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

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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LGBT Workers in the Energy Sector: Friday's Show (January 29, 2016)

Times are uncertain for many folks in the oil and gas industry, with crude oil prices continuing to drop. But some LGBT workers say there's always been plenty of uncertainty in the industry for them – and maybe more so now. That uncertainty was the subject of a recent article by the Houston Chronicle's Jordan Blum, who talked with a number ...

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Thirty Years After Challenger: Thursday's Show (January 28, 2016)

A ceremony is taking place today (Jan. 28, 2016) at Houston's Johnson Space Center in remembrance of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster 30 years ago today. On January 28th, 1986, seven astronauts died when the shuttle exploded shortly after takeoff. On this edition of Houston Matters, we look back at what happened on this date 30 years ago, remember the ...

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Vision Zero and the Yale Green Corridor: Wednesday's Show (January 27, 2016)

On Jan.14, 2016, Houston Tomorrow unveiled its "Vision Zero" plan – proposed steps to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries in Houston. On this edition of Houston Matters, we find out what they want the city to do in order to achieve that goal, as we talk with Jay Blazek Crossley, the executive director of Houston Tomorrow. ...

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