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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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Episodes

Previewing The Inaugural Address And What’s Ahead For The Biden Administration (Jan. 20, 2021)

1/20/2021
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We preview President-elect Joe Biden's inaugural address, discuss the historical significance of the new officeholders (Biden will be the oldest President ever inaugurated and Kamala Harris becomes the first woman, the first African American, and the first Asian American to become Vice President), and talk about what comes next with our political analysts Brandon Rottinghaus and Nancy Sims. Our live coverage of the inauguration from NPR News begins at 10......

Duration:00:51:02

The Story Of Houston’s Murder-Solving ‘Chicano Squad’ (Jan. 19, 2021)

1/19/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The City of Houston’s COVID-19 vaccine mega center opened this past weekend in an attempt to get more people vaccinated. We find out how it went. Also this hour: Houston City Councilmember Abbie Kamin, who represents District C, answers your questions. Then, a new podcast called Chicano Squad tells the true story of an all-Latino homicide squad in Houston that began in the late 1970s that -- with little training -- was... Read More

Duration:00:50:22

Rethinking MLK’s Legacy In Light Of A Tumultuous Year (Jan. 15, 2021)

1/15/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: As the nation prepares to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, how should we view the Civil Rights leader's legacy following the tumultuous events of 2020? The Rothko Chapel will host a live-streamed event tonight at 6 to discuss Dr. King's calls late in his life for a "radical reconstruction" of the United States. Also this hour: We reflect on Operation Desert Storm 30 years after the first... Read More

Duration:00:50:21

How Flood Projects Can Do More Than Just Prevent Floods (Jan. 14, 2021)

1/14/2021
On Thursday's Houston Matters: Pres. Trump has been impeached for a second time. We discuss Wednesday’s debate and vote in the House and what we heard from Houston-area Congressional representatives. Also this hour: How flood resilience projects can do more than just help prevent floods. Plus, we examine the oil and gas-related bills going before the Texas Legislature. And retiring Houston Chronicle sportswriter David Barron reflects on his career and how Houston sports have... Read More

Duration:00:49:25

Texas Legislature Convenes Amid Trying Political Times (Jan. 12, 2021)

1/12/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The 87th Texas Legislative Session is scheduled to begin today at noon amid trying political times. We bring you the latest from Austin and preview the session. Also this hour: As the COVID-19 vaccine is slowly being administered, when should workers return to the office? And when they do, what will be different? And why former NBA player and coach Don Chaney says he would rather coach 20 years ago than... Read More

Duration:00:50:34

Why Some Minorities Are Reluctant To Get A COVID-19 Vaccine (Jan. 11, 2021)

1/11/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: We get an update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the area and discuss why some minority groups are reluctant to get the vaccine. Then, we learn about some upcoming highway projects in the area. And, from the Texans hiring a new general manager to new cheating allegations connected to former Astros, we get an update on Houston sports.

Duration:00:50:48

What Removing President Trump From Office Would Achieve (Jan. 8, 2021)

1/8/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: Lawmakers are seeking to remove President Trump from office following his supporters rioting and occupying the nation’s capitol. But what would that accomplish with less than two weeks left in his term? Also this hour: How rural doctors and medical centers are adapting to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, professionals whose livelihoods are tied to the events industry -- like photographers, DJs, and wedding planners -- discuss the challenges they face... Read...

Duration:00:49:55

Houstonians Weigh In On Violence At The US Capitol (Jan. 7, 2021)

1/7/2021
On Thursday's Houston Matters: Members of Congress reconvened Wednesday night to continue the process of certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s White House victory hours after a mob of Pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol halting the joint session. Houston experts weigh in on what happened, what happens next, and where we go from here. We welcome your thoughts about what happened and how you think we can move forward in American politics.

Duration:01:09:11

Certifying The Presidential Election Results (Jan. 6, 2021)

1/6/2021
On Wednesday's show: As Congress prepares to certify the results of the presidential election in a joint session today, Douglas Brinkley of Rice University is among a group of historians who've issued a letter saying they "deplore the effort to disrupt" that certification by Pres. Trump and others. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, in the latest installment of The Full Menu, local food writers discuss new... Read More

Duration:00:49:22

Mayor Turner Answers Your Questions About COVID-19 And Issues Facing Houston (Jan. 5, 2021)

1/5/2021
On Tuesday's show: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner answers your questions about the city's response to COVID-19 and other matters facing the city. Send your question now to talk@houstonmatters.org. Also this hour: With fewer cars on the road during the initial coronavirus shutdown, did that affect Houston’s air quality? And we discuss the enduring popularity of big band music ahead of a series of performances by the Houston Symphony Jan. 8-10.

