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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HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza: Friday's Show (February 17, 2017)

On Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017), HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza spoke at the annual State of the Schools Luncheon. He's been at the helm of the district since last fall (2016). So, on this edition of Houston Matters, we talk with him about his progress so far and the biggest issues facing public schools in Houston. (Above: HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza comments ...

Revisiting the Bike Plan, and Surviving Life in the Oil and Gas Industry: Thursday's Show ...

The weekend Houston hosted Super Bowl 51, there were two fatal accidents involving cyclists and light rail trains. Those were just two recent examples that highlight the danger cyclists face on the roads in Greater Houston. And they came as the Houston City Council prepares to take up the Houston Bike Plan. Mary Blitzer of Bike Houston says she wants ...

Revisiting the Bike Plan, and Surviving Life in the Oil and Gas Industry: Thursday's Show ...

Sex Trafficking Across Texas, and Political Roundup: Wednesday's Show (February 15, 2017)

A new project from The Texas Tribune is the result of several months of investigation looking at sex trafficking across Texas. The project is called Sold Out: How the crusade against sex trafficking in Texas has left child victims behind. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about the report's findings — and how Houston plays into the larger network across ...

Sex Trafficking Across Texas, and Political Roundup: Wednesday's Show (February 15, 2017)

A News Open Line: Tuesday's Show (February 14, 2017)

Amid a White House characterizing the media as the "opposition party," instant feedback – both positive and negative – via social media, coarsened public discourse on, well, everything that seems to even challenge objective facts, and long-standing debate in the public – and in media itself — over the role journalists should play, it can be a challenge to simply ...

Houston's Global Economy, and Pet Care Advice: Monday's Show (February 13, 2017)

Houston recently hosted a trade delegation from Cuba. It's one example of how Houston is part of the larger global economy. That stands in contrast to what appears to be happening on the national level, as President Donald Trump signs executive orders that seem to take the completely opposite approach. And, after the White House issued an executive order that temporarily ...

Houston's Global Economy, and Pet Care Advice: Monday's Show (February 13, 2017)

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News: Friday's Show (February 10, 2017)

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he's still assessing all the factors and possible fallout involved in potentially ending the county's cooperation with the controversial 287(g) program. The program allows local law enforcement to transfer inmates with criminal records who are undocumented immigrants over to federal authorities. Gonzalez campaigned on ending the program, and critics say he hasn't done that ...

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and The Good, Bad and Ugly of the News: Friday's Show (February 10, 2017)

How Will Fewer Regulations Affect Houstonians? Thursday's Show (February 9, 2017)

President Trump says he's going to seriously roll back regulations on businesses. So, for a city like Houston with so much industry, what would that mean for us? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss how fewer regulations might affect business and the environment in Greater Houston. Joining us for this conversation is Adrian Shelley, who serves as both the ...

How Will Fewer Regulations Affect Houstonians? Thursday's Show (February 9, 2017)

Political Roundup and Rockets Turn 50: Wednesday's Show (February 8, 2017)

From President Trump's cabinet appointees being confirmed (one requiring a tie-breaking vote in the Senate from the Vice President), to the Texas Senate beginning action on Gov. Abbott's emergency items, including a preliminary vote Tuesday on a bill to ban so-called "sanctuary cities," on this edition of Houston Matters we break down recent political news and discuss how it all ...

Political Roundup and Rockets Turn 50: Wednesday's Show (February 8, 2017)

Science Standards in Texas Schools: Tuesday's Show (February 7, 2017)

On Wednesday (Feb. 1, 2017), the Texas Board of Education held a preliminary vote on science standards, which some worry could make room for the teaching of creationism in science classrooms. On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more from Texas Tribune reporter Aliyya Swaby, and then discuss famous court battles over evolution and creationism with Josh Blackman from ...

Super Bowl 51 — How Did Houston Do? Monday's Show (Feb. 6, 2017)

It's all over. Super Bowl 51 — Houston's big moment at the center of the sports universe that was years in the making – is in the books. As the teams, visitors and celebrities trickle out of town we ask: How'd Houston do? How did Houston perform as a host city? The game itself will give us plenty to talk ...

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