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

March 21st, 2019

50:14

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

50:39

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

50:05

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

50:25

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

50:33

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

50:17

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

50:22

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

50:05

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

51:02

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 …

Full Show: County-Wide Polling Places, And Ending Daylight Saving Time (March 8, 2019)

March 8th, 2019

50:12

On Friday's Houston Matters: Local officials have announced charges stemming from gang-related murders. District Attorney Kim Ogg says they’re part of an ongoing investigation. News 88.7’s Florian Martin brings us the …

Full Show: Challenges Community Colleges Face, And Surviving Sexual Abuse (March 7, 2019)

March 7th, 2019

49:13

On Thursday's Houston Matters: Congressional Democrats are requesting more information about a decision not to use a NASA jet to monitor air quality after Harvey. This probe comes just days after the Los Angeles Times …

Full Show: Spotting Pollution After Harvey, And Houston’s Best Pizza (March 6, 2019)

March 6th, 2019

50:58

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A state official is defending his decision to reject NASA's offer to fly a pollution-detecting plane over Houston in …

Full Show: Disaster Funds Favor The Rich, And Lowering Blood Alcohol Limits (March 5, 2019)

March 5th, 2019

50:47

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: An NPR investigation finds more federal disaster dollars are going to white and wealthy Americans than minorities and …

Full Show: Problems With The Texas Permanent School Fund, And Proposed Driving Test Changes (March 4, 2019)

March 4th, 2019

50:25

On Monday's Houston Matters: The Texas Permanent School Fund is the largest education endowment in the United States, valued at $44 billion. But a …

Full Show: Methodists React To LGBTQ Vote, And Houston’s ‘Extreme 911’ Saves A Man In Scotland (March 1, 2019)

March 1st, 2019

50:10

On Friday's Houston Matters: Methodist churches across Houston will hold services this weekend just days after leaders of the denomination upheld a …

Full Show: Pedestrian Deaths, And Covering Climate Change (Feb. 28, 2019)

February 28th, 2019

50:57

On Thursday's Houston Matters: Pedestrian deaths across the country have reached their highest point in nearly three decades. We explore the Texas numbers.  Also this hour: Somini Sengupta discusses what she's learned …

Full Show: Harris Co. Dept. Of Education Controversy, And The Weekly Political Roundup (Feb. 27, 2019)

February 27th, 2019

50:50

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Advocates are calling on trustees with the Harris County Department of Education to reverse some recent decisions. That includes the board’s vote to fire the organization's lobbying firm. …

Full Show: Southern Baptist Investigation Update, And Helping Institutions Prevent Abuse (Feb. 26, 2019)

February 26th, 2019

50:14

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The Southern Baptist Convention has cleared seven out of ten churches being investigated in connection with recent reports of sexual abuse. We get an update on the situation from Houston …

Full Show: Cargo Plane Crash Investigation, And Houston Pet Peeves (Feb. 25, 2019)

February 25th, 2019

50:52

On Monday's Houston Matters: Investigators continue to search Trinity Bay for wreckage from a Boeing 767 cargo plane that crashed Saturday killing all three aboard. We get some perspective on how the ensuing …

Full Show: Same-Sex Benefits Case, Pothole Repair, And Writer Justin Cronin (Feb. 22, 2019)

February 22nd, 2019

50:38

On Friday's Houston Matters: A Houston judge has thrown out a six-year-old lawsuit aimed at preventing the city from paying benefits to same-sex …

Full Show: Mayor’s Gun Violence Commission, Jeff Skilling Released, And The Doctor Shortage In Texas (Feb. 21, 2019)

February 21st, 2019

50:33

On Thursday's Houston Matters: Mayor Sylvester Turner's commission on gun violence unveiled its legislative priorities today. We find out what the …

Full Show: Crosby ISD Audit, And The Political Roundup (Feb. 20, 2019)

February 20th, 2019

50:45

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: The former superintendent of Crosby ISD made a surprise appearance at the district's board meeting Tuesday night to explain how the district got into the financial situation it now faces. …

Full Show: No-Knock Raids, And Unsung Civil Rights Leaders (Feb. 19, 2019)