Duration:00:50:21

Post-Holiday COVID-19 Update (Jan. 4, 2021)

1/4/2021
On Monday's show: We get an update on the COVID-19 situation in Greater Houston following the holidays. Also this hour: We offer you the first chance of the new year to vent your Houstonian pet peeves. Share yours now at talk@houstonmatters.org. And we get an update on Houston sports.

Duration:00:49:54

A Fittingly Drama-Filled Week To End A Tumultuous Year In Politics (Dec. 23, 2020)

12/23/2020
On Wednesday's show: It’s been a drama-filled week in politics – an appropriate way to close out a drama-filled 2020. We’ll talk through it all – and look ahead with the University of Houston’s Nancy Sims and Brandon Rottinghaus in our final weekly political roundup of the year. Then, in the latest installment of our film segment The Bigger Picture, we discuss how the pandemic has affected the way new films are released and... Read More

Duration:00:49:43

Congressman Al Green Answers Your Questions (Dec. 22, 2020)

12/22/2020
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: HISD recently revised its sick leave policy informing principals that unless contact tracing shows a staff member is exposed to COVID-19 on campus, educators and school staff have to quarantine at home using their personal leave. But could the district be backtracking on that? News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee has details. And a federal judge in Houston Tuesday is hearing arguments over the DACA program. The hearing stems from... Read More

Duration:00:50:23

How Low Attendance Could Cost Texas Public Schools Millions (Dec. 21, 2020)

12/21/2020
On Monday's Houston Matters: Public school budgets in Texas are determined by attendance, and since the pandemic attendance has dropped significantly in many districts. Local schools now face losing millions due to low attendance if the state does not extend a provision in the upcoming legislative session. Also throughout the hour: We remember some of the many Houstonians lost to COVID-19, part of a special project from News 88.7 called Not Forgotten. Then: Why... Read More

Duration:00:50:49

What The Biden Administration Could Mean For Education (Dec. 18, 2020)

12/18/2020
On Friday's Houston Matters: Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht talks with News 88.7’s Jen Rice about the status of a state moratorium on evictions. Also this hour: What the Biden administration could mean for education in Houston and across the nation. It’s the fifth installment in a week of conversations about what the new administration might mean for Greater Houston. Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the... Read More

Duration:00:50:09

What The Biden Administration Might Mean For The Houston Economy (Dec. 17, 2020)

12/17/2020
On Thursday's Houston Matters: We discuss what the incoming Biden administration could mean for the local economy. It’s the fourth installment in a week of conversations about what the new administration might mean for Greater Houston. Also this hour: We learn what a recent $50 million donation to Prairie View A&M University will mean for the historically black institution. And we talk with incoming Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee about his new job and issues... Read More

Duration:00:50:25

How The Biden Administration Might Impact The Pandemic And Health Care (Dec. 16, 2020)

12/16/2020
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Remember car shows? Boat shows? They’re big business -- but nonexistent amid the pandemic. And that’s bad news for workers, vendors, and cities like Houston that rely on revenue they generate. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, we examine how the incoming Biden administration might affect the COVID-19 pandemic and the health care industry. It's the third installment in a week of conversations... Read More

Duration:00:50:55

Teachers Protest Over Conditions, Testing, And Funding Amid The Pandemic (Dec. 15, 2020)

12/15/2020
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Local teachers held a vigil and protest Monday calling for state officials to suspend STAAR exams, resume virtual learning, and make public school funding a priority in the next legislative session. The vigil and protest came on the eve of the latest in a string of “sick outs” by teachers in recent months in communities across the country, including one here back in October. News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee talks... Read More

Duration:00:51:02

What The Biden Administration Could Mean For Houston’s Energy Sector (Dec. 14, 2020)

12/14/2020
On Monday's Houston Matters: Area hospitals are among the first receiving doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine today. The FDA authorized the vaccine for emergency use Friday. We learn more. And residents in Houston City Council District B elected Tarsha Jackson to represent them on Council on Saturday, in a long-awaited runoff against Cynthia Bailey. How long? More than a year. Also this hour: How might the Biden administration affect Houston's energy industry? We talk... Read More

Duration:00:49:25

The Economic Benefits Of Legalizing Marijuana (Dec. 11, 2020)

12/11/2020
On Friday's Houston Matters: On the way out the door, the Trump administration has been quietly changing some environmental processes and rules. We discuss them with Elena Craft from the Environmental Defense Fund. Also this hour: We discuss the potential economic benefits of Texas legalizing marijuana and some other currently illegal activities. Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. And Houston director Michelle Mower discusses her... Read More

Duration:00:51:04