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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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Bad and Ugly, More Bad and Ugly, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and More Good: Friday's S...

Apologies for the bizarre headline, but sometimes our show has some rather wild shifts in both variety and tone. We lead off this edition of Houston Matters by discussing a new study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology which finds the number of women in Texas who died from complications from pregnancy nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. Some 600 women lost ...

Bad and Ugly, More Bad and Ugly, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and More Good: Friday's S...

Ozone Standards Follow-up and Championship Quidditch: Thursday's Show (August 25, 2016)

Yeah. You're looking at a Quidditch match above. More about that below. First, on Monday's program, we discussed how Greater Houston has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels and is facing new, even tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act. That, according to the Greater Houston Partnership, may create circumstances that could prompt companies wanting to build new industrial ...

Ozone Standards Follow-up and Championship Quidditch: Thursday's Show (August 25, 2016)

Custody Deaths and Affordable Housing: Wednesday's Show (August 24, 2016)

There's a new database documenting the deaths of Texas citizens in two types of situations: deaths as a result of encounters with law enforcement (such as the use of deadly force) and deaths that occur while in law enforcement custody (such as in jail or in prison). The database, called the Texas Justice Initiative, says that in the decade from 2005 ...

Custody Deaths and Affordable Housing: Wednesday's Show (August 24, 2016)

Ozone Standards and Mental Health on Campus: Monday's Show (August 22, 2016)

The Houston region has long exceeded federal standards for ozone levels. With new, tougher standards set forth in the Clean Air Act, Houston's really only further away. It may be little comfort, but now we have some company: El Paso and San Antonio have joined Houston on a dubious ozone offender list. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the ...

Ozone Standards and Mental Health on Campus: Monday's Show (August 22, 2016)

School Prayer and a Secret Service Memoir: Friday's Show (August 19, 2016)

Last year, the American Humanist Association sued the Birdville Independent School District, northeast of Fort Worth, over its practice of opening school board meetings with student-delivered prayers. In the year since, the two sides have tussled over motions to dismiss. Most recently, the school district has appealed to have the case against individual school board members dismissed. On this edition ...

School Prayer and a Secret Service Memoir: Friday's Show (August 19, 2016)

Fetal Disposal, Oil and Gas Layoffs, and Blended Families: Thursday's Show (August 18, 2016)

New rules proposed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the state's Health and Human Services Commission would change the way fetal tissue is disposed of after medical procedures like abortions, requiring burials or cremation instead of long-standing procedures allowing disposal in sanitary landfills. But it would also apply to miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies terminated in doctor's offices. That led the ...

Fetal Disposal, Oil and Gas Layoffs, and Blended Families: Thursday's Show (August 18, 2016)

Texas vs. the Federal Government, and School Closures: Wednesday's Show (August 17, 2016)

Texas has always had a bit of a contentious relationship with the federal government — especially lately. One report says that, since Pres. Obama took office in 2009, his administration has been sued by the state at least 43 times. One of the most recent lawsuits deals with transgender children and bathrooms in schools, and last year the state fought ...

Texas vs. the Federal Government, and School Closures: Wednesday's Show (August 17, 2016)

Pensions and ADA Compliant Voting: Tuesday's Show (August 16, 2016)

Last week (August 9, 2016), Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research released a report highlighting the current financial state of Houston's pensions. The report lays out why the city's unfunded liabilities are growing, and offers options for reform (though it does not make any recommendations about those options). On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the report with ...

Fountain View, Back to School and Pet Care: Monday's Show (August 15, 2016)

Earlier this month, Mayor Sylvester Turner turned down a plan from the Houston Housing Authority that would have built a mixed-income complex near the Galleria area, saying he's not going to present that plan to Houston City Council. The Mayor's main objection to the project is the price tag. While the city wouldn't need to provide funding to build the complex, ...

Fountain View, Back to School and Pet Care: Monday's Show (August 15, 2016)

Newspaper Endorsements and Welcoming Cities: Friday's Show (August 12, 2016)

Late last month, the Houston Chronicle editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. Typically, newspapers wait until the days or weeks just before an election to make such an endorsement, but, as the Chronicle's editorial outlining the decision stated, the paper made "an exception in the 2016 presidential race, because the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is not ...

Newspaper Endorsements and Welcoming Cities: Friday's Show (August 12, 2016)

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