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: Groundbreaking For Midtown’s New Innovation Hub, And State Leaders Urge Prosecutors To Enforce Marijuana Laws (July 19, 2019)

July 19th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning at the future site of The Ion – a property owned by Rice University that is set to be an innovation hub, where venture capital firms and …

Full Show: Expanding Market-Based Parking, Echo Chambers, And Preserving Blues Artifacts (July 18, 2019)

July 18th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: You may, in the future, find fewer places to park in EaDo, Midtown, and the Near Northside. Houston City Council Wednesday voted to expand “market-based parking” into some portions of …

Full Show: Vote Delayed On Sewage Plan, Political Roundup, And Women’s Football In The ’70s (July 17, 2019)

July 17th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: The Houston City Council is delaying a vote on an agreement with the EPA to curb sewage spills that violate the …

Full Show: More Extreme Heat In Texas’ Future, And The Legacy Of Apollo 11 (July 16, 2019)

July 16th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A new report from the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists says that, without significant carbon emissions reductions globally, by the middle of the century Texas will see more than …

Full Show: Preventing HIV/AIDS, And How Air Conditioning Shaped Houston (July 15, 2019)

July 15th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: The head of the CDC is in Houston today in connection with a Trump administration initiative to dramatically reduce the rate of new HIV infections through more effective distribution of …

Full Show: Complaints Against A Faith-Based Health Share Company, And The Rockets Land Russell Westbrook (July 12, 2019)

July 12th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: A faith-based health share plan is under fire after several consumer complaints, including one from a Woodlands woman who claims Aliera Healthcare is denying coverage for her chemotherapy …

Full Show: Tropical Storm Barry Update, And Looming Immigration Raids (July 11, 2019)

July 11th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: As Tropical Storm Barry approaches, New Orleans received some eight inches of rain Wednesday causing street flooding. While Louisiana may have more stormy weather ahead, what about …

Full Show: What New Petrochemical Projects Mean For The Region, And Playing Cricket In Prairie View (July 10, 2019)

July 10th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Woodlands-based Chevron Phillips Chemical has signed a deal with Qatar Petroleum to develop an $8 billion …

Full Show: Hurricane Season Preparedness, And One Architect’s Dream To Repurpose The Astrodome (July 9, 2019)

July 9th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We continue to monitor a storm system that has been developing over Georgia and the Florida panhandle over the last couple of days. It’s not a hurricane. It’s not a tropical storm. It’s …

Full Show: Affordable Care Act Case In Texas, And Rerouting I-45 (July 8, 2019)

July 8th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: Last year, a federal judge in Texas declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. State Republican leaders promised …

Full Show: New Hemp Law, The Food Scene In Katy, And Broadway’s Aladdin (July 3, 2019)

July 3rd, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A new Texas law regarding hemp is having some unintended consequences for how marijuana cases are handled. Also this hour: From President Trump's plans for a parade and rally along the …

Full Show: DUI Prevention, And Defining Patriotism (July 2, 2019)

July 2nd, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Drunken driving arrests are up nearly 75 percent in the first six months of the 2019 compared to the same period last …

Full Show: Vetting Sources In Breaking News, And Plans To Eliminate Student Debt (July 1, 2019)

July 1st, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: A Texas Tribune investigation found a source many news organizations quoted related to the Santa Fe school shooting last …

Full Show: Father And Daughter Memorial At The Border, And HISD Budget Approved 5-1 (June 28, 2019)

June 28th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: News 88.7’s Immigration Reporter, Elizabeth Trovall, is reporting live from the border. She tells us about a memorial …

Full Show: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Final Decisions, And Last Night’s Democratic Presidential Debate Overview (June 27, 2019)

June 27th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up its term today by releasing its final opinions, including one temporarily blocking a proposed citizenship question for the next U.S. Census, and another …

Full Show: Kinder Morgan Wins Texas Eminent Domain Challenge, And Wrongful Conviction Compensation Denied (June 26, 2019)

June 26th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A Travis County District Court ruled Tuesday that Kinder Morgan Inc. does not need to seek approval from the Texas …

Full Show: DA Ogg Requests Additional Funds To Hire Prosecutors, And Why We Are Emotionally Attached To Local Brands (June 25, 2019)

June 25th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg wants money to hire additional prosecutors and investigators. Harris County Commissioners Court is considering her request. Ogg joins us to explain …

Full Show: Houston Reactions To “Postponed” ICE Raids, And Paying For Education Without Breaking The Bank (June 24, 2019)

June 24th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: On Saturday (June 22) President Trump “postponed” his threat of ICE raids across 10 major cities in the nation, including Houston. News 88.7’s immigration reporter Elizabeth Trovall tells us …

Full Show: Police Seek Katy Man In Connection With David Ortiz Shooting, And EPA And Local Partners Discuss Lead Dust (June 21, 2019)

June 21st, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: Police in the Dominican Republic say 43-year-old Víctor Hugo Gómez, whose last known address was in Katy, is wanted in …

Full Show: TxDOT’s Largest Road Project Raises Questions About Driver Safety, And The History And Legacy Of Houston’s Pride Festival (June 20, 2019)

June 20th, 2019


Thursday's Houston Matters: A chunk of concrete fell off I-45 Thursday morning as Houstonians made their morning commutes. No one was injured, but the incident has prompted questions about highway safety. We address …

