocates are marking World AIDS Day. Also this hour: With the 2018 election in the rear view mirror, we preview the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature by examining what issues lawmakers are likely to address and what might have the... Read More


Full Show: Uninsured Children In Texas, And Former Pres. Obama At Rice (Nov. 29, 2018)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: A new report says the number of uninsured children increased in 2017 for the first time in nearly a decade, and Texas has the largest share of children without health insurance. We talk with one of the study’s co-authors and hear from members of Houston’s health care community. Also this hour: Since its founding in 2008, Airbnb has blossomed into a booming industry with hundreds of thousands of listings in countries around... Read More


Full Show: Immigrant Numbers, And Potential Changes To Marijuana Law (Nov. 28, 2018)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Authorities have executed a search warrant at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office says it’s tied to the investigation into Father Manuel LaRosa-Lopez. We bring you the latest. And the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is at its lowest level since 2004, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. We learn why. Also this hour: From potential legislation to protect special counsel... Read...


Full Show: Genetic Ethics, And Teacher Pay (Nov. 27, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Rice University is launching an investigation into a professor who claims to have helped create the world’s first genetically edited babies. Rice says the work is inconsistent with ethical norms of the scientific community and the university. We learn the latest on the investigation and consider the ethical implications. Also this hour: If you asked a public school teacher -- or even the average citizen -- if teachers are underpaid, chances are... Read More


Full Show: Bob McNair’s Football Legacy, And Remembering Activist Ray Hill (Nov. 26, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: The Texans will wear the letters RCM on their helmets during their game tonight to honor late owner Bob McNair, who passed away Friday at the age of 81. While McNair was a successful businessman and prolific philanthropist, he might be best remembered as the man who brought the NFL back to Houston after the Oilers departed in the 90s. Jeff Balke reflects on McNair’s legacy as the owner of the... Read More


Full Show: Conversations We’re Thankful For (Nov. 20, 2018)

As the nation prepares to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Houston Matters team shares what we're thankful for -- at least in terms of recent conversations we've had on the show. Each of us was tasked with choosing a segment produced by one of our colleagues during the past year and sharing why we're thankful for it. During the hour, we'll revisit our conversation with actor Sean Astin about his mother's mental health issues. We'll look back... Read More


Full Show: Hearing On Ft. Bend Graves, And Rules For Holiday Driving (Nov. 19, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: The fate of nearly 100 historic remains discovered in Fort Bend County may be decided today. We learn the latest from a hearing on the matter. And we learn about efforts to soften the noise from sonic booms off the Texas coast. Also this hour: AAA Texas estimates more than four million Texans will travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving — and most will be traveling by car. With that in... Read More


Full Show: Census Trial, And Houston’s Connection To Jonestown (Nov. 16, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: A trial is wrapping up over whether a question about a person's citizenship status should be included in the 2020 Census. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang brings us the latest and discusses how the outcome could impact Texas. Also this hour: Journalist Jeff Guinn explores Houston's connection to the Jonestown massacre, which happened 40 years ago Sunday. He's the author of The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. Then, our... Read More


Full Show: Texas Children In Poverty, And Lessons From American Presidents At War (Nov. 15, 2018)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: A new report says one in five Texas children lives in poverty. We learn more about the findings from the Center for Public Policy Priorities. Plus, News 88.7’s Florian Martin takes an in-depth look at renting versus owning a home in flood-prone Houston. Also this hour: Historian Michael Beschloss examines the difficulties American presidents have faced when leading the nation into war. It's the subject of his new book, Presidents of War, which he discusses......


Full Show: Curbing Youth Violence, And Comparing Houston’s Transit System (Nov. 14, 2018)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Authorities are continuing to investigate Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a Lamar High School student. The 18-year-old’s death comes on the heels of last week’s apparent murder-suicide of two other Lamar students. We consider how the city’s addressing youth gun violence. Also this hour: From changing leadership in Congress and the Texas Legislature, to more potential shakeups in Trump administration personnel, our experts discuss the latest national, state, and...


Full Show: Remembering Stan Lee, And Howard Hughes The Womanizer (Nov. 13, 2018)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Harris County authorities Monday searched the law offices of Jared Woodfill, a prominent attorney and former chair of the Harris County GOP. Houston Chronicle investigative reporter Lise Olsen explains what the search is about. Plus: With the death of Marvel Comics writer and publisher Stan Lee on Monday, we revisit Ernie Manouse's 2015 conversation with him onstage at Comicpalooza. Also this hour: Long before there was Harvey Weinstein, there was Houston's...


Full Show: Troops Arrive At The Texas Border, And Improving Teacher Diversity (Nov. 12, 2018)

On Monday's Houston Matters: The Pentagon says 2,800 troops have been deployed to the Texas-Mexico border. They’re part of a total force of more than 5,200 that President Trump ordered to the border last month in response to a large group of Central American migrants headed north. We learn what they'll be doing and get reaction from residents along the border. Also this hour: A new study from Rice University finds sulfur dioxide emissions from Texas... Read More


Full Show: USA Gymnastics Case, And Rapper Bun B On His Love Of Film (Nov. 9, 2018)

On Friday's Houston Matters: Walker County prosecutors say they will subpoena USA Gymnastics documents tied to the investigation of former doctor Larry Nassar. The documents could affect the case against Steve Penny, the former USA Gymnastics president who was indicted in Texas for allegedly tampering with evidence. We get the latest on the case. Also this hour: It’s been mighty serious around here lately. So, our occasional Happy Houston segment offers you a respite from the doom and...


Full Show: Madeleine Albright On Bipartisanship, And Remembering Filmmaker James Blue (Nov. 8, 2018)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: The ACLU of Texas is calling for an investigation into Harris County Juvenile Judge Glenn Devlin, who reportedly released nearly all of the juvenile defendants who had detention hearings before him on Wednesday. That came just hours after he lost his bid for re-election in Tuesday’s midterm elections. We get reactions from the ACLU and the legal community. Also this hour: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warns that Facism is still a... Read More