Houston Matters

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Houston Matters is a radio program airing weekdays at noon on Houston Public Media News 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, … read more

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Full Show: The Human Toll Of Santa Fe, One Year Later (May 17, 2019)

May 17th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: Tomorrow marks one year since the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, where a gunman killed ten people and injured 13 …

Full Show: Prop B Ruled Unconstitutional, And Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad (May 16, 2019)

May 16th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: With the ruling yesterday that Proposition B violates the Texas constitution, which the Houston Professional Fire …

Full Show: Homelessness In Houston, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (May 15, 2019)

May 15th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn more about the annual homeless count from The Coalition for the Homeless. In 2018, for the first time, the …

Full Show: Bayport Chemical Spill, And Hosting The World Cup (May 14, 2019)

May 14th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Hundreds of fish have reportedly washed up on shore in Kemah. And state health officials have suspended oyster harvesting and are urging the public not to eat fish caught in a certain part …

Full Show: Annual Survey Reveals What Concerns Houstonians (May 13, 2019)

May 13th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: The latest Houston Area Survey from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is being revealed at a …

Full Show: Heavy Rain And Flooding, And Synchronized Swimming (May 10, 2019)

May 10th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: More heavy rain is expected tonight and this weekend as Houston deals with some of the heaviest rainfall it’s seen since Hurricane Harvey. We get the latest forecast and learn how the area’s …

Full Show: Saving Historic Texas Dance Halls, Jared Diamond, And Actor Wilmer Valderrama (May 9, 2019)

May 9th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: The Environmental Integrity Project says air quality data reveals concerning levels of sulfur dioxide tied to oil and …

Full Show: Report On Surge Flooding, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (May 8, 2019)

May 8th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Recent torrential rains have created pockets of flooding throughout the city, which is a reminder that such surge flooding poses a significant threat to the economic security of the …

Full Show: New Sandra Bland Video, And Barbara Bush ‘The Matriarch’ (May 7, 2019)

May 7th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Sandra Bland was found dead in her Waller County jail cell in 2015. Now, a newly uncovered video of her arrest is raising questions about how the case was handled. We examine Bland’s arrest …

Full Show: Reservoir Lawsuit, And Remembering Capella Tucker (May 6, 2019)

May 6th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: A group of homeowners who flooded near the Addicks and Barker reservoirs during Harvey will have their cases heard in federal court today. The group says the Army Corps of Engineers …

Full Show: The UH Medical School, And Comedian Ramy Youssef (May 3, 2019)

May 3rd, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner is giving an update on the implementation of Proposition B today. We bring you the latest. And …

Full Show: Prostitution On The Bissonnet Track, And Strange Houston News (May 2, 2019)

May 2nd, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: Bissonnet Street has earned a reputation for prostitution and human trafficking. And so local officials have taken the unusual step of asking a judge to declare the so-called Bissonnet …

Full Show: Political Roundup, And Family-Friendly Dining (May 1, 2019)

May 1st, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: From the Texas House passing a property tax reform bill, to Attorney General William Barr testifying about the …

Full Show: Criminal Charges Against ITC, And Restoring Historic Buildings (April 30, 2019)

April 30th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Harris County has filed five environmental criminal charges against the company that owns the Deer Park petrochemical facility that sustained a massive and days-long fire in March. We …

Full Show: Prosecuting Environmental Crimes, And Running Public Meetings (April 29, 2019)

April 29th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: As Texas lawmakers consider a new bill aimed at making storage tanks more resilient, Harris County Commissioners Court is considering whether to add additional prosecutors to the District …

Full Show: Reducing Traffic Deaths, And A School Dress Code For Parents (April 26, 2019)

April 26th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: Texas is one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to traffic deaths. We learn why and explore efforts to …

Full Show: Presidential Candidate Forum, And Galveston Home Renovators (April 25, 2019)

April 25th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: Eight of the 20 declared Democratic presidential candidates descended on Houston Wednesday to make their case to women …

