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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 ...
 
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Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) and special guest Craig Ackerman (@ca_rockets) discuss the shift from covering a perennial contender to a rebuilding team and the early bright spots on the roster. Listen to The Red Nation Hoops Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Spotify.Salman Ali, Craig Ackerman による
 
This week's recap, I recap the performance of my savings challenge thus far. Showing each stock position status as well disclosing my plans for the portfolio as we start April off. This savings challenge is starting to hit high gear, time to lock in Sharks! #SavingsChallenge #MoneyChallenge #CraigHouston Thinking about starting a YouTube Channel? W…
 
On Monday's Houston Matters: Fort Bend County Judge KP George joins us to discuss issues affecting his county and to answer your questions. Also this hour: What it's like to shop for a house right now in Houston. Then, veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers your questions. And we get the latest on Houston sports..…
 
On Friday's show: On this day in 1947, Texas City off of Galveston Bay was the site of the deadliest industrial accident in American history. The incident changed safety regulations in the chemical industry forever. A survivor reflects on that day, and we discuss how the event reverberates today with News 88.7's Katie Watkins, who recently collabor…
 
On Thursday's Houston Matters: The Texas Senate has passed a bill that would restrict the governor’s power to declare a state emergency. But it’s still up for Texas voters' approval. We learn more from Shawn Mulcahy of The Texas Tribune. Also this hour: We examine the challenges young people face in finding a job. And we discuss stereotypes about T…
 
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We talk with Harris County Public Health about the pause on distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and how it affects Houston. Also this hour: We break down the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, nearly all aspects of life in the past year or more have been affected by COVID-19, and it’s not qu…
 
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The White House recently released an assessment of each state’s infrastructure needs and gave them a letter grade. Texas got a C. We talk about the report and what Pres. Biden’s infrastructure plan could do for Texas. Also this hour: On this date 51 years ago, an oxygen tank explosion severely damaged the Apollo 13 spa…
 
On Monday's Houston Matters: When it comes to COVID-19, could things really return to "normal by summer" as some have suggested? Also this hour: It came as little surprise when proponents of oil and gas tried to shift the narrative during February’s freeze and power failures and lay the blame on renewable energy, even as it was clear all sources of…
 
On Friday's show: Houstonians saw smoke from yet another industrial fire Wednesday afternoon. The fire ignited at a chemical plant in Channelview operated by K-Solv, a Houston-based company specializing in environmental emergency responses. The blaze was contained in about four hours, but it calls to mind the dozens of chemical fires and explosions…
 
On Thursday's Houston Matters: Texas students saw technical issues in their first day of STAAR testing. And what do Latino parents want in a new HISD Superintendent? We learn more. Also this hour: In an attempt to stop drugs in state prisons at the beginning of the pandemic, officials stopped in-person visits and limited mail. A year later, the pro…
 
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: More than three dozen Texans have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Why is that number so much higher than almost any other state? Also, Gov. Greg Abbott has issued an executive order banning state agencies from requiring vaccine passports in order to enter public spaces or…
 
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Some parts of the country are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations as of late. But are we seeing that here? Is it a fourth wave prompted by letting our guard down — or the last gasp of a pandemic on the decline? Also this hour: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee answers your questions. You can submit yours no…
 
On Monday's Houston Matters: Several major corporations with offices in Texas have made their displeasure known regarding new voting restrictions being considered in the state legislature. But does the threat of economic ramifications ever succeed in changing policy? Also this hour: We offer you another chance to vent in our monthly session of Hous…
 
Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) and ClutchFans founder David Hardisty (@clutchfans) dissect the first six months of new Rockets general manager Rafael Stone. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Listen to The Red Nation Hoops Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Spotify.…
 
On Friday's Houston Matters: We preview the Final Four matchup between the UH Cougars and the Baylor Bears on Saturday. And, while Saturday's basketball game is huge, it still might not be the biggest in UH history. We reflect on the so-called Game of the Century against UCLA in 1968 at the Astrodome. Also this hour: A new report shows Houston busi…
 
