Houston Matters

Houston Matters

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Houston Matters is a radio program airing Fridays at noon on KUHF 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.More from Houston Matters »

Most Recent Episodes

Defining Great Teachers: Friday's Show (February 12, 2016)

The website Niche has published its rankings of the Houston metro area high schools with the best teachers. But how do you evaluate such a thing? What makes a teacher great? On this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with Mark Tressler, vice president of product for Niche about how the site established its evaluation. Then, we turn to a parent, a teacher's ...

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UT Expansion in Houston, and Teaching Tacos: Thursday's Show (February 11, 2016)

According to the University of Texas, which has purchased more than 300 acres in southwest Houston, the University of Houston has declined UT's invitation to be part of a task force to plan how the land may be used. UH officials aren't happy about UT's planned expansion into Houston, which UT characterizes as an opportunity to collaborate on an "intellectual hub." ...

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Sheriff Hickman and the Harris County Jail: Wednesday's Show (February 10, 2016)

Sheriff Ron Hickman was recently criticized for reducing internal jail inspectors and disbanding a proactive internal affairs squad at the Harris County Jail. The Harris County Sheriff's office has said that these changes could actually speed up investigations, and the reassignment of inspectors will put more responsibility on first-line jail supervisors. And these are just a couple of the many changes that ...

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Solving Houston's Pensions: Tuesday's Show (February 9, 2016)

The problem is well-documented by now. The City of Houston has growing and unfunded pension obligations to meet but is limited by state control and a revenue cap. Back in September, the Houston-based nonprofit Laura and John Arnold Foundation laid out this challenge facing the city in a report entitled "Swamped: How Pension Debt is Sinking the Bayou City." On ...

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Preparing for the Clean Power Plan: Monday's Show (February 8, 2016)

Texas and West Virginia are leading more than two dozen states who are challenging President Obama's Clean Power Plan, which establishes standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month denied a request from Texas and other states to block the plan, though set ...

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Next Year's Super Bowl and HISD Budget Woes: Friday's Show (February 5, 2016)

Sunday's Super Bowl reminds us that Houston's turn to host the annual NFL championship game — and all the hype and spectacle that comes with it — is just a year away. A delegation of Houston officials are attending Sunday's game to observe the event in preparation for next year. Among them: Kevin Hoffman, Executive Director of the Harris County Sports and Convention ...

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Halliburton and Baker Hughes: Thursday's Show (February 4, 2015)

Remember how in November 2014, Halliburton and Baker Hughes announced they were merging? The nation's second and third largest oilfield service companies coming together to the tune of $34.6 billion. Then...nothing. The merger hasn't happened yet. In the more than 14 months since, crude oil prices have dropped lower than nearly anyone imagined. Both corporations have cut their work forces. ...

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Zika Virus Developments in Houston: Wednesday's Show (February 3, 2016)

Health officials Tuesday confirmed three new cases of the Zika virus in Greater Houston, bringing the total of known cases in the region to seven. Meanwhile, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services, the CDC confirmed a patient there acquired the virus through sex (it's usually spread through mosquito bites). These developments coincided with the World Health Organization ...

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Indicted in Office in Texas: Tuesday's Show (February 2, 2016)

If politics is indeed the art of the possible, does that possibility lessen when you're under indictment? With Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton facing this reality, we explore the history of elected officials in Texas in charge while being charged on this edition of Houston Matters. We welcome your questions for Brandon Rottinghaus, an associate professor of political science at the ...

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The Unintended Consequences of Open Carry: Monday's Show (February 1, 2016)

Open carry has been in effect in the state of Texas for a month now. The new law allows concealed handgun license holders to carry pistols openly. But private businesses can ban it on their premises, providing — at every entrance — they post 30.07 signs, so named for the statute which requires them. Those signs are popping up more ...

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