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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

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713-440-8870


Episodes

Canceling classes to address teacher burnout, and how trains serve Houston (Jan. 28, 2022)

1/28/2022
On Friday's show: Aldine ISD is canceling classes the next three Fridays in order to help deal with teacher burnout. We learn more. And Former President Donald Trump is speaking at a pair of events in Houston and Conroe this weekend. Also this hour: We talk about trains in Houston -- the many ways the rails serve our region, from freight to mass transit. Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week. And we learn more about the city's lone food co-op, Central City...

Duration:00:48:28

Holocaust survivor Ruth Steinfeld (Jan. 27, 2022)

1/27/2022
On Thursday's show: We learn about some new personnel in major roles within the county, including a new director of the Harris County Flood Control District, a new county engineer, and a new budget director. Also this hour: On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Houston resident Ruth Steinfeld shares her story of surviving the Holocaust as a child in Germany. Both of her parents died at Auschwitz, but she and her sister survived in hiding in France. Last October, Steinfeld was...

Duration:00:48:06

Methane emissions, and the week in politics (Jan. 26, 2022)

1/26/2022
On Wednesday's show: Are methane emissions leaking from oil and gas facilities in the Permian Basin worse than we thought? We take a look at some data. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, for the first time, two annual Houston events have joined forces to create The Houston Auto & Boat Show, the nation’s largest event of its kind. The show begins today at NRG Center and runs through the weekend. And we meet a man who helps refugees who've...

Duration:00:48:25

New efforts to combat antisemitism (Jan. 25, 2022)

1/25/2022
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn about new anti-hate measures from the Harris County DA. Also this hour: Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin, who represents District E on city council, joins us to discuss issues facing the city and to answer your questions. Then, we discuss changing ideas about college affordability and financial aid. And the TV show Texas Country Reporter turns 50 this year. We talk with longtime host Bob Phillips, who has a recent book called A Good Long Drive.

Duration:00:48:45

How the news covers COVID-19 (Jan. 24, 2022)

1/24/2022
On Monday's Houston Matters: How concerned should we be about new COVID variants? Dr. Wesley Long from Houston Methodist joins us to talk about identifying new variants and drug-resistant bacteria. Then we chat with News 88.7’s Caroline Love about testing and vaccinating the homeless population. Also this hour: We discuss how news organizations cover COVID-19, speficially reporting on case numbers and how that can sometimes be confusing. Then, a local expert on Alzheimer's Disease...

Duration:00:48:01

The rising cost of housing (Jan. 21, 2022)

1/21/2022
On Friday's show: In December, the median price for a single-family home in Houston hit an all-time high of $319,000. And apartment rents are up sharply. What's leading to this stark rise in house prices? Also this hour: A pair of Houston therapists, Eliza Boquin and Eboni Harris, talk about ways the mental health field can improve how it serves people of color. They cofounded the website Melanin and Mental Health to try and bridge those gaps. It's the second of a two-part series from I...

Duration:00:47:33

Is the power grid ready for another blast of winter weather? (Jan. 20, 2022)

1/20/2022
On Thursday's show: Temperatures have plummeted across Greater Houston as a cold front has descended on the area. We get the latest forecast from Eric Berger of Space City Weather. And we discuss whether the state's energy grid is prepared for another blast of cold weather almost a year after the deadly massive power failure across Texas. Also this hour: We learn about a program at Alief ISD that's helping new immigrants learn English and acclimate to the United States. Then Dwight...

Duration:00:49:39

Why oil prices have spiked and what it means for Houston (Jan. 19, 2022)

1/19/2022
On Wednesday's show: We discuss why oil prices have spiked to their highest point since 2014. And Houston is getting a new non-profit news organization. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, we revisit a 2018 conversation about how Southern Blacks fared here in Texas during Reconstruction and under Jim Crow. And actor Chris Salazar from the Alley Theatre talks about how COVID-19 forced him to learn a new role last-minute.

Duration:00:48:52

Do past COVID infections mean you don’t need a vaccine? (Jan. 18, 2022)

1/18/2022
On Tuesday's show: At some point over the last two years of the pandemic, you or someone you know has more than likely come down with a mild infection of COVID-19. We know getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, but does natural immunity developed from a previous infection provide anywhere near the same protection as a vaccine? And what kind of immunity do people really have after recovering from a COVID infection? Also this hour: State Rep. Gene Wu joins us to talk...