Full Show: Harris Co. Judge Hidalgo Addresses Residents’ Concerns, And Our Complicated Relationship With Plastics (June 19, 2019)

June 19th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo discusses some of the issues county residents are concerned about -- such as disaster preparation, transportation, and air quality -- as indicated in a …

Full Show: Texas Voter Poll, And The Separation Of Church And State (June 18, 2019)

June 18th, 2019


  On Tuesday's Houston Matters: A new poll finds Democrats and Republicans in Texas are sharply divided over, well, pretty much everything. No …

Full Show: HISD’s New State Funds, And Writer Elliot Ackerman (June 17, 2019)

June 17th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: As Texas rolls out new school finance rules, the Houston Federation of Teachers has ideas for how HISD should spend some …

Full Show: Possible Changes To Sex Ed, And Writer Tembi Locke (June 14, 2019)

June 14th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: State officials are recommending changes to sex education in schools. We talk with an expert from UTHealth about what …

Full Show: Global Trade, Kosher Business, And Weird Al (June 13, 2019)

June 13th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: The Greater Houston Partnership has revealed findings of a report on Houston’s economic place in the world. The GHP’s 2019 Global Houston report focuses on foreign investment, immigration, …

Full Show: Ranking Texas Health Care, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (June 12, 2019)

June 12th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: New rankings from The Commonwealth Fund put Texas at the bottom of the list for health care access and affordability. We take a look at health care in Texas -- where it’s improving and …

Full Show: Southern Baptist Convention, And Inside The School Finance Reform Bill (June 11, 2019)

June 11th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: As the Southern Baptist Convention begins in Alabama, church leaders say addressing sexual abuse within Southern …

Full Show: Sex Abuse And The Church, And Protecting Seniors From Scams (June 10, 2019)

June 10th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: Religious leaders are holding key meetings this week amid newly-uncovered allegations about sexual abuse and misconduct …

Full Show: Carbon Neutral Oil, And Highway Construction Updates (June 7, 2019)

June 7th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: Some oil producers are touting efforts to pursue ways to simultaneously scrub carbon dioxide from the air while …

Full Show: Migrant Detention Upsurge, And Answers To Your Questions About Sleep (June, 6, 2019)

June 6th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics released Wednesday indicate more than 144,000 migrants were taken into custody in May. That’s 32 percent more than in April -- and also the …

Full Show: Pressing For Disaster Relief Funds, Political Roundup, And Musician Pete Yorn (June 5, 2019)

June 5th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We get an update from the National Weather Service on the heavy rain that's been affecting the region. And, since Hurricane Harvey made landfall nearly two years ago, we’ve heard more and …

Full Show: Petrochemical Industry Emergency Response Efforts, And NASA’s Twins Studies (June 4, 2019)

June 4th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We look back on the morning of March 17, 2019 when a tank fire broke out at Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer …

Full Show: Children At Risk Release School Report Card, And Southern Baptist Missionary Abuse Uncovered (June 3, 2019)

June 3rd, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: Children at Risk president Dr. Robert Sanborn joins us to discuss their 2019 report ranking public schools in Greater …

Full Show: Preparing For Hurricane Season, And Issues Facing Texas Teachers (May 31, 2019)

May 31st, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: Harris County will raise property appraisals significantly for homes that were given a tax break last year after Harvey. …

Full Show: Safety Measures At Sporting Events, And What We Know About CBD (May 30, 2019)

May 30th, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: A young child was hospitalized last night after being struck by a foul ball during the fourth inning of the Astros …

Full Show: Immigration Plans From Texas Presidential Candidates, And The Week In Politics (May 29, 2019)

May 29th, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Texas presidential candidates Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke have both unveiled their plans for immigration should …

Full Show: Legislature Wrap-Up, And Improving Houston Parking (May 28, 2019)

May 28th, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: After the marathon of 140 days, the 2019 Texas Legislature has ended. From the state budget, to health care, to …

Full Show: Houston’s Future Transportation Needs, And The Effect Of Freestanding ERs (May 24, 2019)

May 24th, 2019


On Friday's Houston Matters: The Houston-Galveston Area Council is considering the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan, which identifies the region's …

Full Show: Harvey Bill Heads To The Governor, And Homebuying Is Overrated (May 23, 2019)

May 23rd, 2019


On Thursday's Houston Matters: A sweeping flood projects bill heads to the desk of Gov. Greg Abbott. The Texas Legislature passed the measure establishing new funds for grants and loans to local governments, now almost …

Full Show: Raising The Age For Tobacco, And The Lost Galveston Hurricane Statue (May 22, 2019)

May 22nd, 2019


On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Assuming Gov. Greg Abbott signs a bill passed by state lawmakers, you may soon need to be 21 to buy tobacco products in Texas. We discuss what this bill might accomplish, and what else is …

Full Show: Generational Differences Among Texas Voters, And The China Trade War’s Affect On Houston (May 21, 2019)

May 21st, 2019


On Tuesday's Houston Matters: While many Texas voters tend to agree on limiting property taxes and opposing a higher sales tax, there are sharp …

Full Show: Accountability For Environmental Incidents, And Hearing From All Sides (May 20, 2019)

May 20th, 2019


On Monday's Houston Matters: It’s been just over two months since a fire broke out at the ITC chemical facility in Deer Park, sending a plume of black smoke over much of Houston. The incident is just the latest of …

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 …

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