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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

Why the new Texas social media censorship law was halted — for now (Dec. 3, 2021)

12/3/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new Texas law set to go into effect this week that would've allowed users banned from social media platforms for their political views to sue for reinstatement. News 88.7's Andrew Schneider explains House Bill 20 and why it was halted. Also this hour: Recent analysis from the Houston Chronicle found that Katy ISD blocks websites of certain organizations serving LGBTQ+ children, including a suicide prevention hotline....

Duration:00:48:51

The job forecast for Houston, and Enron 20 years later (Dec. 2, 2021)

12/2/2021
On Thursdays Houston Matters: We learn what the job market in Houston might look like next year from the Greater Houston Partnership. Also this hour: We reflect on the lessons learned from the collapse of Enron 20 years later with journalist Bethany McLean, co-author of the book The Smartest Guys in the Room. Plus: We listen back to a conversation with the late Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, who passed away last week. And local food writers discuss Houston's best new...

Duration:00:50:02

The omicron variant’s threat to Houston (Nov. 30, 2021)

11/30/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss what we know -- and what we don't -- about the omicron variant of COVID-19 and what threat it poses to Houston. Also this hour: Want to be a successful entrepreneur? Well, you should probably go to school in Houston. That's because, for the third straight year, the entrepreneurship program at the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business has been named the top undergraduate program of its kind in the nation. And Rice University’s...

Duration:00:48:37

HISD board runoffs, and how Houston changed sports (Nov. 29, 2021)

11/29/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: Early voting begins today as voters will decide four HISD trustee races that have been forced into runoffs. We take a closer look at some of the issues at play. MORE: League of Women Voters of Houston Voter's Guide Also this hour: From March Madness to women’s professional tennis, we learn how Houston has changed the landscape of sports for the rest of the nation. It's the subject of the book The Sports Revolution. Then, actress Natalie Wood died on this...

Duration:00:48:56

The week in politics, and the World Table Tennis Championships (Nov. 24, 2021)

11/24/2021
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Pres. Biden plans to dip into the nation's emergency oil reserves in the coming months in order to bring down high gas prices. And Rep. Louie Gohmert is joining the race to challenge Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in an already crowded primary. We discuss those stories and other developments in politics. Also this hour: The hosts of our Party Politics program talk about the political stories they’re thankful for this year. Then, in lieu of our monthly...

Duration:00:48:48

A chef’s advice for preparing your Thanksgiving feast (Nov. 23, 2021)

11/23/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Two men who worked as security guards at Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival have filed a lawsuit against concert organizers saying security companies at the event failed to properly train and supervise employees during the event that left ten people dead and 25 hospitalized. Wee hear some of what they have to say. Also this hour: Millions of Americans are expected to take to the roads this week to head to Thanksgiving gatherings, and they won’t all be...

Duration:00:49:24

Interviews we’re thankful for (Nov. 22, 2021)

11/22/2021
On Monday's show: With Thanksgiving just days away, we continue one of our annual Turkey Day traditions. Members of the Houston Matters team have picked interviews from the past year or so produced by another member of the team for which they're thankful, and we'll listen back on them. This hour we revisit a conversation with actor Jim Parsons about growing up in Houston and his movie The Boys in the Band. We listen back to a conversation with former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who made the...

Duration:00:48:08

HISD Superintendent Millard House (Nov. 19, 2021)

11/19/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: HISD Superintendent Millard House II joins us to discuss issues affecting students, educators, and parents at the state's largest school district. You can submit your questions now to talk@houstonmatters.org. Also this hour: Our group of non-experts breaks down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week. And Houston Contemporary Dance Company will hold a performance called Terra Firma on Saturday at The Hobby Center. It’s the company's first time back on...

Duration:00:51:09

COVID and the holidays, & the importance of being uncomfortable (Nov. 18, 2021)

11/18/2021
On Thursday's Houston Matters: Many of us will travel over Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow. How might it impact the state of the pandemic? We talk it over with Dr. James McDeavitt from Baylor College of Medicine. Also this hour: On this date in 1978, 900 people died at The Peoples Temple in Jonestown, a settlement in the South American jungle of Guyana, in an act carried out by followers of cult leader Jim Jones. The shocking event had a Houston connection, as our Michael...

Duration:00:50:28

The week in politics, and actor Brent Spiner (Nov. 17, 2021)

11/17/2021
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We discuss Beto O'Rourke’s gubernatorial candidacy and other developments in politics with analysts Jeronimo Cortina and Renee Cross from the University of Houston. Also this hour: Michael Hagerty talks with Star Trek’s Data himself -- actor and Houston native Brent Spiner -- about his new book called Fan Fiction. And Houstonians talk about some of the interesting things they collect.