Full Show: Bidding War For Anadarko, And Ageism In Politics (April 24, 2019)

April 24th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A bidding war is breaking out over Anadarko Petroleum, with Occidental making an offer worth $76 per share in cash …

Full Show: The Effect Of Sea Level Rise On Property Values, And Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (April 23, 2019)

April 23rd, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Texas should have seen about $76 million more in property value had it not been for sea level rise, according to a new …

Full Show: Oil Prices Spike, And The Right Way To Treat A Snake Bite (April 22, 2019)

April 22nd, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: Oil prices hit a near six-month high today after the United States said importers of oil from Iran would have to either …

Full Show: Houston Connections To The Mueller Report, And Lessons From Midsize Cities (April 19, 2019)

April 19th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: An Instagram post about a confederate rally in Houston is cited in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as the …

Full Show: Texas Population Growth, And Reparations For Slavery (April 18, 2019)

April 18th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: Cities across Texas, from Houston to Midland, are seeing growth as the state's economy remains strong and West Texas oilfields continue to boom, according to new data from the U.S. Census …

Full Show: City Council Considers Layoffs, And Political Roundup (April 17, 2019)

April 17th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: As the Houston Professional Fire Fighter’s Association and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s administration continue negotiations over voter-mandated pay raises, city council members today are …

Full Show: Strategies To Mitigate Flooding, And Starting A Business In Houston (April 16, 2019)

April 16th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Growth in the greater Houston area has driven more runoff and an inability for the land to absorb water at a rate that …

Full Show: Texas Killing Fields Victims Identified, And The Zimmerman Telegram (April 15, 2019)

April 15th, 2019


 On Monday's Houston Matters: Police in League City have identified two bodies found near Calder Road in what’s been called the “Texas Killing …

Full Show: Chevron Buying Anadarko, And Understanding The Texas Constitution (April 12, 2019)

April 12th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: Chevron is buying Anadarko Petroleum for $33 billion. That’s the largest such purchase in the energy sector since Royal …

Full Show: Raising Sales Taxes, And Arkema Indictments (April 11, 2019)

April 11th, 2019


  On Thursday's Houston Matters: We check in with Texas Tribune reporter Aliyya Swaby, on a legislative proposal to raise the sales tax by one percentage point in order to lower property taxes across the state. And the …

Full Show: Trump Visits Houston, And Insurers Opening Health Clinics (April 10, 2019)

April 10th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Pres. Trump will make several stops in Texas today, including in Crosby at the International Union of Operating Engineers International Training and Education Center. News 88.7's Florian …

Full Show: The Role Of Texas In Wind Energy, And Former NFL Player Martellus Bennett (April 9, 2019)

April 9th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We learn about the role Texas plays as the focal point of the wind industry in connection with the 2018 U.S. Wind …

Full Show: Preventing Youth Violence, And NPR’s Joshua Johnson (April 8, 2019)

April 8th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: The Houston Health Department has released its strategic plan to prevent youth violence. We discuss the department’s …

Full Show: VP Pence Visits Houston, And Contributions Of Houston’s Sicilian Immigrants (April 5, 2019)

April 5th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: Vice President Mike Pence will meet with homeland security and border officials during his visit to Houston today. News 88.7’s Elizabeth Trovall is covering the visit, and joins us with …

Full Show: School Finance Bill Moves Forward, And St. Luke’s Drops Heart Transplant Funding Appeal (April 4, 2019)

April 4th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: The Texas House has passed a much anticipated bill reforming the way school districts receive state funds. But we’re …

Full Show: KMCO’s Legal History, And Predictions For Hurricane Season (April 3, 2019)

April 3rd, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: With the second fire at a Houston-area chemical facility in just over two weeks, we learn more about KMCO’s Crosby …

Full Show: Fort Bend County Judge Discusses Priorities, And Helping Non-English Speakers In A Disaster (April 2, 2019)

