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Full Show: World Series Preview, And Author Mark Bowden (Oct. 23, 2017)

10/23/2017
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On Monday's Houston Matters: The Astros are in Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers Tuesday night (Oct. 24) in Game 1 of the World Series after knocking off the Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. The Astros are the first team to win a pennant in both leagues, having won the National League crown in 2005 before being swept by the White Sox in the Fall... Read More

Duration: 00:37:31


Full Show: Harvey Relief And Boycotting Israel, Plus The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of The News (Oct. 20, 2017)

10/20/2017
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On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: A Harvey relief application for Dickinson residents is requiring applicants to certify they will not boycott Israel. The city appears to be enforcing a recently passed Texas law (House Bill 89), prohibiting state agencies from contracting with or investing in companies that boycott Israel. We learn more about the situation from News 88.7's politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider. Also this hour: A lot can happen in a week. Some of... Read More

Duration: 00:33:21


Full Show: White Oak Music Hall Lawsuit, And Astronaut Scott Kelly (Oct. 19,2017)

10/19/2017
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On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: We told you last year about tensions between White Oak Music Hall and residents who live near it. A hearing regarding the lawsuit against the Near Northside music venue just wrapped up in downtown Houston. We get an update on the case from Cris Feldman, attorney for the plaintiffs in the case. And then we hear a response from Johnny So, managing partner of White Oak Music Hall. In March of 2016,... Read More

Duration: 00:36:31


Full Show: Involving The Private Sector In Storm Prep, And Political Roundup (Oct. 18, 2017)

10/18/2017
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On Wednesday's edition of Houston Matters: In the weeks since Harvey, we’ve been telling you how government agencies are planning for future storms. Now, a local expert says the private sector should get involved. We talk with Jim Blackburn about what he envisions. He’s the co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center. Also this hour: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of...

Duration: 00:50:42


Full Show: Where To Rebuild After Harvey, And A Hidden Message In A Flooded Home (Oct. 17, 2017)

10/17/2017
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On Tuesday's edition of Houston Matters: How, and where should Houstonians rebuild differently after Harvey? Our panel of experts share their ideas as we invite you to join in on the conversation. Also this hour: We hear how Houston’s technology community pulled together to help during and after the storm. And we learn about a hidden message discovered in a Houston home damaged by Harvey. We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting......

Duration: 00:50:35


Full Show: First Senate Hearing On Harvey, And Uncovering Texas Special Ed Caps (Oct. 16, 2017)

10/16/2017
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On Monday's edition of Houston Matters: The Texas Senate is holding its first hearing on Hurricane Harvey today in New Caney, northeast of Houston. We check in with News 88.7’s Davis Land to learn what is being discussed. Then, our economist breaks down the numbers from President Trump's proposed tax plan. The White House just released a report saying the plan would increase household income. We find out if that's truly the case and discuss which Houston industries... Read More

Duration: 00:50:09


Full Show: Astros-Yankees Preview, And Employment After Harvey (Oct. 13, 2017)

10/13/2017
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On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: The Astros begin the American League Championship Series tonight (Oct. 13) at Minute Maid Park against the New York Yankees. The best-of-seven series will determine who represents the AL in the World Series. We preview the matchup. Also this hour: How did Harvey affect greater Houston’s job market? What affect did Harvey have on people who were displaced due to flooding of their homes and businesses? We talk with Patrick... Read More

Duration: 00:50:38


Full Show: Lessons From Harvey, And Political Roundup (Oct. 11, 2017)

10/11/2017
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On Wednesday's edition of Houston Matters: Emergency officials and health care experts are meeting in Galveston to talk about lessons learned from Harvey. The storm is one of a few disasters that will be discussed at today’s 2017 Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition Symposium. The Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council is hosting this event. Lori Upton, the organization's regional director of emergency management operations, talks with Houston Matters about what action she wants to...

Duration: 00:49:50


Full Show: Green Infrastructure, And The Future Of Coal (Oct. 10, 2017)

10/10/2017
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On Tuesday's edition of Houston Matters: "green infrastructure" is a term that describes features in buildings and landscaping that cleanse and capture rainwater onsite where it falls. While we wait to see if homes will be rebuilt in certain flood-prone areas, advocates of green infrastructure say it could be utilized in existing and future development in Greater Houston to help reduce the burden on our system of bayous. We learn more from some local organizations championing its use.......

Duration: 00:49:56


Full Show: Student Sues Over Anthem, And The Battle Of The Sexes (Oct. 9, 2017)

10/9/2017
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On today's show: India Landry, a senior from Windfern High School, is suing her school district after being expelled for not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. We learn about her case and discuss our national fixation on things that are largely symbolic. Also this hour: We bring you highlights from a live, special edition of the program we called Houston Matters: Home After Harvey. The show, which aired on Saturday (Oct. 7, 2017) featured live... Read More

Duration: 00:50:15


Home After Harvey – A Houston Matters Home Repair Special (Oct. 7, 2016)

10/7/2017
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Today's special edition of Houston Matters: Home After Harvey gets underway at 11 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online here. Ask your home repair questions at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters. As Greater Houston continues to recover from Harvey, many of us have in recent days turned to the challenge of repairing and renovating our flood-damaged homes. You have questions, and today on a special Saturday edition of Houston Matters, we’ve assembled home repair experts...

