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We cover what makes Houston Houston. Houston Matters is a public affairs show airing weekdays at noon on Houston Public Media News 88.7. Houston Public Media is licensed by the University of Houston, and supported by donations from the community.

We cover what makes Houston Houston. Houston Matters is a public affairs show airing weekdays at noon on Houston Public Media News 88.7. Houston Public Media is licensed by the University of Houston, and supported by donations from the community.
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We cover what makes Houston Houston. Houston Matters is a public affairs show airing weekdays at noon on Houston Public Media News 88.7. Houston Public Media is licensed by the University of Houston, and supported by donations from the community.

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Episodes

Full Show: Deer Park Fire Update, And Coming To Terms With The South (March 19, 2019)

3/19/2019
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On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A massive smoke cloud from the ITC Deer Park fire continues to hover over Houston. But is it a real hazard, or just an ominous visual? We bring you the latest on efforts to extinguish and limit damage from the chemical fire and what we know so far about its potential impact on air quality. Plus, we hear the latest from Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris Co. Judge Lina Hidalgo from... Read More

Duration:00:50:20

Full Show: Deer Park Chemical Fire, And Houston Airports (March 18, 2019)

3/18/2019
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On Monday's Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on the continuing fire at a Deer Park petrochemical facility. The fire has spread to include eight tanks, including some holding the chemicals naphtha and xylene, components of gasoline, and toluene, a chemical used to produce nail polish remover, glues, and paint thinner. Also this hour: Officials from the Houston Airport System answer listener questions about travel to and from the three airports in Greater Houston.... Read More

Duration:00:50:40

Full Show: Houstonians React To Mosque Shootings, And Irish Ghost Stories (March 15, 2019)

3/15/2019
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On Friday's Houston Matters: In light of the terrorist attack in New Zealand, we talk with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo about how local law enforcement reacts to incidents like this. We will also hear from Sobia Siddiqui, Communications Coordinator for Houston CAIR, as well as psychology professor Kristin Anderson from UH-Downtown. Also this hour: From growing oil exports to the college admissions scandal, our non-experts discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of... Read More

Duration:00:50:48

Full Show: Beto’s Presidential Run, Tax Prep Advice, And Steve Earle (March 14, 2019)

3/14/2019
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On Thursday's Houston Matters: Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is running for president, hoping to build on the momentum the Democrat generated in a Senate contest last year. We discuss the announcement and his chances in 2020. Also this hour: The Woodlands will host the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. A researcher involved in the event discusses his work studying the portion of our solar system beyond Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Then, like it... Read More

Duration:00:50:32

Full Show: College Admissions Scandal, And The Weekly Political Roundup (March 13, 2019)

3/13/2019
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On Wednesday's Houston Matter: Dozens of people have been indicted in the college admissions cheating scandal, including a pair of Houstonians. We get more details from News 88.7 Education reporter Laura Isensee. Also this hour: We discuss Houston losing its bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, reaction to Mayor Turner's interview regarding firefighter layoffs, and more in our weekly political roundup. Then, a new report says continued immigration is necessary for Houston's...

Duration:00:50:38

Full Show: Mayor Sylvester Turner Answers Your Questions (March 12, 2019)

3/12/2019
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On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner says the cost of Proposition B creates a significant budget issue for the city, which will likely mean layoffs of both firefighters and city employees. The mayor joins host Craig Cohen to discuss the matter along with other issues the city is facing, from hurricane preparedness, to Houston's failed bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. You can submit your questions now to talk@houstonmatters.org. Also this hour:...

Duration:00:37:45

Full Show: Texas Educators Rally At The Capitol, And CERAWeek Kicks Off (March 11, 2019)

3/11/2019
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On Monday's Houston Matters: Local educators are among the many who are marching today on the Texas capitol in the Red for Ed Texas March for public education. News 88.7's Gail Delaughter talks with Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers, about what they hope to accomplish. Also this hour: The annual Houston-based energy conference CERAWeek kicks off today. We examine Houston's role in the energy industry and what potential hazards are ahead.... Read More

Duration:00:51:18

Full Show: County-Wide Polling Places, And Ending Daylight Saving Time (March 8, 2019)

3/8/2019
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On Friday's Houston Matters: Local officials have announced charges stemming from gang-related murders. District Attorney Kim Ogg says they’re part of an ongoing investigation. News 88.7’s Florian Martin brings us the latest. And Harris County has the go-ahead to set up countywide polling places, allowing voters on Election Day to cast ballots at any open voting site -- not just one designated in their residential precinct. County Clerk Diane Trautman explains what it means for... Read More

Duration:00:50:28

Full Show: Challenges Community Colleges Face, And Surviving Sexual Abuse (March 7, 2019)

3/7/2019
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On Thursday's Houston Matters: Congressional Democrats are requesting more information about a decision not to use a NASA jet to monitor air quality after Harvey. This probe comes just days after the Los Angeles Times reported that environmental regulators declined help from the space agency in the wake of the storm. Houston area Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher signed off on the letter and tells us what she wants to learn in the coming weeks. Also this hour: San... Read More

Duration:00:49:28

Full Show: Spotting Pollution After Harvey, And Houston’s Best Pizza (March 6, 2019)

3/6/2019
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On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A state official is defending his decision to reject NASA's offer to fly a pollution-detecting plane over Houston in the aftermath of Harvey. We learn more. Also this hour: In our weekly political roundup, our experts break down the latest national, state, and local news. Then, our local food writers discuss their favorite places for pizza in the latest installment of The Full Menu. And native Houstonian Patrick Wang talks about his... Read More

Duration:00:51:14

Full Show: Disaster Funds Favor The Rich, And Lowering Blood Alcohol Limits (March 5, 2019)

3/5/2019
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On Tuesday's Houston Matters: An NPR investigation finds more federal disaster dollars are going to white and wealthy Americans than minorities and those with less wealth. Rebecca Hersher joins us to talk about her reporting for the story, much of which took place in Houston. Also this hour: We discuss proposed legislation to lower the legal blood alcohol levels in hopes of curbing alcohol-related deaths. Plus, Bob Sanborn of Children at Risk discusses the organization's annual Growing Up......