April 2nd, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston: Fort Bend County is one of the most diverse counties in the country. But that diversity wasn’t reflected in its political …

Full Show: The Cost Of A Border Shutdown, And Houston’s Future Climate (April 1, 2019)

April 1st, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: President Trump has threatened a full shutdown of the U.S.-Mexico border, charging Mexico with the responsibility of …

Full Show: Proposed Property Tax Reforms, And Sandy Hook Mothers (March 29, 2019)

March 29th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: Texas lawmakers are considering two bills aimed at reforming property taxes. News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider fills us in on what’s at stake for property owners in Houston. Plus, it’s been two …

Full Show: Immigration System Reaches A ‘Breaking Point,’ And Returning To The Moon In Five Years (March 28, 2019)

March 28th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: While the number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is still below historic highs, apprehension numbers in recent weeks have been climbing, pushing the immigration system to what …

Full Show: The Affordable Care Act’s Uncertain Future, And The James Beard Awards Snub Houston (March 27, 2019)

March 27th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: New analysis shows Texans continue to seek health insurance through the Affordable Care Act even as President Donald Trump has renewed his goal to do away with the law. In its latest …

Full Show: Benzene In The Ship Channel, And HISD Ordered To Suspend Superintendent Search (March 26, 2019)

March 26th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The Galveston Bay Foundation says it found levels of benzene in the Houston Ship Channel above the EPA’s standards for fish and shellfish exposure. Those readings, taken Friday and …

Full Show: ITC Cleanup Continues, And City Controller Weighs In On Layoffs (March 25, 2019)

March 25th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: We get the latest on cleanup efforts a week after the fire at the ITC chemical facility in Deer Park. Then Houston …

Full Show: No Knock Warrants, And Bringing The Arts To Juvenile Detention, (March 22, 2019)

March 22nd, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: "No-knock” warrants will now require a district court judge’s okay under new policy changes in the Houston Police …

Full Show: Benzene Levels Around Deer Park, And Combatting Antibiotic Resistance (March 21, 2019)

March 21st, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: Elevated benzene levels detected in Deer Park around the site of the extinguished ITC chemical facility fire have led …

Full Show: Chemical Fire Extinguished, New Kashmere Principal, And Writer Bryan Washington (March 20, 2019)

March 20th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: The chemical fire has been extinguished at ITC in Deer Park. We get an update on the situation in Deer Park from News 88.7’s Florian Martin. Then, University of Houston chemical and …

Full Show: Deer Park Fire Update, And Coming To Terms With The South (March 19, 2019)

March 19th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A massive smoke cloud from the ITC Deer Park fire continues to hover over Houston. But is it a real hazard, or just an ominous visual? We bring you the latest on efforts to extinguish and …

Full Show: Deer Park Chemical Fire, And Houston Airports (March 18, 2019)

March 18th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on the continuing fire at a Deer Park petrochemical facility. The fire has spread to include …

Full Show: Houstonians React To Mosque Shootings, And Irish Ghost Stories (March 15, 2019)

March 15th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: In light of the terrorist attack in New Zealand, we talk with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo about how local law …

Full Show: Beto’s Presidential Run, Tax Prep Advice, And Steve Earle (March 14, 2019)

March 14th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is running for president, hoping to build on the momentum the Democrat generated in a Senate contest last year. We discuss the announcement and his chances …

Full Show: College Admissions Scandal, And The Weekly Political Roundup (March 13, 2019)

March 13th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matter: Dozens of people have been indicted in the college admissions cheating scandal, including a pair of Houstonians. We …

Full Show: Mayor Sylvester Turner Answers Your Questions (March 12, 2019)

March 12th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner says the cost of Proposition B creates a significant budget issue for the city, which will likely mean layoffs of both firefighters and city employees. The mayor …

Full Show: Texas Educators Rally At The Capitol, And CERAWeek Kicks Off (March 11, 2019)

March 11th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: Local educators are among the many who are marching today on the Texas capitol in the Red for Ed Texas March for public …

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