February 19th, 2019

50:28

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Chief Art Acevedo says HPD will end the use of no-knock raids in most situations. That’s after a botched raid left two civilians dead and five officers injured last month. We learn more. …

Full Show: Investigating An HPD Officer, And Former Astronaut Dave Williams (Feb. 18, 2019)

February 18th, 2019

50:30

On Monday's Houston Matters: Activists are holding a town hall meeting tonight after Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced Friday the case agent …

Full Show: Bail Reform Lawsuit, The History Of Blackface, And Musician John Oates (Feb. 15, 2019)

February 15th, 2019

50:18

On Friday's Houston Matters: Harris County’s new misdemeanor bail rules are the target of a new lawsuit. A group of bail bond companies filed suit on …

Full Show: Federal Employees Brace For The Unknown, And Dealing With Road Debris (Feb. 14, 2019)

February 14th, 2019

51:12

On Thursday's Houston Matters: Federal employees in Houston are closely watching developments on Capitol Hill. Congress is expected to vote on a …

Full Show: Vaccine Legislation, Political Roundup, And Opportunity Zones (Feb. 13, 2019)

February 13th, 2019

50:25

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Advocates are urging lawmakers to adopt stronger vaccination legislation. This comes as several measles cases have been confirmed in Greater Houston. Also this hour: Our experts break …

Full Show: Future Transit Projects, And Adventure Playgrounds (Feb. 12, 2019)

February 12th, 2019

50:46

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Some Harris County commissioners explain their positions on District Attorney Kim Ogg's budget request to hire 102 additional prosecutors. Also this hour: A series of public meetings seeks …

Full Show: Sexual Abuse At Southern Baptist Churches, And Holocaust Survivor Jacob Eisenbach (Feb. 11, 2019)

February 11th, 2019

50:20

On Monday's Houston Matters: A new investigation from the Houston Chronicle reveals widespread sexual abuse at Southern Baptist churches that left behind more than 700 victims in 20 years. Two of the journalists …

Full Show: Police Chief Acevedo Supports Hiring Additional Prosecutors, And A Perfect Day Off In Houston (Feb. 8, 2019)

February 8th, 2019

50:15

On Friday's Houston Matters: We learn more about why Houston's police chief Art Acevedo praised Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s request to …

Full Show: Gun Violence Study, Energy Outlook, And The Evolution Of…Evolution (Feb. 7, 2019)

February 7th, 2019

50:32

On Thursday's Houston Matters: A new study from UTMB in Galveston says access to firearms — not mental health — is a stronger indicator of gun …

Full Show: Political Roundup, New Restaurants, And The Battleship Texas (Feb. 6, 2019)

February 6th, 2019

50:16

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Numerous officials in Fort Bend County have signed a letter calling for the remains of 95 African-American prisoners …

Full Show: Health Care Merger Called Off, And Non-Citizen Voters List (Feb. 5, 2019)

February 5th, 2019

51:09

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The proposed $14 billion merger between Houston's Memorial Hermann Health System and Baylor Scott & White has been called off. We learn the latest. Plus, Gov. Greg Abbott delivers his …

Full Show: Strife In The HISD Board, And Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (Feb. 4, 2019)

February 4th, 2019

50:30

On Monday's Houston Matters: New video obtained by the Houston Chronicle sheds further light on the strife within the HISD board. Reporter Jacob Carpenter tells us what the video reveals about the board's dysfunction. …

Full Show: Road Closures, Voter Lists, And The Music Of Harry Potter (Feb. 1, 2019)

February 1st, 2019

50:27

On Friday's Houston Matters: Houston drivers should watch out for more road construction this weekend. News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter updates us on the …

Full Show: Naming Accused Priests, And Houston’s Biggest Mistakes (Jan. 31, 2019)

January 31st, 2019

50:16

On Thursday's Houston Matters: The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is expected to release a list of priests who’ve been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors. Diocese across Texas are planning to release their …

Full Show: Non-Citizen Voter List, Political Roundup, And DNA Testing For Cancer (Jan. 30, 2019)

