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.

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June 14, 2024 49 mins

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On Friday's show: Meteorologist Eric Berger of Space City Weather tells us about some potential rain in the region next week and what might become of a tropical disturbance that is likely to develop in the G...

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On Thursday's show: With Houston City Council finally approving the city's budget, we talk with Sallie Alcorn, At-Large Council Member Position 5 and the chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee.

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On Wednesday's show: Houston City Council is taking on the city's next budget, and Hunter Biden was convicted on felony gun charges. We discuss those and other developments in local, state, and national poli...

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On Tuesday's show: The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report is out, and it doesn’t have very flattering things to say about child wellbeing in Texas. We discuss whether the report jibes with ...

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On Monday's show: HISD Superintendent Mike Miles is set to meet with Houston City Council fo...

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On Friday's show: From budget talks, to delays on the firefighters' contract, to the Montrose TIRZ project, we discuss the latest from the City of Houston with HPM's Tom Perumean.

Also this hour: Former Houst...

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On Thursday's show: Union Pacific began soil testing near the company’s contaminated railyard in Houston’s Fifth Ward this week under the oversight of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. News 88.7's Lu...

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June 5, 2024 48 mins

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On Wednesday's show: From President Biden’s border plans, to implications following Mexico’s elections, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee's pancreatic cancer diagnosis, we discuss the latest developments ...

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On Tuesday's show: HPD uses plenty of technology in its work, including plate-scanning cameras, body cams, and gunfire-detection application ShotSpotter, the latter being one piece of crime-fighting technolo...

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On Monday's show: HISD plans to ask voters to consider a $4.4 billion bond, which would be the largest in state history. We learn more about it from HPM's Erica Smith.

Also this hour: We offer Houstonians the...

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On Friday's show: After another round of storms rolled through the area, we briefly talk weather with Space City Weather's Eric Berger.

Next, Mayor Whitmire wants to end the city's ShotSpotter contract. We di...

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The Houston Matters logo on a white background Houston Matters begins at 9 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters.

On Thursday's show: News broke yesterday that ConocoPhillips p...

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On Wednesday's show: Storms on Tuesday brought wind, rain, and hail, and left some streets flooded and power out -- again. So, naturally, there’s more rain coming. Houston Chronicle meteorologist Justin Ball...

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On Tuesday's show: We learn about the recent storm’s impact on tree cover from Barry Ward of Trees for Houston.

Also this hour: We preview a busy month ahead for the U.S. Supreme Court with Charles “Rocky” Rh...

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On Friday's show: An official with CenterPoint Energy talks about the past eight days’ worth of repairs and electricity restoration, how mobile generation was used through the storm and recovery, and what’s ...

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On Thursday's show: One week after deadly storms struck parts of Greater Houston and knocked out power for thousands, we take stock of the recovery effort so far.

Also this hour: Former Houston Chronicle repo...

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On Wednesday's show: We get an update on cleanup efforts across Greater Houston from last Thursday's severe storms.

Also this hour: Is Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton auditioning to be the U.S. Attorney Gen...

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On Tuesday's show: We discuss this week’s heat and what it means for Houstonians still without power following Thursday’s severe storms. Space City Weather meteorologist Eric Berger brings us the latest. And...

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On Monday's show: Some 200,000+ CenterPoint customers are still without power following Thursday’s dramatic storm. We discuss the restoration efforts and other looming energy grid threats this week.

Also, we ...

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On Friday's show: A major storm system tore through the region last night, causing significant damage and leading to at least four fatalities from powerful winds and possible tornadic activity. We get the la...

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