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Full Show: Political Roundup, And Flood Mitigation Projects (Dec. 13, 2017)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories -- with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas. Also this hour: The West Houston Association has added another regional voice to call for federal, state and local funding to be dedicated to future flood mitigation projects in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We talk with them about their suggested flood... Read More

Duration: 00:50:35

Full Show: Back To The Moon, And Money Raised For Harvey Relief (Dec. 12, 2017)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: President Trump wants to send astronauts back to the moon. What does that mean for the future of our space program and the Johnson Space Center? We talk it over with Texas Rep. John Culberson and space writer Eric Berger. Also this hour: Since Harvey hit, we’ve heard a lot of questions about where money raised for the relief effort would be spent – along with where state and federal recovery funds... Read More

Duration: 00:50:48

Full Show: Harvey’s Impact On The Ship Channel, And New Sexual Harassment Policies (Dec. 11, 2017)

On Monday's Houston Matters: NPR’s John Burnett tells us about the effect Harvey had on the Houston Ship Channel. Also this hour: Just a couple of weeks ago, the Texas House adopted new sexual harassment policies. Lawmakers say one of the new rules provides better protection against retaliation. So, what are the protections in place to protect employees from sexual harassment -- and do they go far enough? We learn the latest on what’s happening at... Read More

Duration: 00:50:30

Full Show: Job Forecast For 2018, And Healing After Harvey (Dec. 8, 2017)

On Friday's Houston Matters: The Greater Houston Partnership brings us its annual forecast for jobs in Houston. We find out how the job market might fare in 2018 -- and how Harvey affected Houston employment in 2017. Also this hour: NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday is in Houston to produce its show this week, and host Lulu Garcia-Navarro joins us to talk about what stories they're going to tell while they're in town. Then: How are the... Read More

Duration: 00:50:34

Full Show: Hockey In Houston, And Year-End Tax Advice (Dec. 7, 2017)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: The City of Houston is slated to notify hundreds of homeowners they’ll need to make more repairs after Harvey. Nancy Sarnoff with the Houston Chronicle lays out who’ll be receiving these letters in the coming weeks. Also this hour: Author Reza Aslan talks about President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Aslan is the author of numerous books, including God: A Human History. He spoke onstage with Houston... Read More

Duration: 00:50:43

Full Show: Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement, And Political Roundup (Dec. 6, 2017)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Pres. Donald Trump Wednesday announced the US would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He also directed the State Department to "begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem." It's a controversial move. We bring you live coverage of the speech along with analysis from local experts on politics and the Middle East. Also this hour: We recap the week's political stories with an eye for... Read More

Duration: 00:50:13

Full Show: Harvey Victim Survey, And A New Plan For Downtown (Dec. 5, 2017)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The Texas voter ID law is back in federal court again today. We find out what the latest arguments are over in the law's long saga in the courts. Then, we take a closer look at a new survey of Harvey victims, which suggests many of them are still struggling to find help three months after the storm. Also this hour: The Center for Public History at the University of Houston... Read More

Duration: 00:50:43

Full Show: Surviving The Holidays After Harvey, And Thursday Night Lights (Dec. 4, 2017)

On Monday's Houston Matters: The holiday season can be stressful enough, but it's a whole lot worse when your house was destroyed by flooding. We hear one Houstonian's story about trying to find normalcy this holiday season in the midst of so much uncertainty. And we get some professional advice on dealing with the stress and mental health challenges many families in Greater Houston are facing as they try to rebuild their lives. Also this hour:... Read More

Duration: 00:50:40

Full Show: Marijuana Diversion Program, And The Early Days Of AIDS (Dec. 1, 2017)

On Friday's Houston Matters: Starting today, getting caught with small amounts of marijuana in Dallas won’t necessarily mean jail time. The city’s new “cite and release” program is similar to one Harris County launched earlier this year. That got us wondering -- how effective has the program here been so far? We find out. Also this hour: Today is World AIDS Day, and -- like every city -- Houston hasn't been immune to the effects of... Read More

Duration: 00:50:30

Full Show: Hurricane Season Ending, And Greg Louganis (Nov. 30, 2017)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: Today marks the end of a very memorable hurricane season. From Harvey to Irma and Maria, several major storms hit the U.S. in just a span of a few months. We recap what happened and where we go from here with the National Weather Service. And, a new report from Rice University takes a look at funding for disaster response. We talk with a co-author of that report. Also this hour: In... Read More

