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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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713-440-8870


Episodes

The Texas Killing Fields, and Houston’s best soups (Dec. 7, 2022)

12/7/2022
On Wednesday's show: The Episcopal Health Foundation has issued a new report recommending non-medical programs should be supported by Medicaid in Texas, as a way to improve health outcomes for Medicaid enrollees. The foundation's president, Dr. Ann Barnes, explains how this could result in better health for Texans – and save money along the way, too. Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, food writers chat about their favorite soups...

Duration:00:49:48

Verlander heads to New York (Dec. 6, 2022)

12/6/2022
On Tuesday's show: The American League’s reigning Cy Young award winner is leaving the Astros for the Mets. We discuss why Justin Verlander’s signed with New York, and what, if anything, the Astros should do about it. And the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case involving a clash between LGBTQ and business owners’ rights. On the one hand, some laws guarantee equal access to same-sex couples; on the other, some business owners claim they’re artists forced to express a...

Duration:00:51:18

Watson returns to Houston, NFL (Dec. 5, 2022)

12/5/2022
On Monday's show: We recap the return of quarterback Deshaun Watson to NRG Stadium – in a Cleveland Browns uniform. It’s also his first game after a half-season suspension in connection with the more than two dozen (now mostly settled) lawsuits brought against him by Houston area masseuses, making various claims of sexual misconduct and assault against him. Also this hour: We offer Houstonians a chance to vent about their pet peeves.

Duration:00:48:56

Fentanyl vaccine, and climate refugees (Dec. 2, 2022)

12/2/2022
On Friday's show: Researchers the University of Houston have developed a vaccine targeting the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl that could block its ability to enter the brain. We learn more about the breakthrough discovery and what it could mean for the opioid epidemic. Also this hour: We discuss how climate change could create a new refugee crisis and the role Houston could play in that, since it’s already a hub for resettling refugees. Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and...

Duration:00:48:59

Oil spill fallout (Dec. 1, 2022)

12/1/2022
On Thursday's show: A secondary containment facility for the Houston-based company Martin Energy Services leaked out approximately 3,500 gallons of used lubricant oil into an industrial canal near Lake Charles, Louisiana Monday . Some oil-soaked pelicans were reportedly rescued. We learn more about what happened, and contemplate potential economic and environmental consequences any time there is a leak or spill. Also this hour: We recall how Houston was desegregated as we replay our...

Duration:00:48:52

Post-Astroworld safety plan (Nov. 30, 2022)

11/30/2022
On Wednesday's show: Harris County officials approved the safety agreement drafted by the special events taskforce in response to the Astroworld tragedy. But does it go far enough? Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, with the recent collapse of cryptocurrency firms like FTX and BlockFi, that has us wondering are cryptocurrencies all they’re cracked up to be? And the Austin-based choral group Conspirare is coming to Houston to...

Duration:00:48:44

Boil water notice lifted (Nov. 29, 2022)

11/29/2022
On Tuesday's show: With news of the city-wide boil water notice being lifted, we bring you the latest on what caused it and the coming review of how it happened. And the next session of the Texas Legislature doesn't begin until January, but plenty of bills for the session have been filed. While plenty of them are very serious, there are some that are filed simply for political theater in order to score points with constituents. We talk about both kinds with Rice University's Mark...

Duration:00:49:22

Boil water notice, and questions for a sleep expert (Nov. 28, 2022)

11/28/2022
On Monday's show: We learn the latest about the boil water notice affecting millions of Houston water customers. Also this hour: Getting a good night’s sleep makes everything easier to handle – especially during the stressful holiday season. Local sleep expert Dr. Sudha Tallavajhula of UTHealth and TIRR Memorial Hermann answers your questions about sleep and sleep disorders. And we talk about the University of Houston men's basketball team, which is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the...

Duration:00:51:33

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (Nov. 22, 2022)

11/22/2022
On Tuesday's show: With Republicans taking back the U.S. House of Representatives next year, what will the next Congress look like in a divided government? Houston Democrat Rep. Lizzie Fletcher talks it over and answers listener questions. Also this hour: With the release of The Fabelmans, loosely based on the formative years of director Steven Spielberg, we reflect on the career of the storied filmmaker and what those films have contributed to American culture in this month's edition of...

Duration:00:51:55

DA outlines election investigation (Nov. 21, 2022)

11/21/2022
On Monday's show: In a News 88.7 exclusive, the Harris County District Attorney's Office outlines how the recently announced investigation into how Election Day was handled in the county will be conducted. Some had criticized the office saying District Attorney Kim Ogg was trying to score political points. However, Nathan Beedle tells Andrew Schneider the DA's office was required by state law to open the investigation after a referral from the Texas Secretary of State's Office and that...

