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Houston Matters is a radio program airing weekdays at 9 am on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM in Houston. During each hour, we’ll investigate the issues and ideas, people and places that make Houston…well…Houston! We’ll talk about current events, politics, education, health care, the environment, business, transportation, arts and culture, literature, sports and leisure. But we also hope that what we do each day on Houston Matters serves as the beginning of a conversation — one we hope you’ll continue here, at home, at work, with family, with friends and neighbors. We hope to introduce Houstonians to one another, to celebrate our diversity, and to engage one another through stories and conversations that demonstrate depth and context. Just the sort of thing you count on from public media.

Houston Matters is a radio program airing weekdays at 9 am on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM in Houston. During each hour, we’ll investigate the issues and ideas, people and places that make Houston…well…Houston! We’ll talk about current events, politics, education, health care, the environment, business, transportation, arts and culture, literature, sports and leisure. But we also hope that what we do each day on Houston Matters serves as the beginning of a conversation — one we hope you’ll continue here, at home, at work, with family, with friends and neighbors. We hope to introduce Houstonians to one another, to celebrate our diversity, and to engage one another through stories and conversations that demonstrate depth and context. Just the sort of thing you count on from public media.

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Houston Matters is a radio program airing weekdays at 9 am on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM in Houston. During each hour, we’ll investigate the issues and ideas, people and places that make Houston…well…Houston! We’ll talk about current events, politics, education, health care, the environment, business, transportation, arts and culture, literature, sports and leisure. But we also hope that what we do each day on Houston Matters serves as the beginning of a conversation — one we hope you’ll continue here, at home, at work, with family, with friends and neighbors. We hope to introduce Houstonians to one another, to celebrate our diversity, and to engage one another through stories and conversations that demonstrate depth and context. Just the sort of thing you count on from public media.

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English

Contact:

713-440-8870


Episodes

Why Texas is always at the center of controversy (Oct. 21, 2021)

10/21/2021
On Thursday's Houston Matters: NPR's John Burnett joins us to talk about his recent visit to the Port of Houston to learn about the global supply chain crisis. Also this hour: Immigration, abortion, education, the environment – seems like, no matter what the topic, whatever controversy has reared its head, Texas is at the center of it. Does that get old after a while? Can’t some other state be the test case for, well, everything? We talk it over and take your comments. And local author...

Duration:00:45:08

The week in politics, deleting Facebook, & Jonathan Franzen (Oct. 20, 2021)

10/20/2021
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We discuss all the latest news in our weekly politcal roundup. Also this hour: Do the benefits of social media outweigh its potential negatives? And author Jonathan Franzen discusses his new novel, Crossroads, and explains why he loves visiting Texas – even though his latest visit to Houston for an event with Inprint Oct. 25 will be a virtual one.

Duration:00:45:08

Tarsha Jackson, Paula Poundstone, & Jennifer Mathieu (Oct. 19, 2021)

10/19/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: City Council member Tarsha Jackson answers your questions about issues affecting city government. Also this hour: We talk with comedian and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! panelist Paula Poundstone. She performs at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston on Oct. 30. And local writer Jennifer Mathieu talks about her latest young adult novel, Bad Girls Never Say Die. It's a retelling of The Outsiders with female characters.

Duration:00:44:56

The pandemic’s effect on Latinx youth, & the health of Galveston Bay (Oct. 18, 2021)

10/18/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: A new study from a University of Houston professor explores the impact the pandemic has had on Hispanic/Latinx youth from their perspective. It’s a follow up to a study from the spring. We learn more. Also this hour: We get an update on the health of Galveston Bay and efforts to learn more about future industrial runoff risks. And we get an update on the Astros in the ALCS and other developments in sports.

Duration:00:45:39

A lawsuit against Harris County, & the good, bad, & ugly of the week (Oct. 15, 2021)

10/15/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn why the union for Harris County law enforcement has filed a lawsuit against the county. Also this hour: We break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week. And we bid farewell to longtime News 88.7 reporter Florian Martin.

Duration:00:49:56

Fired for not getting vaccinated, & types of Mexican cuisine (Oct. 14, 2021)

10/14/2021
On Thursday's Houston Matters: State lawmakers are considering a bill that would let people fired for refusing the get a COVID-19 vaccine to sue their former employers. This, of course, could have repercussions for a number of businesses in the Houston area. We talk with News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider about the hearing, and whether this bill is likely to pass. Also this hour: Jason Woods, aka DJ Flash Gordon Parks, is a living encyclopedia of Houston music history. We talk with him about...

Duration:00:39:42

Vaccine mandate ban, & the week in politics (Oct. 13, 2021)

10/13/2021
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Local leaders and businesses are pushing back against Gov. Greg Abbott’s new executive order banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates — this time banning any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from requiring vaccinations from employees or customers. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, we discuss the future of downtown with Bob Eury, the outgoing president of the downtown revitalization organization Central...

Duration:00:49:16

Mayor’s Reversal On Housing Deal, Greg Travis, & Growth in Katy (Oct. 12, 2021)

10/12/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner is reversing course on a controversial housing contract. We learn more from News 88.7's Jen Rice. Also this hour: Houston City Council Member Greg Travis discusses issues facing the city. You can send questions now to talk@houstonmatters.org. Then, we discuss some recent growth in the Katy area and what it signals about what is drawing Houstonians to live in communities like it. And Houston-based artist Joni Zavitsanos has created a...