Duration: 00:50:41


Full Show: Harvey’s Effect On Drinking Water, And Dealing With The Storm’s Psychological Challenges (Oct. 5, 2017)

10/5/2017
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On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: We learn how Houston's drinking water supply managed to come through Harvey clean. We discuss the mental health challenges many survivors will face in the short- and long-term future And we learn about a new art exhibit that focuses heavily on patterns and repetition. Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

Duration: 00:50:55


Full Show: Political Roundup, And Outdoor Dining (Oct. 4, 2017)

10/4/2017
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On Wednesday's edition of Houston Matters: State lawmakers are in Houston to learn what Texas can do to reduce damages from future storms like Harvey. News 88.7 politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider will tell us what was discussed. And we learn about Arkema's response to a lawsuit brought against them after Harvey. Also this hour: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with... Read More

Duration: 00:52:01


Full Show: Gun Control Debate Surfaces Again, And Ask The Allergy Doctor (Oct. 3, 2017)

10/3/2017
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On Tuesday's edition of Houston Matters: As Las Vegas reels from a mass shooting that left nearly 60 people dead and hundreds more wounded, several pieces of legislation backed by Texas lawmakers are making their way through Congress. Could the violence in Las Vegas have any impact on this legislation? How has the gun control debate changed, if at all? We talk with several experts and take your questions and comments. Also this hour: With... Read More

Duration: 00:51:31


Full Show: San Jacinto Waste Pits, And The Future Of The National Flood Insurance Program (Sept. 29, 2017)

9/29/2017
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On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: The Environmental Protection Agency says it has found damage to the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund site following Tropical Storm Harvey. The site, which holds waste from a former paper mill decades ago, sits just off I-10 in eastern Harris County near Channelview. The site has been known to include the highly toxic chemical pollutant dioxin. What does the EPA’s finding mean for surrounding residents, and what are the potential long-term...

Duration: 00:50:30


Full Show: Advice On SBA Disaster Relief, And Reuniting Animals And Owners After Harvey (Sept. 28, 2017)

9/28/2017
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On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: The U.S. Small Business Administration has been on the ground in Houston for more than a month aiding in disaster relief from Harvey. But if you don’t own a business, their services don’t apply to you, right? Not true. Yolanda Stokes with the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance says, while the SBA does help business owners, it also provides low-interest disaster relief loans to homeowners, property owners, and renters.... Read More

Duration: 00:50:32


Full Show: Lingering Post-Harvey Health Concerns, And Inside Chinese Public Schools (Sept. 27, 2017)

9/27/2017
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On Wednesday's edition of Houston Matters: Harris County medical officials have confirmed a Kingwood woman’s death is tied to bacteria linked to Harvey floodwaters. While it’s a rare case stemming from the storm, officials say other health concerns still remain -- even a month after the storm. We find out what they are from a pair of Greater Houston public health experts. Also this hour: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with... Read More

Duration: 00:50:20


Full Show: Houstonians Helping Puerto Rico, And Harvey’s Toll On The Theater District (Sept. 26, 2017)

9/26/2017
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On Tuesday's edition of Houston Matters: President Donald Trump just announced he’s going to visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday (Oct. 3, 2017). The island is still reeling from Hurricane Maria’s devastation. Millions are still without power, and may be for months. How’s Houston’s Puerto Rican community responding to the crisis? We find out. Also this hour: We talk with representatives from some of Houston’s theater organizations about the state of the city's lauded Theater District... Read More

Duration: 00:36:44


Full Show: Rebuilding Infrastructure Post-Harvey, And How The Media Covers Disasters (Sept. 25, 2017)

9/25/2017
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On Monday's edition of Houston Matters: One of the biggest challenges Greater Houston faces post-Harvey is rebuilding housing and infrastructure damaged by flooding. Henry Cisneros knows a thing or two about urban planning and infrastructure. He served as Housing and Urban Development Secretary and mayor of San Antonio. Cisneros joins us to talk about the immediate and long-term needs in Houston and the surrounding area, as well as how to better prepare for future storms and... Read More

Duration: 00:50:27


Full Show: Lessons For Houston From Superstorm Sandy (Sept. 22, 2017)

9/22/2017
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On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: Earlier this week, Houston City Controller Chris Brown talked with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Why? To discuss best practices learned from Superstorm Sandy, which hit the northeast in 2012. We talk with Controller Brown about what he learned and other measures his office has taken in Harvey recovery efforts. Also this hour: How has the federal response to Hurricane Harvey compared, so far, to the government’s response following... Read...

Duration: 00:50:48

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