Houston Matters 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.
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 »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 national,... Read More

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

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

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... Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full Show: Controversy At Furr H.S., And Reauthorizing CHIP (Oct. 12, 2017)

On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: For nearly a year, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee has been tracking efforts by Furr High School principal Dr. Bertie Simmons. She led a national experiment at Furr to transform the high school. Last fall, the school won a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute, a foundation led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. But Simmons' fate – and the fate of that experiment – are now in... Read More

Full Show: Controversy At Furr H.S., And Reauthorizing CHIP (Oct. 12, 2017)

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

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 see come out... Read More

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

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.... Read More

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

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

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

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