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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

An early uptick in flu cases, and how ‘The West Wing’ influenced real-life politics (Sept. 27, 2022)

9/27/2022
On Tuesday's show: The Houston area is seeing a rise in cases earlier than anticipated for the flu season. Dr. Wesley Long of Houston Methodist outlines what we should know. Also this hour: The television series The West Wing inspired a whole generation to engage in the world of politics, but did it establish unrealistic expectations? We ask University of Houston political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus, who uses clips from the show in his classes. Then we meet Jennifer Hamburg,...

Duration:00:49:43

Tropical weather, and why the state continues to investigate transgender youth and their families (Sept. 26, 2022)

9/26/2022
On Monday's show: A tropical depression developing in the Caribbean Sea could become a serious hurricane threat for that region. But how likely is it to hit the continental United States? And could this storm derail the next Artemis launch attempt? We talk it over with Space City Weather meteorologist Eric Berger. Also this hour: Whe learn why Texas continues to investigate transgender kids and their families for potential child abuse despite a court ruling temporarily halting the...

Duration:00:48:54

Texans’ thoughts on gun laws, and the composer behind the films ‘Get Out’ and ‘Us’ (Sept. 23, 2022)

9/23/2022
On Friday's show: A new survey from the University of Houston and Texas Southern University suggests most Texans agree on certain restrictions on guns. We learn what those are. Also this hour: Composer Michael Abels, who's best known for composing the scores for Jordan Peele's movies Get Out, Us, and Nope, joins us in studio to talk about his work and the new guitar concerto he created for ROCO, which will be performed in two shows tonight and Saturday at Miller Outdoor Theatre by...

Duration:00:48:38

Houston’s housing market as interest rates climb, and violinist Joshua Bell (Sept. 22, 2022)

9/22/2022
On Thursday's show: We discuss the current state of Houston’s housing market as interest rates continue to rise. Also this hour: Violinist Joshua Bell talks about his performances this weekend with the Houston Symphony. Then, does Hispanic Heritage Month offer economic benefits to Houston's Hispanic-owned businesses? Dr. Laura Murillo from the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce talks it over. And we learn about a recent bus tour that visited Houston aimed at empowering young Black...

Duration:00:49:36

Gun rights for those under indictment, the week in politics, and Debbie Allen (Sept. 21, 2022)

9/21/2022
On Wednesday's show: In a ruling this week, a Texas federal judge said Second Amendment rights extend to people under felony indictment, citing a recent Supreme Court ruling striking down New York’s concealed carry law. Charles "Rocky" Rhodes of South Texas School of Law Houston breaks down the ruling. Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, after the Houston Oilers left town, the Harris County Houston Sports Authority began -- 25 years...

Duration:00:49:27

Texas social media law moves forward, but more challenges await (Sept. 20, 2022)

9/20/2022
On Tuesday's show: Hurricane Fiona has brought destructive flooding to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Space City Weather meteorologist Matt Lanza tells us more about the storm and explains why it's been a relatively quiet -- and hot -- hurricane season for us so far. And a federal court ruling is allowing a new Texas social media law to take effect. The law prevents social media companies from blocking posts on the basis of their political views. News 88.7's Andrew Schneider...

Duration:00:49:49

Drunk driving laws in Texas, and the labor shortage’s effect on Houston (Sept. 19, 2022)

9/19/2022
On Monday’s show: Houston joins with much of the world as we observe Great Britain's funeral for its late Queen. Also: Katy ISD is no longer blocking websites serving LGBTQ+ youth after complaints from students and activists. Also this hour: We learned Friday that a second 14 year old has died from injuries sustained in a car crash in Galveston on September 2. The other driver had just been released from serving part of his sentence for a third DWI conviction. We discuss whether drunk...

Duration:00:49:06

Age restrictions for buying guns, and playwright Ken Ludwig reimagines his first hit (Sept. 16, 2022)

9/16/2022
On Friday's show: Texas health officials won't publish new data on deaths related to pregnancy until after the next legislative session. We'll discuss why with the Houston Chronicle's Julian Gill. Also this hour: A Constitutional law scholar discusses why the Second Amendment right to bear arms may or may not apply to 18- to 20-year-olds, why some states can have more restrictions on gun purchases than the federal government, and whether any limits on assault-style gun purchases would...

An averted railroad strike, and the NPR Politics Podcast comes to Houston (Sept. 15, 2022)

9/15/2022
On Thursday's show: Rail companies avoided a strike over pay and working conditions. We consider what this could have meant for the economy with Margaret Kidd from the University of Houston. Also this hour: We begin our series of interviews with candidates in some of the key races around Texas and Greater Houston that are on the ballot on Election Day. Today, we talk with Jack Morman, a Republican who's running for Precinct 2 on the Harris County Commissioners Court. Then, on Saturday,...

Duration:00:48:33

Walkout at Commissioners Court, and whether bail reform measures are working (Sept. 14, 2022)

9/14/2022
On Wednesday's show: We learn why two GOP members of Harris County Commissioners Court boycotted a vote on the county budget and what it means for the process going forward. Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, new research examines whether Harris County's bail reform measures are succeeding at cutting down on the time people spend behind bars before trial and at reducing recidivism. And we learn about Mapping & Glaciers, a dance...

