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Full Show: Space Station Privatization, And Virtual Field Trips (Feb. 22, 2018)

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:00:50 +0000

On Thursday's Houston Matters: We get the latest from a conference on flood prevention. We discuss what privatizing the International Space Station could mean for Houston. Barbecue icon Ronnie Killen talks about his craft. And we visit a program that aims to get kids out into nature using some ironic means.

Engines of Our Ingenuity 3163: Questioning The Speed Of Light

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:01:20 +0000

Episode: 3163 Answering Questions About Variable Speed Of Light Theories.  Today, the speed of light. 

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How Much Does Voting Matter In A Gerrymandered District?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:32:59 +0000

Texas is one of three states whose legislative maps have landed them before the Supreme Court this term

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New Initiative Tackles Poverty In Montgomery County

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:17:11 +0000

'E3' brings together different agencies to serve the low-income community

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Trump Hears Emotional Students And Parents Representing Stoneman Douglas High School

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:01:21 +0000

The President said: "We don't want others to go through the kind of pain you've been through."

Texas Ports Appeal To State Lawmakers For More Transportation Funding

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:35:41 +0000

Port directors tell the Senate Transportation Committee there needs to be more investment in roads that carry freight traffic. They also need funds for channel dredging, especially after Harvey.

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Syrian Barrage Buries Civilian Areas: ‘What Have We Done To Deserve This?’

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:40:36 +0000

Attacks on rebel-held eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, have killed over 250 civilians and show no signs of slowing. Aid groups say pro-regime forces are targeting residential buildings and hospitals.

Houston City Council Set to Vote On New Floodplain Regulations Next Month

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:32:29 +0000

Mayor Sylvester Turner set the vote for March 21, following council member demands for a longer public comment period.

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Ed Emmett Calls For Political Focus On Flood Protection For Harris County

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:54:19 +0000

The county Judge believes that calls to cut property taxes amount to support for decreased flood control funding

Houston Health Department Confirms Season’s First Pediatric Flu-Associated Death

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:49:04 +0000

Houston Health Department confirms the season’s first pediatric flu-associated death within the city

Report Detailing Harassment At NPR Cites ‘High Level Of Distrust’ Of Management

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:01:10 +0000

An outside legal review of NPR's handling of allegations against former top news executive Michael Oreskes found that questions were raised about his behavior even before he was hired.

UT/TT Poll: Texans Divided On Value Of #MeToo Movement

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:48:23 +0000

A majority of Texas Republican voters have unfavorable views of the #metoo movement, while most Democrats view it favorably, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

What Could Be Coming Next In Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:34:46 +0000

NPR's Embedded asks what the special counsel's track record could suggest about the road ahead for the special counsel, the White House and Congress.

Some Lawmakers Think Free Speech Is Endangered At Texas Colleges. But What Can They Do About It?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:21:53 +0000

Free speech on campus has become a hot-button issue, but it’s unclear how lawmakers can better protect it — or if they need to.

Who Decides Where Texans Cast Their Ballots?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:01:25 +0000

Primary elections in Texas are known for their low voter turnout. Sometimes, parties have to consolidate precincts

Documentary Shows You Never Truly Outgrow ‘The Age Of Love’

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:59:14 +0000

Dating and romance are just as important in your 70s as they are in your 20s, according to a new documentary.

What Houston Could Learn From The Virgin Islands About Hurricane Recovery

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:33:41 +0000

A former HUD official working on disaster recovery in the U.S. Virgin Islands talks about recovery efforts there since Hurricane Irma.

Political Roundup: Reaction To The Florida School Shooting, And Russian Indictments

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:20:06 +0000

Our panel of experts discusses the latest political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.

WATCH: HISD And Law Enforcement Chiefs Talk About School Safety in Houston

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:13:48 +0000

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and HISD Interim Chief of Police Paul Cordova discuss:

Rice Conference Focues On Post-Harvey Flood Prevention

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:01:48 +0000

Houston Matters checks in on the SSPEED Center conference, and an urban planner participating in the event talks about incorporating the potential for flooding into future urban planning.

