Houston Matters

Houston Matters

Houston Matters is a radio program airing weekdays at 9 am 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, business, transportation, arts and culture, literature, sports and leisure. But we also hope that what we do each day on Houston Matters serves as the beginning of a conversation — one we hope you’ll continue here, at home, at work, with family, with friends and neighbors. We hope to introduce Houstonians to one another, to celebrate our diversity, and to engage one another through stories and conversations that demonstrate depth and context. Just the sort of thing you count on from public media.... Show More

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March 4, 2021 49 min

On Thursday's Houston Matters: Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to end the statewide mask mandate despite pleas from public health officials not to do so has once again brought into focus a key -- and, so far, unanswered -- question: when will the pandemic really be over? We seek some clarity on the eventual finish line. Also this hour: What should our public policy priorities be after the COVID-19 pandemic? A new survey from Ri...

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On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We get local reaction to Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that he’s ending Texas’ statewide mask mandate next week and will allow all businesses to open at full capacity. The change, which comes as the seven-day average of new coronavirus deaths remains above 200, will go into effect March 10. And the CEO of Shell says oil production is on its final decline. Is Houston listening? Also this hour: W...

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  On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We get an update on COVID-19 in Greater Houston from Houston Health Authority Dr. David Persse.  Also this hour: Houston City Councilmember Sallie Alcorn answers your questions about issues affecting the city. Plus: Floods, hurricanes, chemical fires, last month’s freeze and power failures – what will it take for you to exclaim, “enough already” to living in Houston? A campaign several years back...

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On Monday's Houston Matters: The annual energy conference CERAWeek kicks off today. And, for the second year in a row, it's virtual. Daniel Yergin, the event's chairman and an energy industry analyst, talks about the future of the energy industry and this year's conference. Also this hour: We offer you your monthly chance to complain -- err share -- your pet peeves about life in Greater Houston. And we get an update...

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On Friday's Houston Matters: Pres. Joe Biden is visiting Houston today in the wake of last week’s massive power and water outages. It’s his first visit to the Bayou City since taking office. Are presidential visits like this useful? We discuss. Also this hour: A new pilot program called Girls Moving Forward looks to provide trauma counseling for young women in the juvenile justice system who are sex trafficking victims. Then, w...

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On Thursday's Houston Matters: Sky-high electrical bills are leading some Texans to court. We take a closer look at the expensive and litigious fallout from last week's freezing weather and statewide power outages. And we learn about the civil investigation Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee is launching into the circumstances leading up to the disaster. Also this hour: The history of Houston's Freedmen’s Town and...

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On Wednesday's Houston Matters: The new FEMA-funded COVID-19 vaccination center at NRG Stadium officially opened this morning. It’s one of the three vaccine mega-centers federally backed in Texas. The Houston mega-center is a drive-through facility and will start vaccinating people already on the Harris County and City of Houston vaccine wait lists. Also this hour: We discuss the response by state leaders to last week's mas...

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On Tuesday's Houston Matters: As state lawmakers take up Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency item on ERCOT reform in hearings this week, lawyers across the state try to sue the nonprofit corporation that manages the state’s electric grid for deaths and damages caused by last week’s power outages. But can they? Also this hour: Houston City Councilman Edward Pollard, who represents District J, answers listener questions. Then, with the ...

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On Monday’s show: We learn how hospitals dealt with last week’s power and water outages amid a global pandemic. Also this hour: We discuss how grocery stores are dealing with the demand for food and water and learn what they’d like to see change to help them better meet customer needs in a future emergency. Then, as we review what went wrong during last week’s devastating power failures, we have to remember that this was,... Read M...

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On Friday’s Houston Matters: We get the latest on efforts to restore water service and to address water pressure issues around Greater Houston along with an update on electricity outages.  And you might have power, but what about issues with your pipes — and possibly even damage from broken ones? A pair of plumbing experts answer your questions, which you can submit now to talk@houstonmatters.org. Also this hour: We check in ne...

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On Thursday's Houston Matters: We're taking the hour to answer your questions about the freeze, the power outages, the water pressure problems, the price gouging concerns, you name it. We'll be joined throughout the hour by the chief executive of Fort Bend County, Judge K.P. George. He also leads the county's emergency management office. We'll hear from Eric Berger, meteorologist and editor of Space City Weather...

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On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: A TxDOT representative updates us on road conditions around the region. Also this hour: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Meghan Arthur from Montgomery County Homeland Security and Emergency Management update us on the situations in their respective jurisdictions. Then: Why has Texas largely gone it alone when it comes to electricity generation? Politics, of course. We talk it over in our weekly p...

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Houston is certainly being tested by some of the coldest weather in decades. But how much longer can we expect it to go on? We get a hype-free forecast, and Space City Weather meteorologist Eric Berger lets us know what we can expect for the rest of the week. Also this hour: Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo answers your questions about the county's response to the icy weather, COVID-19, and other issues. You can send... Read Mo...

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On Monday's Houston Matters: We get the latest on the frigid weather and its impact on the region from Eric Berger of Space City Weather. Also this hour: Former Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson joins us. Her nonprofit Justice Forward is launching a new program called Girls Moving Forward to provide trauma counseling for victims of sex trafficking. Then, veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers your pet care questions....

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February 12, 2021 48 min

On Friday's Houston Matters: The latest on frigid weather rolling into the area. Also this hour: What some COVID testing sites are charging your health insurance -- and why you should care. Then, we get advice on protecting your plants from frigid weather along with answers to your gardening questions. And, from possible snow in Greater Houston to the omission of the national anthem at a recent Dallas Mavericks game, we discuss...

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  On Thursday's Houston Matters: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott plans to open three mass vaccination sites by the end of this month, including one at Houston’s NRG Stadium. It’s part of a federal pilot program aimed at vaccinating some 10,000 people in eight weeks. And it's led mostly by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Also this hour: How do you separate a beloved character from the actor who played him – especially after ...

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On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Houston Methodist Hospital in Fort Bend County has confirmed not only another case of the U.K COVID variant, but also a new one that seems to have originated in South Africa. Officials say early evidence shows both strains spread faster than the current dominant strain in Greater Houston. News 88.7’s Matt Harab explains what officials have to say about how long these virus variants have been circ...

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On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Texas Republican Ron Wright has died, making him the first sitting member of Congress to lose his life after testing positive for the coronavirus. And why is Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office facing deeper cuts than most state agencies in lawmakers’ proposed budget for the next two years? Also this hour: City Councilmember Tiffany Thomas, who represents District F, answers listener questions. Th...

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On Monday's Houston Matters: The NAACP is pushing for the renaming of Negrohead Lake in Baytown. We learn more about those efforts. Also this hour: What a recent road rage incident says about the psychology of some Houston drivers, and what to do about it. Then, a new study examines the environmental, physical, and personal stressors of the pandemic that are particularly hard on low-income families with children. And we get an ...

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On Friday's Houston Matters: A new Black Lives Matter mural honoring George Floyd will be painted today on Alabama Street in front of Yates High School. We learn more about the project. Also this hour: We learn about the new two-part PBS series The Black Church, which reflects on the broad history and culture of the Black church and explores African American faith communities on the frontlines of hope and change. The series air...

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