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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

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

The Top Ten Houston Stories of 2021 — Part 1 (Dec. 22, 2021)

12/22/2021
On Wednesday and Thursday, Houston Matters will present 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: Stories ten through six. And tomorrow we present our top five.

Duration:00:49:55

Omicron fuels COVID concerns as Christmas approaches (Dec. 21, 2021)

12/21/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Some events, performances, and sporting events in Greater Houston are being cancelled this week amid concerns over COVID numbers, which have been fueled by the omicron variant. As holiday gatherings ramp up this week as we approach Christmas, what should you and your family consider when it comes to staying safe and healthy this holiday season? Also this hour: Next summer, Dr. Reginald DesRoches will take over as the next president of Rice University. He...

Duration:00:48:13

Harris County DA Kim Ogg (Dec. 20, 2021)

12/20/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg discusses matters of criminal justice and takes your questions. Also this hour: Veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers questions about the health of your beloved dog or cat companion. And we get an update on Houston sports from writer Jeff Balke.

Duration:00:48:54

Is the omicron variant triggering another COVID wave in Houston? (Dec. 17, 2021)

12/17/2021
On Friday's Houston Matters: With concerns that the fast-spreading omicron variant could be triggering another COVID-19 wave in the area, we check in with City of Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse. Also this hour: Last week, a Corpus Christi jury awarded $301 billion -- yes BILLION -- in a lawsuit brought against a local sports bar for overserving a man who wound up killing himself and two others in a 2017 drunk driving accident. What’s the value of such an over-the-top award?...

Duration:00:49:45

Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck (Dec. 16, 2021)

12/16/2021
On Thursday's Houston Matters: A new report just out from the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty notes this year’s historically low levels of death penalty sentences and executions. And much of Greater Houston’s public health concerns (during the pandemic and otherwise) are served by two agencies: the Harris County Department of Public Health and the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services. And while those two agencies in some ways serve different populations in...

Duration:00:50:55

Can technology fill the void where more police officers are needed? (Dec. 15, 2021)

12/15/2021
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: City Council is poised to vote today on a contract to implement ShotSpotter – technology that identifies when and where shots are fired and alerts police. We learn how it works, discuss lingering concerns, and consider whether it can fill the void of additional law enforcement personnel the city can’t afford. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, delays and design flaws (such as what's taking place with the...

Duration:00:51:02

How omicron is affecting Houston hospitals (Dec. 14, 2021)

12/14/2021
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Last week, nine cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 were detected at Houston Methodist Hospital. That news came just two days after Harris County confirmed the first case of the variant in the area. So, what are Houston area hospitals experiencing now? We ask Dr. Annamaria Macaluso Davidson from the Memorial Hermann Hospital System. Also this hour: Houston City Council Member Abbie Kamin discusses issues facing the city and answers your questions. Then,...

Duration:00:49:25

The latest on state and federal challenges to the Texas abortion law (Dec. 13, 2021)

12/13/2021
On Monday's Houston Matters: In a ruling late last week, the U.S. Supreme Court said that Texas abortion providers can sue over the state’s controversial new law banning most abortions but allowed the law itself to remain in effect. And that wasn’t the only court ruling last week over the law. We learn the latest on the ongoing state and federal challenges to it. Also this hour: A new investigation by the Houston Chronicle shows how much religious leaders in Texas are avoiding in taxes on...

Duration:00:49:48