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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

Compromise offered over county budget, and restaurants where you should never skip dessert (Oct. 5, 2022)

10/5/2022
On Wednesday's show: One of Harris County's Republican commissionerss is offering a way out of the county's deadlock over its tax rate. We learn more about what Jack Cagle is proposing. Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, in this month's installment of The Full Menu, local food writers discuss restaurants in Houston where you don't want to skip dessert. And the Houston Chronicle recently followed one of Gov. Greg Abbott's migrant...

School dropout rate amid COVID, and Texas AG candidate Rochelle Garza (Oct. 4, 2022)

10/4/2022
On Tuesday's show: Nearly 50,000 more Texas students dropped out of school during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2020-2021 school year compared to the year before, according to new analysis of state data from the Houston Chronicle. Reporter Hannah Dellinger gives us the details. Also this hour: We continue 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 Rochelle...

Duration:00:49:34

Understanding upcoming bond elections, and Houston pet peeves (Oct. 3, 2022)

10/3/2022
On Monday's show: We review some of the bond measures going before voters on the November ballot for both Harris County and Spring ISD and discuss what you should know about them ahead of Election Day. Also this hour: We offer you your monthly chance to vent your pet peeves. And we discuss the pros and cons of the Astros having time off between the regular season and their first playoff series. Can they stay sharp during the down time?

Gov. Abbott and Beto O’Rourke set to debate, and a controversial rail company merger (Sept. 30, 2022)

9/30/2022
On Friday's show: We preview tonight's debate between Gov. Greg Abbott and his challenger, Beto O'Rourke, and discuss whether such events influence the outcome on Election Day. The debate will air at 7 p.m. on Houston's CW Ch. 39 and here on News 88.7. Also this hour: We discuss the controversial merger of Canadian Pacific Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway and how it might affect rail traffic here. Hearings on the matter have been taking place this week in Washington, D.C....

Duration:00:49:21

Houstonians gear up to help Florida as Hurricane Ian makes landfall (Sept. 29, 2022)

9/29/2022
On Thursday's show: We learn how Houstonians are gearing up to help those in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian. Also this hour: We explore how long COVID is affecting children and members of the local workforce from News 88.7 reporter Sara Willa Ernst, who's been following those stories. Then, in this month's installment of The Bigger Picture, we examine Olivia Wilde’s new film Don’t Worry Darling, the off-screen drama surrounding it, and why we seem to care about the details of...

School library policies, and the week in politics (Sept. 28, 2022)

9/28/2022
On Wednesday's show: Katy ISD officials changed several school library policies this week, including how the school district responds to complaints about books and who is allowed in its book review process. We discuss the continuing battle over books in school libraries with Dominic Anthony Walsh, News 88.7's education and families reporter. Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, we learn about the art of creating infinity rooms, such...

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