Duration: 00:50:35

Full Show: FEMA Deadline Approaches, And Political Roundup (Nov. 29, 2017)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Houstonians impacted by Harvey have one more day (Nov. 30) to apply for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA representative Pam Saulsby joins us to take your questions about the process and to discuss the federal agency’s role in Harvey recovery going forward. Also this hour: We engage in another round of our weekly political roundup of stories from national, state, and local politics -- with an eye for... Read More

Duration: 00:50:22

Full Show: Church Security Seminars, And Navigating Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28, 2017)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Some local pastors and clergy are partnering with law enforcement to hold security workshops aimed at helping them better protect their congregations after the shooting in Sutherland Springs. One such meeting just took place this morning. We talk with one of the pastors involved about what they hope to achieve. And Harris County Constable Alan Rosen talks about his own approach to training in these communities. Also this hour: We get... Read More

Duration: 00:50:29

Full Show: Rep. Gene Green, And Conversations We’re Thankful For (Nov. 21, 2017)

On today's show: Rep. Gene Green sits down with News 88.7's Andrew Schneider to talk about his time in Congress and his decision to retire. Also, the Houston Dynamo begin the Western Conference Championship of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs at home tonight (Nov. 21) against the Seattle Sounders. We get a preview of the two-game series. And then, we're doing a sort of not-so-secret Santa. Members of the Houston Matters team drew each... Read More

Duration: 00:49:39

Full Show: Buying A Home After Harvey, And Houston Pet Peeves (Nov. 20, 2017)

On Monday's Houston Matters: Home buyers in Houston who want to know if their potential home’s been flooded may have to do some extra legwork. Finding out isn't as easy as you'd think. NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang joins us to share what he learned after his visit to Houston. Also this hour: Every few months or so, we like to give you the opportunity to vent -- to share your Houston pet peeves. It could be... Read More

Duration: 00:50:22

Full Show: Restoring Mercer Botanic Gardens, And A Play About Mexican Wrestling (Nov. 17, 2017)

On Friday's Houston Matters: Houston’s Mercer Botanic Gardens were devastated by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty visits the gardens in Humble to survey the damage and learn about efforts to restore them. Also this hour: Our rotating panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of this week's news. And we learn about a play written by Houston native Alvaro Saar Rios, based in part on his grandmother's love of... Read More

Duration: 00:50:32

Full Show: Infrastructure Gaps Slow Harvey Recovery, And Teachers Tell Their Stories (Nov. 16, 2017)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: HISD’s Board of Education is holding a special meeting tonight (Nov. 16) to come up with a new plan for a struggling high school. The district’s modified turnaround plan for Kashmere High School has to be submitted to the Texas Education Agency by tomorrow. We discuss what’s at stake for Kashmere High School. Also this hour: Some community leaders say gaps in Greater Houston’s civic infrastructure are slowing Harvey recovery efforts in... Read More

Duration: 00:50:34

Full Show: Political Roundup, And Spending ‘Beyond A Year In Space’ (Nov. 15, 2017)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We get an update on the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's investigation into the explosion at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Travis Bubenik, News 88.7’s environment and energy reporter, brings us the latest. Also this hour: Our political experts break down the latest national, state, and local stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. Then: We meet Jessica Meir and Victor Glover,... Read More

Duration: 00:50:36

Full Show: The Death Of The Alt Weekly, And The Science Of Creativity (Nov. 14, 2017)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Harris County commissioners have approved another step for a controversial project tied to storm water detention along a portion of Buffalo Bayou. News 88.7's Brien Straw tells us more. And experts say the vote is part of a bigger conversation about reducing future flooding. We get Jim Blackburn's opinion on the project. He’s co-director of Rice University’s SSPEED Center. Also this hour: Two weeks ago, Voice Media Group announced it would end print... Read More

Duration: 00:50:33

Full Show: Political Party Divisions, And Your Pet Care Questions (Nov. 13, 2017)

On Monday's Houston Matters: Candidates for numerous local and statewide offices were able to file for the 2018 election as of Saturday (Nov. 11). We learn who's filed already and discuss some recent political developments from over the weekend. Also this hour: Much has been made about potential rifts in the Republican party – schisms between fiscal and social conservatives, or divisions between ideological and pragmatic Republicans, and disagreement among moderates and hardline...

Duration: 00:50:53

Full Show: Happy Houston, And The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of The News (Nov. 10, 2017)

On Friday's Houston Matters: Every once in a while, after a period of serious, heavy (even flat out depressing) news, we like to take some time out to give you the opportunity to focus on the good news in your life. What’s making you smile? What makes Houstonians…happy? We engage in another round of #HappyHouston and invite you to join in. Also this hour: From the lowest voter turnout in 20 years, to a change in... Read More

Duration: 00:50:39

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