Duration:00:48:52

Pediatric ICU bed shortage, and Taco-Tastic Cookbook (Nov. 18, 2022)

11/18/2022
On Friday's show: Hospitals in Texas and Greater Houston are facing a shortage of pediatric ICU beds. We learn why and discuss how family gatherings next week for Thanksgiving might exacerbate that. Also this hour: Columnist Dwight Silverman talks about recent developments in consumer technology. Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week. And we talk with local chef and restauranteur Victoria Elizondo about her new taco cookbook, Taco-Tastic: Over 60 Recipes to...

Duration:00:49:35

Election investigation, & fighting antisemitism (Nov. 17, 2022)

11/17/2022
On Thursday's show: After Gov. Greg Abbott and others have called for investigations into alleged irregularities at Harris County polling places, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced she is launching a criminal investigation. We learn the latest and discuss what it all means. Also this hour: While there has been plenty of backlash to recent antisemitic remarks from celebrities, what steps are being taken to address such remarks and incidents here in the Houston area? And...

Duration:00:50:34

Children killed by gun violence (Nov. 16, 2022)

11/16/2022
On Wednesday's show: The number of children killed by gun violence is on the rise in Houston. Anna Bauman from the Houston Chronicle joins us to discuss why this is part of a national trend. Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup. Then, the Houston Chamber Choir performs selections from audience members' desert island playlists in a concert Saturday. And we visit the Houston Toy Museum.

Duration:00:48:27

Investigating Harris Co. Election (Nov. 15, 2022)

11/15/2022
On Tuesday's show: Gov. Greg Abbott wants to investigate Harris County over what he calls "allegations of improprieties" during last week's midterm elections. We learn the latest from News 88.7's Andrew Schneider. Also this hour: A national assessment of 4th and 8th grade students shows dips in average scores for reading and math. So, how does HISD compare? Then, we talk with Rue Mapp, the founder of Outdoor Afro, an organization aimed at helping African Americans reconnect with and...

Duration:00:47:10

Student loans, curbing methane, & poet Joy Harjo (Nov. 14, 2022)

11/14/2022
On Monday's show: A court struck down President Biden’s student debt relief program, and an appeals court will hear the case next. This latest ruling complicates the fate of the program and the financial circumstances of millions of borrowers, including thousands here in the Houston area. We discuss what the ruling means and whether the matter is ultimately headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Also this hour: Newly proposed EPA rules would require oil and gas companies to respond to any...

Duration:00:50:35

Falling consumer prices, and veteran business owners (Nov. 11, 2022)

11/11/2022
On Friday's show: The prices of many consumer goods and services in the Houston area are trending downwards, but is it an indication that inflation is slowing down? And we get an update on the state of the Port of Houston. Also this hour: On this Veterans Day, a Houstonian explains how serving on a Navy submarine helped prepare him to launch his own business and why he thinks veterans are particularly well suited for such ventures. Then, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of...

Duration:00:50:40

Provisional ballots, and catalytic converter theft (Nov. 10, 2022)

11/10/2022
On Thursday's show: Many Harris County voters cast provisional ballots on Election Day because some polling places had delays in opening, and a court ordered them to stay open an extra hour. But then the Texas Supreme Court blocked that ruling, saying those provisional ballots should be set aside. Should those votes be counted? And should Texas voting laws be changed? We talk it over with a legal expert. Also this hour: You've probably heard stories about the recent rash of catalytic...

Duration:00:48:12

Election results and analysis (Nov. 9, 2022)

11/9/2022
On Wednesday's show: We review what we know about Tuesday's election. And we talk through it all with Rice University political science fellow Mark Jones and University of Houston researcher and lecturer Renee Cross. Also this hour: Acclaimed ballet dancer Lauren Anderson talks about her life with poet Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, who wrote the new play about it at Stages Houston, called Plumshuga: The Rise of Lauren Anderson.

Duration:00:49:16

Election Day, and trusting polls (Nov. 8, 2022)

11/8/2022
On Tuesday's show: Election Day has arrived across the nation as voters head to the polls to cast their ballots in local, statewide, and Congressional races, and to make some decisions on local referenda. We visit some different polling places in the Houston area. Also this hour: Every election, pollsters try to predict how people will vote. But can anyone really do that? And what factors have made polls less reliable recently? Then, we learn about efforts to reduce homelessness among...

Duration:00:49:01

Astros Championship Celebration (Nov. 7, 2022)

11/7/2022
On Monday's show: We reflect on the Astros' second World Series victory and prepare for today's championship parade, coverage of which you can hear live on News 88.7 beginning at noon. And, while most of Houston is celebrating today, there is an election tomorrow. A new survey illuminates what Texas voters think about election fraud.

Duration:00:48:58