The future of Houston airports, and how cities take shape (Sept. 13, 2022)

9/13/2022
On Tuesday's show: Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg joined city officials on Monday to highlight the millions of dollars being invested in Houston’s airports. We learn what those investments entail and discuss the future of Houston Airports with Jim Szczesniak, the airport system's chief operating officer. Also this hour: Houston City Council Member Sallie Alcorn answers your questions about issues facing the city. Then, longtime city planner and researcher Bill Fulton reflects...

Duration:00:48:06

Reflecting on JFK’s moon speech in Houston, 60 years later (Sept. 12, 2022)

9/12/2022
On Monday's show: We visit Venture Houston, a daylong conference at The Ion in Midtown bringing together venture capitalists and Houston startups Also this hour: "We choose to go to the moon." Today marks the 60th anniversary of Pres. John F. Kennedy's speech at Rice University where he spoke those words and declared the nation's intention of landing a man on the moon. That began the space race, so of much which stemmed from NASA's Johnson Space Center here in Houston. We reflect on the...

Duration:00:50:23

Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Houston, and a unique perspective on 9/11 (Sept. 9, 2022)

9/9/2022
On Friday's show: Vice President Kamala Harris tours Johnson Space Center today as NASA tries to clear the way for another Artemis I launch attempt in the coming weeks. We learn more about her visit and what NASA has to do to get the mission off the ground. And, with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, we look back on the time she visited Houston in 1991. Also this hour: When then-President George W. Bush was first informed a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11,...

Actor Kevin Bacon, and former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Sept. 8, 2022)

9/8/2022
On Wednesday's show: A new survey takes a closer look at the race for Harris County Judge. We discuss the findings. Also this hour: Actor Kevin Bacon and his brother, composer Michael Bacon, aka The Bacon Brothers, talk about their music ahead of a performance Sept. 10 at Dosey Doe in The Woodlands. And former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison reflects on her career and discusses the state of American politics. She's delivering the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Lecture on Ethics and Leadership at...

Duration:00:48:46

Addressing violent crime, and Houston’s best food halls (Sept. 7, 2022)

9/7/2022
On Wednesday's show: Harris County Judge candidate Alexandra del Moral Mealer is holding a press conference alongside some county leaders and members of law enforcement later today to address the county’s rising violent crime rate. News 88.7’s Lucio Vasquez gives us a preview. Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, in this month's edition of The Full Menu, local writers discuss their favorite food halls around the city. And...

Duration:00:48:18

Vaccine boosters target omicron, and writer Erika L. Sanchez (Sept. 6, 2022)

9/6/2022
On Tuesday's show: The FDA has approved new versions of two COVID-19 vaccine boosters that target the omicron variant. A local infectious disease expert tells us who should get them and when. Also this hour: Officials for the Houston Police Department and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are trying to locate 11 unaccompanied migrant children who went missing while under sponsor care here in Houston. Then, Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, who represents District D on the Houston...

Duration:00:48:34

Houston’s connections to the voter fraud movement (Sept. 2, 2022)

9/2/2022
On Friday's show: What are we to make of this summer’s drought and the ongoing flooding occurring across the country? Are these weather events isolated or are they connected? We discuss with Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas. Also this hour: Texas Monthly’s Mimi Swartz tells us about True the Vote, a voter fraud movement with deep ties to Houston. Then: From declining life expectancy numbers, to a delayed vote on social studies curriculum, we discuss The Good, The...

Duration:00:49:14

Politics from the pulpit, and lessons from a career in Texas politics (Sept. 1, 2022)

9/1/2022
On Thursday's show: Ed Young, the longtime pastor of Houston's Second Baptist Church, is under fire for making political statements during a sermon last Sunday. Some have even called for the removal of the church’s tax-exempt status. But is that likely? And what role does religion play in modern-day politics -- and what role should it? Also this hour: Mary Beth Rogers, the former campaign manager and chief of staff for the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards, reflects on her life in politics...

Duration:00:49:25

County plans to sue over allegations it was defunding the police (Aug. 31, 2022)

8/31/2022
On Wednesday's show: Harris County Commissioners Court is expected to sue state Comptroller Glenn Hegar over accusations that the county was defunding its police department. News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider explains what this could mean for the county’s budget. Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, the public charge rule – what it is, how it’s changing, and what that means for Houston’s immigrant population. And we learn how rescuing...

Duration:00:49:06

Battleship Texas prepares to set sail, and reporting on Harvey’s aftermath (Aug. 30, 2022)

8/30/2022
On Tuesday's show: The Battleship Texas will be moved this week from its long-time home in La Porte to Galveston's Pier 21 to undergo much-needed repairs. We learn more about what it takes to move it and the work that's being done. Also this hour: We talk with the News 88.7 reporters involved in Houston Public Media's series and podcast Below the Waterlines: Houston After Hurricane Harvey to discover what surprised them in the process of their reporting. Then, we discuss the role...

Duration:00:48:51