Duration:00:51:03

Full Show: Problems With The Texas Permanent School Fund, And Proposed Driving Test Changes (March 4, 2019)

3/4/2019
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On Monday's Houston Matters: The Texas Permanent School Fund is the largest education endowment in the United States, valued at $44 billion. But a new investigation from the Houston Chronicle says it’s broken, and schools are seeing less money from it than they did decades ago. We dig into the findings with investigative reporter Susan Carroll. Also this hour: We discuss a proposed bill to allow new student motorists under the age of 18 to have the Texas... Read More

Duration:00:50:41

Full Show: Pedestrian Deaths, And Covering Climate Change (Feb. 28, 2019)

2/28/2019
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On Thursday's Houston Matters: Pedestrian deaths across the country have reached their highest point in nearly three decades. We explore the Texas numbers. Also this hour: Somini Sengupta discusses what she's learned covering climate change for The New York Times. Plus, a local group is trying to identify factors Houston children face that contribute to them engaging in gun violence later in life. And we learn about efforts to protect The National Butterfly Center on the Texas-Mexico border...

Duration:00:51:13

Full Show: Harris Co. Dept. Of Education Controversy, And The Weekly Political Roundup (Feb. 27, 2019)

2/27/2019
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On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Advocates are calling on trustees with the Harris County Department of Education to reverse some recent decisions. That includes the board’s vote to fire the organization's lobbying firm. We hear one activist's concerns. Also this hour: Our local experts break down the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Plus, News 88.7's Laura Isensee examines how Texas has dealt -- or failed to deal -- with the issue of school finance reform... Read More

Duration:00:51:06

Full Show: Southern Baptist Investigation Update, And Helping Institutions Prevent Abuse (Feb. 26, 2019)

2/26/2019
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On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The Southern Baptist Convention has cleared seven out of ten churches being investigated in connection with recent reports of sexual abuse. We get an update on the situation from Houston Chronicle reporters. Also this hour: In the midst of sexual abuse scandals from established institutions like the Southern Baptist Convention and the Catholic Church, we discuss what internal policies could be adopted to protect the members of such institutions from abuse in...

Duration:00:50:28

Full Show: Cargo Plane Crash Investigation, And Houston Pet Peeves (Feb. 25, 2019)

2/25/2019
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On Monday's Houston Matters: Investigators continue to search Trinity Bay for wreckage from a Boeing 767 cargo plane that crashed Saturday killing all three aboard. We get some perspective on how the ensuing investigation is conducted and what the FBI and NTSB will be looking for. 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 peeves. And we get an... Read More

Duration:00:51:07

Full Show: Same-Sex Benefits Case, Pothole Repair, And Writer Justin Cronin (Feb. 22, 2019)

2/22/2019
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On Friday's Houston Matters: A Houston judge has thrown out a six-year-old lawsuit aimed at preventing the city from paying benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees. The city called the decision a major win. However, the two people who sued the city back in 2013 plan to appeal. Also this hour: We learn about the City of Houston's pothole repair program. Plus, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news.... Read More

Duration:00:50:38

Full Show: Mayor’s Gun Violence Commission, Jeff Skilling Released, And The Doctor Shortage In Texas (Feb. 21, 2019)

2/21/2019
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On Thursday's Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner's commission on gun violence unveiled its legislative priorities today. We find out what the commission proposes. And the Federal Bureau of Prisons has confirmed former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling was released from a halfway house Wednesday. We look back at his role in the collapse of the Houston energy giant. Also this hour: We explore efforts to address a growing doctor shortage. Then, writer Valeria Luiselli talks about her latest... Read...

Duration:00:50:47

Full Show: Crosby ISD Audit, And The Political Roundup (Feb. 20, 2019)

2/20/2019
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On Wednesday's Houston Matters: The former superintendent of Crosby ISD made a surprise appearance at the district's board meeting Tuesday night to explain how the district got into the financial situation it now faces. That came just moments before an independent audit of the school district's finances was released finding evidence of “fraudulent financial reporting.” The Houston Chronicle's Shelby Webb joins us with the latest. Also this hour: We discuss the political implications of...

Duration:00:51:00

Full Show: No-Knock Raids, And Unsung Civil Rights Leaders (Feb. 19, 2019)

2/19/2019
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On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Chief Art Acevedo says HPD will end the use of no-knock raids in most situations. That’s after a botched raid left two civilians dead and five officers injured last month. We learn more. Also this hour: During the Civil Rights movement, members of the Pentecostal denomination Church of God in Christ in Memphis largely felt their role should be not to get involved in the protests and activism of the day but to... Read More

Duration:00:50:43