Duration:00:47:49

How inflation affects Houstonians (Jan. 14, 2022)

1/14/2022
On Friday's Houston Matters: Prices are up for lots of things nationwide. We discuss what it means for Houston-area consumers. Also this hour: We mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the civil war in El Salvador and talk about what it means for Salvadorans who resettled here. Plus: Discussing mental health with actor, director, and author David Harewood in an excerpt from this week's edition of I See U with Eddie Robinson. And we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

Duration:00:48:25

Adding more prosecutors, staying in flood-prone areas, and actor Kal Penn (Jan. 13, 2022)

1/13/2022
On Thursday's show: Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg appeared before county commissioners to request additional funding to hire 82 new prosecutors. She joins us to discuss why. Also this hour: A new book called In Too Deep follows the lives of a group of Houston mothers in a neighborhood that has repeatedly suffered catastrophic flooding and explores how that affects them and their childen. We talk with its author, Rice University sociologist Rachel Tolbert Kimbro. Then, local...

Duration:00:49:08

Why COVID hospitalization rates among children are at their highest (Jan. 12, 2022)

1/12/2022
On Wednesday's show: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 hospitalization rates among children are at their highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. So, why is the omicron surge hitting children differently than past surges? Also this hour: We discuss Pres. Biden's new voting rights initiative and other developments in our weekly political roundup. Then, writer and poet Roya Hakakian talks about her experience coming to America from Iran as a teenager...

Duration:00:49:24

Colleges look to contain COVID as classes resume (Jan. 11, 2022)

1/11/2022
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Colleges around the area are starting their spring semesters amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, a surge serious enough for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to raise the county’s COVID alert level to red – it’s highest level. We learn how some area colleges and universities are handling the return to campus. And the Houston area is set to get another round of federal rent relief funding this year. But it's not nearly as much as local officials hoped to receive....

Duration:00:48:36

How omicron is affecting Houston restaurants and events (Jan. 10, 2022)

1/10/2022
On Monday's Houston Matters: The swiftly spreading omicron variant has led to cancellations of performances across Houston, and even some restaurants closing. We get updates on each. Also this hour: The Texas Railroad Commission has banned a method of water disposal associated with fracking because of its link to earthquakes in the state. Then, veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers your questions. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.

Duration:00:48:51

When will omicron plateau? (Jan. 7, 2022)

1/7/2022
On Friday's show: The omicron variant of the COVID virus continues to upend daily life. Studies suggest that it isn’t as severe as other variants, but it is much more transmissible. The positivity rate and seven-day average of new cases is higher than at any point in the pandemic so far. And more cases means more hospitalizations. So, how much worse can this new wave get, and when will it plateau? The City of Houston's health authority Dr. David Persse joins us with answers. Also this...

Duration:00:49:43

The legacy of the Capitol insurrection, and astronaut Eileen Collins (Jan. 6, 2022)

1/6/2022
On Thursday's Houston Matters: On the anniversary of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, we reflect on what took place and check in on some of the criminal cases of Texans and Houstonians accused of being involved. And we talk with the producer of the documentary Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union, which chronicles the history of the democratic system from its origins to the present and addresses political divisiveness and threats to democracy around the world. Also...

Duration:00:49:12

Teacher shortages, the week in politics, and NPR’s Ari Shapiro (Jan. 5, 2022)

1/5/2022
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: As many students are returning to campus this week after the holiday break, we examine how school districts are addressing the need for substitute teachers while simultaneously dealing with a teacher shortage amid the ongoing pandemic. Also this hour: Pres. Biden has re-nominated Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez for the top job at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. But will that bring him any closer to an actual confirmation vote? We discuss that...

Duration:00:49:20

How omicron is affecting kids (Jan. 4, 2022)

1/4/2022
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: With kids returning to school after the holiday break and news that the Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a Pfizer-BioNTech booster in those ages 12-15, a local pediatrician discusses how the omicron variant is affecting kids. Also this hour: Harris County Commissioner Adrian Garcia answers your questions. Then, we discuss how to know when you're burned out at your job and what to do about it with Dr. Aneika Simmons of Sam Houston...

Duration:00:49:38

Hopes and goals and for a new year in Houston (Jan. 3, 2022)

1/3/2022
On Monday's Houston Matters: A new year brings new hopes…and ongoing concerns about the pandemic. With daily new infection numbers that broke records in recent days and concerns about a dwindling supply of an antibody treatment that’s most effective against the omicron variant, we get an update on the fight against the coronavirus in Greater Houston. Then: the hopes. We offer you a chance to share your hopes and goals for 2022 in your life and for Greater Houston at large. And we get an...

Duration:00:49:21

The Top Ten Houston Stories of 2021 — Part 2 (Dec. 23, 2021)

12/23/2021
This week, Houston Matters presents its Top Ten Houston Stories of 2021, a countdown of the most consequential issues and events that affected Houstonians this year. Some stories took place here in Houston. Others occurred statewide, across the nation, or around the world. But they all had a real impact on the Houston area. On today’s edition: Our top five stories of the year.

Duration:00:51:05