Duration:00:49:23

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Immigration Enforcement, & Houston Bugs (Oct. 11, 2021)

10/11/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez discusses efforts to curb street racing and other law enforcement issues. Also this hour: We discuss how the Biden administration is handling immigration enforcement differently since coming to power. Then, bug expert Erin Mills of the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land answers your questions. And we get an update on the Astros playoff series against the White Sox and other Houston sports stories.

Duration:00:49:47

Controversial development deal goes unaddressed, and a different way to handle redistricting (Oct. 8, 2021)

10/8/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner’s handling of a development deal went unaddressed at a special council meeting yesterday that focused on the housing department’s budget. News 88.7’s Jen Rice fills us in on what happened. Also this hour: With the process of redrawing Texas Congressional maps underway, we examine a different way of handling it altogether. Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week. And we preview a conversation about how – and what...

Duration:00:50:30

Houston’s environmental failures, vegan and vegetarian restaurants, and Latino rap (Oct. 7, 2021)

10/7/2021
On Thursday's show: Houston sometimes struggles to get out of its own way environmentally. There were a couple notable examples Wednesday. First, in the morning, an oil spill at the Marathon Galveston Bay Refinery in Texas City – just the latest in a series of leaks and spills nationwide recently. Later Wednesday, Air Alliance Houston released a new report finding public transit use is way down in the region. Refinery accidents, our car-centric culture -- they have a cumulative effect. We...

Duration:00:50:30

Complaints about new Congressional maps, & the week in politics (Oct. 6, 2021)

10/6/2021
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Two area members of Congress have weighed in on draft district maps in the state's redistricting process. It's safe to say they’re not happy. News 88.7's Andrew Schneider explains. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup with University of Houston political scientists Jeronimo Cortina and Brandon Rottinghaus, co-hosts of Houston Public Media's Party Politics program. New episodes debut this week and can be heard Fridays at...

Duration:00:50:50

Tiffany Thomas, Rita Moreno, & Marvin Zindler’s archives (Oct. 5, 2021)

10/5/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Houston City Council Member Tiffany Thomas answers your questions about issues facing the city. Also this hour: She’s received an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony – despite constant efforts to typecast her. We revisit a 2014 conversation with Rita Moreno, who discusses her career and her work advocating for the arts. The PBS series American Masters profiles Moreno tonight at 8 on Houston Public Media, TV 8. And we learn about items in an archive at the...

Duration:00:49:51

What’s your pet peeve about life in Houston? (Oct. 4, 2021)

10/4/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: We get the latest COVID-19 numbers and trends from the Houston Health Authority, Dr. David Persse. Also this hour: We offer you your monthly opportunity to vent about your pet peeves about life in Housotn. And we get an update on Houston sports.

Duration:00:50:33

Marchers plan to demonstrate for women’s rights Saturday (Oct. 1, 2021)

10/1/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: We get an update on developments in Congress regarding the infrastructure bill and avoiding a government shutdown. And we preview the November election here in Texas, with the deadline to register to vote coming up on Monday. Also this hour: We talk with a local organizer of the Houston Women’s March, which will be one of many taking place around the country on Saturday regarding reproductive rights. Then, we talk with Michael López-Alegría from the...

Duration:00:52:04

Dealing With Abandoned Oil & Gas Wells, And Helping Artists Of Color (Sept. 30, 2021)

9/30/2021
On Thursday's Houston Matters: Texas State Senators are angry about a power grid winterization loophole for natural gas companies that was built into a law they approved this year. We discuss what exactly it means and the response from the Texas Railroad Commission. Also this hour: The current iteration of Pres. Biden’s infrastructure bill proposes spending $4.7 billion on decommissioning orphaned oil and gas wells. These are oil well sites that were operated by companies that became...

Duration:00:50:04

How Proposed Redrawing Of Texas Congressional Districts Could Affect Houston (Sept. 29, 2021)

9/29/2021
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Texas lawmakers have released their first draft of a new congressional map clearly aimed at protecting GOP incumbents and reducing Democrats’ influence in the state. News 88.7's Andrew Schneider walks us through the specifics of how exactly this new map could affect Houston-area districts, constituents, and representatives. Also this hour: Local experts react to the draft redistricting maps, efforts to avoid a government shutdown over the debt ceiling, and...

Duration:00:50:28

Remembering Texas Feminist Sissy Farenthold (Sept. 28, 2021)

9/28/2021
On Tuesday's show: We remember Sissy Farenthold, one of the most prominent feminists in the Lone Star state and the nation. She died Sunday at age 94. Also this hour: Houston City Councilmember Martha Castex-Tatum answers questions about issues facing the city. Then, Connor Towne O'Neill, one of the producers of the NPR podcast White Lies, discusses his book Down Along with That Devil's Bones. It examines the nation’s reckoning with Confederate monuments through the lens of the fight...

Duration:00:49:12

Texas Passes The 4 Million COVID-19 Case Mark (Sept. 27, 2021)

9/27/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: There have been four million COVID-19 cases in Texas since the beginning of the pandemic. That news comes as booster shots become available for some 60 million older or at-risk Americans who received the Pfizer vaccine. We discuss those and other developments with Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Also this hour: This week, the PBS series American Experience presents Citizen Hearst, a two-part...

Duration:00:50:45

How Schools Are Handling COVID (Sept. 24, 2021)

9/24/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: We examine how local schools are handling COVID-19 this fall in the classroom. Also this hour: We get an update on efforts to reform the state's foster care system. Then, from a very narrow house selling for top dollar, to homecoming mums from Chili's, we discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. And we meet Rice University swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger, who won a silver medal at the Paralympics.

Duration:00:48:05