Duration:00:48:38

Certifying the municipal election, and Council Member Letitia Plummer (Nov. 16, 2021)

11/16/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Harris County Commissioners held two votes on Monday we think you’d be interested in. One was unanimous, calling for an independent review of planning for outdoor concerts at NRG Park in the wake of the deadly crowd surge at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival concert ten days ago. The other vote was simply to confirm this month’s local election results — it was not unanimous. News 88.7’s politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider joins us with...

Duration:00:49:17

Redesigning Houston for people and not cars (Nov. 15, 2021)

11/15/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: Friday was the deadline imposed by a state lawmaker and candidate for Texas Attorney General, who asked some school districts whether they had certain books in their libraries. We discuss what motivated the request and how schools have responded. Also this hour: This week, the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability is hosting its second annual virtual Houston Climate Week. The conference will update the public on the implementation of the Resilient...

Duration:00:49:02

How highway projects disproportionately displace minorities (Nov. 12, 2021)

11/12/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: A new investigation from the Los Angeles Times reveals how large highway projects nationwide -- including here in Houston -- take a disproportionate toll on Black and Hispanic communities. We talk with two reporters involved about what they found. Also this hour: Kam Franklin, lead singer of The Suffers, talks about her experience at the Astroworld festival last weekend where nine people died. And she talks about her recent solo work, including her new single...

Duration:00:49:17

The Ion development agreement, and a veteran helps resettle Afghan refugees (Nov. 11, 2021)

11/11/2021
On Thursday's show: City council members have overwhelmingly approved an agreement with the developers of the Ion innovation district despite two years of pushback from community organizers and neighbors who are concerned about the massive development’s potential gentrification impact on the historically Black Third Ward area. News 88.7's Jen Rice explains what the vote means. Also this hour: Plans for the East River development in the East End. Plus, on this Veterans Day, Houston Army...

Duration:00:49:44

Dealing with the trauma of the Astroworld tragedy (Nov. 10, 2021)

11/10/2021
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A local psychologist offers context and advice on dealing with trauma after events like the tragedy last weekend at the Astroworld music festival. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, a 13-year-old boy in the foster care system talks about his desire to be adopted. And we learn about the need for older kids like him (ages 11-17) to be adopted -- and what it does for their future -- from representatives of the...

Duration:00:49:27

Who’s liable for Astroworld deaths (Nov. 9, 2021)

11/9/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Lawsuits have already been filed after Friday’s deadly incident at the Travis Scott concert at NRG Park. More could be on the way. From a legal standpoiint, who could be liable -- and for what? Also this hour: City Council Member Edward Pollard answers your questions. And the gap between Black and white home ownership is wider today than it was 50 years ago. Why?

Duration:00:48:24

Making sense of the Astroworld tragedy (Nov. 8, 2021)

11/8/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: The investigation continues into Friday night’s deadly incident at Travis Scott’s sold-out Astroworld Festival concert at NRG Park, where a crowd among some 50,000 surged toward the stage during the rapper’s set. In the ensuing crush, at least eight people died and another two dozen were hospitalized. The dead range in age from 14 to 27 years old. We hear some accounts of what happened from people who attended the concert. We talk with Abbie Kamin, the chair...

Duration:00:50:10

Rent relief deadline, police searches, and Houston’s first sit-in (Nov. 5, 2021)

11/5/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: The application period for rent relief in Texas ends tomorrow. We learn what’s next for renters in need. Also, an investigation finds that police in Texas initiate a lot of vehicle searches that turn up nothing. We learn why. Also this hour: The story of Houston’s first sit-in lunch counter protest of the Civil Rights movement and Eldrewey Stearns, its often-troubled leader. Then, we discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week. And we discuss the...

Duration:00:50:31

Kids and the COVID vaccine, and Houston’s best Italian restaurants (Nov. 4, 2021)

11/4/2021
On Thursday's Houston Matters: The CDC has approved Pfizer’s low-dose COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. And so the rollout has begun. Houston area parents have questions – we seek answers from a pediatrician. Also this hour: With hundreds of cancelled flights of late and a pandemic still ongoing, what will the holiday travel season look like this year? Then, in this month's installment of The Full Menu, local food writers discuss their favorite places for Italian cuisine in...

Duration:00:48:29

Recapping the World Series, and results from Election Day (Nov. 3, 2021)

11/3/2021
On Wednesday's show: The Astros’ World Series run is over after falling last night 7-0 to the Braves in Game 6 at Minute Maid Park. Atlanta won its first championship since 1995. We discuss what happened and reflect on another historic season in what will surely be remembered as the Golden Age of Astros baseball. Also this hour: We discuss the results from Election Day and mull over the latest news in our weekly political roundup. And technology writer Dwight Silverman discusses the...

Duration:00:49:33