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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

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

Immigrant Voters in Texas, & What Started the Environmental Movement (Nov. 4, 2022)

11/4/2022
On Friday's show: Statistics show that immigrant voters now represent 11 percent of the electorate in Texas, and the state has 1.7 million more eligible voters because of that. We learn more and discuss how the electorate has changed in Texas over the last decade. Also this hour: What gave birth to the environmental movement as we know it? Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley explains and pays tribute to some of the people who turned the nation's attention to protecting nature in...

Duration:00:48:28

Astros even the World Series with a combined no-hitter (Nov. 3, 2022)

11/3/2022
On Thursday's show: It's down to a best-of-three in the World Series after Astros pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter in a Game 4 victory against the Phillies. Also, Mayor Sylvester Turner delivers his state of the city address. And we learn why residents who live near chemical plants are often blocked from challenging those plants' permits by the very agency that's supposed to investigate environmental concerns. Also this hour: UT Southwestern’s Brain Institute recently launched a...

Duration:00:49:02

What might happen when county commissioners fully reconvene for the first time in weeks (Nov. 2, 2022)

11/2/2022
On Wednesday's show: It could be a testy morning at Harris County Commissioners Court, where the five members will meet for the first time in weeks to officially sign off on a "no new revenue" budget. News 88.7's Andrew Schneider lets us know what to expect. 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 the best restaurants in Houston for large groups to dine out. And...

Duration:00:48:31

SCOTUS on affirmative action, and UH-Downtown President Loren Blanchard (Nov. 1, 2022)

11/1/2022
On Tuesday's show: The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on affirmative action as part of college admissions--we'll discuss what the possible outcomes could be with Charles 'Rocky' Rhodes from South Texas College of Law Houston. 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 Lina Hidalgo, the incumbent candidate for Harris County Judge. Then, the...

Duration:00:49:05

Halloween Matters, and the latest on the World Series (Oct. 31, 2022)

10/31/2022
On Monday's show: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wants to investigate a Memorial Hermann policy about teenagers' medical records--we discuss why. We'll also learn about a City of Houston program intended to clean up used pumpkins after Halloween. 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 Adrian Garcia, the incumbent candidate for Precinct 2 on...

Duration:00:49:51

Looking ahead to the World Series, and David Brancaccio of the Marketplace Morning Report (Oct. 28, 2022)

10/28/2022
On Friday's show: Nobel Laureate Thomas Sargent tells us what we can learn about the past of inflation. We'll also look ahead to Game 1 of the World Series with Jesus Ortiz from Our Esquina. Also this hour: The director of the Missile Defense Agency, Navy Vice Admiral Jon Hill, talks about his day job protecting the nation from a missile attack and about how service in the Navy has changed over the years. He was in town for Navy Week, a series of events showcasing some of that military...

Duration:00:47:43

Former VP Al Gore on how Houston contributes to and addresses climate change (Oct. 27, 2022)

10/27/2022
On Thursday's show: Former Vice President Al Gore discusses how Houston is in many ways leading the country in both contributing to and addressing climate change and how to strike the right balance between environmental and economic realities. Gore is in Houston this week to launch efforts by his Climate Reality Project to train climate activists across the Gulf Coast. Also this hour: We continue our series of interviews with candidates in some of the key races around Texas and Greater...

Duration:00:49:33