‘America’s Pastor’ Billy Graham Dies At 99, Rice’s Expert On Reverend Talks About His Deep Influence

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:04:40 +0000

He became a regular White House visitor, meeting with every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama and becoming a friend and counselor to several

Harris County Early Voting Kicked Off Tuesday

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:43:03 +0000

Starting numbers in nation's first primaries this year jump significantly over those in '14

Three Tornadoes Touched Down In North Texas

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:13:20 +0000

Tornadoes have hit North Texas, demolishing at least one mobile home and damaging about a dozen others

New Strikes Kill 10 In Rebel-Held Suburbs Of Syrian Capital

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:25:34 +0000

At least 260 people have been killed since Sunday night

WATCH: Florida House Declines Debate On Assault Rifles, Instead Calls Porn A ‘Health Risk’

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:21:04 +0000

The Parkland students also plan to meet Wednesday with top legislative leaders

Dallas Mavericks Launch Probe After Allegations Of Workplace Misconduct

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:10:19 +0000

The team have hired a firm to conduct an investigation into alleged inappropriate work-place behavior directed at female employees.

Texas Parole Board Recommends Killer Be Spared From Death

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:04:23 +0000

The parole board's presiding officer, said the panel recommended the governor commute the sentence to a lesser penalty

Full Show: Flood Prevention Conference, And Political Roundup (Feb. 21, 2018)

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:44 +0000

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We check in on a Rice University conference on flood prevention. Then, our experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political news. Then, we compare hurricane recovery efforts in Texas with those in the Caribbean. And a new documentary examines senior citizens in the dating game.

Engines of Our Ingenuity 1471: Jamestown and Suicide

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:01:27 +0000

Episode: 1471 Some thoughts about immigrants, depression, suicide & Jamestown.  Today, a story about Jamestown and self-destruction.  

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How Long Are You Contagious With The Flu?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:43:02 +0000

Finally getting out from under the flu? Just because you're feeling better doesn't mean you can't get other people sick. You can spread the flu for longer than you might think

The Father Of The Internet Sees His Invention Reflected Back Through A ‘Black Mirror’

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:29:48 +0000

The titans of Silicon Valley have a grand vision of the future. But they have a tendency to miss the downside of their inventions — think cybercrime and online harassment

After Four Weeks, State Sen. Carlos Uresti’s Criminal Fraud Case Heads To The Jury

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:20:23 +0000

Testimony and closing arguments have wrapped up in the criminal trial of state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio. Now a jury will decide whether he's guilty of 11 felony counts

Fort Worth Lesbian Couple Sues Trump Administration After Being Blocked As Foster Parents

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:16:46 +0000

The lawsuit argues that violated the couple’s first amendment, due process and equal protection rights

Oprah To Donate $500,000 To Students Marching Against Gun Violence

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:13:47 +0000

Students are mobilizing a March 24 march in Washington and elsewhere to urge lawmakers to enact tougher gun control

Trump Endorses Romney For U.S. Senate, But Does It Signal Détente?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:05:08 +0000

Pundits have speculated that the famously strained relationship between the president and the former presidential candidate could mean a future Sen. Romney would be a thorn in Trump's side

Call Before You Mine: Growing Number Of Cryptocurrency Farms Poses Challenge To Houston’s CenterPoint

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:49:33 +0000

The energy provider wants miners of cryptocurrency to let them know before building their operations

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Metro Approves Agreement To Operate Houston’s First Bus Rapid Transit System

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:48:14 +0000

The transit agency is also purchasing buses and other equipment for the new line near the Galleria

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Calls For Better Background Checks After Florida Shooting

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:27:15 +0000

In his first public comments since the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting last week, Abbott called the status quo "unacceptable"

Days After High School Shooting, Florida House Votes Against Ban On Assault Rifles

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:20:46 +0000

'We do have a right to go to school and not fear for our lives,' say Florida shooting survivors

Montgomery County Man Found With Explosives Inside Car: Authorities

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:06:17 +0000

The suspect was arrested at the scene and faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, a prohibited weapon and components of explosives