January 30th, 2019

50:32

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Harris County officials say thousands of residents who showed up on a state-circulated list of potential non-citizen …

Full Show: Police Officer Shooting Update, And Uncovering Who Murdered A CIA Agent (Jan. 29, 2019)

January 29th, 2019

50:31

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Four Houston police officers remain hospitalized after Monday night’s shooting in Southeast Houston. News 88.7’s …

Full Show: Rep. Dan Crenshaw, And The Alley Theatre’s New Artistic Director (Jan. 28, 2019)

January 28th, 2019

49:39

On Monday's Houston Matters: New findings from the United Way of Greater Houston say nearly 30 percent of households in Harris County cannot afford …

Full Show: Violence In Schools, Confederate Symbols, And NPR’s Carrie Johnson (Jan. 25, 2019)

January 25th, 2019

50:22

On Friday's Houston Matters: Furloughed federal workers are rallying outside the Houston offices of Sen. Ted Cruz to protest the partial government shutdown. And a new study examines the number of HISD students who have …

Full Show: Division In Venezuela, And Harris Co. Judge Lina Hidalgo (Jan. 24, 2019)

January 24th, 2019

50:29

On Thursday's Houston Matters: Venezuela’s leadership is split in two, and the United States is throwing its support behind the country’s opposition …

Full Show: HISD Accreditation Investigation, And Comedian Aasif Mandvi (Jan. 23, 2019)

January 23rd, 2019

50:21

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: The TEA has opened an investigation into the accreditation of HISD. News 88.7's Laura Isensee explains. Also this hour: From the continuing government shutdown, to the Supreme Court …

Full Show: Relief For Furloughed Federal Employees, And Latino Muslims (Jan. 22, 2019)

January 22nd, 2019

50:18

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The City of Houston is partnering with several local nonprofits, including the Houston Relief Hub, to provide aid for the many federal workers in Greater Houston who have been out of work …

Full Show: Bail Reform, And Houston Noise (Jan. 18, 2019)

January 18th, 2019

50:39

On Friday's Houston Matters: Harris County may soon release most people arrested on misdemeanor charges without them paying cash bail. The move could …

Full Show: HISD’s Superintendent Search, And A Near-Fatal Spacewalk (Jan. 17, 2019)

January 17th, 2019

50:27

On Thursday's Houston Matters: We preview tonight's HISD board meeting with News 88.7's Laura Isensee. Plus, the board is seeking input from the community for the district’s superintendent search. We turn to a panel of …

Full Show: Teacher Pay Raise Proposal, And How College Has Changed (Jan. 16, 2018)

January 16th, 2019

50:27

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A bill filed in the Texas Senate would give schools $3.7 billion but mandate public schools use the additional …

Full Show: Federal Workers Rally, And Term Limits For Congress And Senate (Jan. 15, 2019)

January 15th, 2019

50:43

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Federal workers in Houston are rallying against the government shutdown. We hear from one of them. And we meet the 17 recently elected black female judges in Harris County whose group photo …

Full Show: The Shutdown’s Effect On Airports, And Harvey Recovery Centers Opening (Jan. 14, 2019)

January 14th, 2019

50:20

On Monday's Houston Matters: A TSA checkpoint was closed Sunday afternoon in Terminal B at Bush Intercontinental Airport and stayed that way for the rest of the day. Officials ascribed the closure to staffing issues …

Full Show: Views On Muslim Americans, And The Catholic Church Grapples With Credibility (Jan. 11, 2019)

January 11th, 2019

50:28

On Friday's Houston Matters: A new study says that, while Houstonians are mostly accepting of Muslim Americans, there’s still a lot of misunderstanding. We learn more from researcher Dr. Robert McKenzie. Also this hour: …

Full Show: Pres. Trump Visits The Border, And A Mass Shooting Survivor’s Unusual Response (Jan. 10, 2019)

January 10th, 2019

50:33

On Thursday's Houston Matters: As President Trump visits the Texas-Mexico border today, a coalition of Houston-area pastors is weighing in on the situation. Also this hour: In May 2016, an Army veteran opened fire in a …

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