On Thursday's Houston Matters: The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill designed to keep major social media platforms from blocking political speech. But will it hold up in court – and is it even a good idea? Also this hour: Women have left the workforce in larger proportions than men since the start of the pandemic. Why? And what …
 
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Also this hour: Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate each admit passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill is unlikely, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t talking about it — and using the surge of people crossing the border illegally to further …
 
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Three legal proceedings are underway that have implications for Houston. We take a closer look at the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, we learn more about a lawsuit filed against Center Point Energy over deaths during the February freeze, and we get the latest on more women filing lawsuits against Texans quarterback Desh…
 
On Monday's Houston Matters: Starting today, Texans age 16 and up can sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. We have the latest on vaccine distribution in Houston and across Texas. Also this hour: Some jobs have to be accomplished in person, but one lesson many have learned during the last year of the pandemic is that more jobs than maybe previously thoug…
 
Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) and special guest Adam Spolane (@AdamSpolane) react to the Houston Rockets trading Victor Oladipo to the Miami Heat at the trade deadline. Listen to The Red Nation Hoops Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Spotify.Adam Spolane, Salman Ali による
 
On Friday's Houston Matters: The ACLU of Texas has found discrepancies in the number of voter fraud prosecutions Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's office is pursuing. We learn more. Also this hour: We dig into why Paxton's office, which is supposed to enforce the state’s open record laws, isn’t releasing to reporters his own correspondence about …
 
On Thursday's Houston Matters: We discuss what qualities parents and teachers would like to see in HISD's permanent superintendent, now that longtime Interim Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan announced her departure. Also this hour: Today is the final day of operations for the River Oaks Theatre after it was announced that the venue had not been ab…
 
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: All adults in Texas will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination starting Monday. We learn how this changes things for those seeking a vaccine and what it means for the overall quest for herd immunity. Also this hour: We break down the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, we learn about efforts to…
 
Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) and Forrest Walker (@DUNOTS) react to the PJ Tucker trade, discuss the latest updates on Victor Oladipo along with possible landing spots, and end by briefly discussing how to think about the Rockets as they're rebuilding. Listen to The Red Nation Hoops Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Spotify.…
 
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We get an update on sexual assault allegations against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Also this hour: State Rep. Gene Wu addresses recent hate crimes against Asian Americans across the nation and answers your questions. You can submit yours now to talk@houstonmatters.org. Then, we reflect on the women of the Bush f…
 
On Monday's Houston Matters: The recent influx of young migrants crossing the border has forced federal officials to establish additional intake sites and seek additional temporary shelters to relieve overcrowding. We learn what unaccompanied minors go through after they cross the border and how the Biden administration is handling immigration issu…
 
On Thursday's Houston Matters: The drama surrounding Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson took a startling turn late Tuesday. Houston area attorney Tony Buzbee announced on Instagram that his law firm has filed suit against Watson. Fox 26 reported Wednesday the plaintiff alleges sexual assault. Watson stated on Twitter Tuesday night that he has “never…
 
On Wednesday's Houston Matters: The state’s COVID-19 hospitalization rate has dropped under 4,000 — its lowest number since October. Has Houston’s hospitalization rate dropped too? We hear from local health officials. Also this hour: We discuss the latest news in our weekly political roundup. Then, Houston’s annual comic convention, Comicpalooza, w…
 
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: HPD Chief Art Acevedo’s impending departure has community groups wondering what the next chief of police may -- or may not -- do to further law enforcement reform efforts. What should Houstonians expect from their next chief? We talk it over. Also this hour: City Council Member Dr. Letitia Plummer answers your question…
 
On Monday's Houston Matters: The I-45 widening project is on hold as TxDOT faces a lawsuit from Harris County and an investigation by the Federal Highway Administration. We learn the details. Also this hour: We hear an excerpt from Eddie Robinson's conversation with renowned historian Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. about his series The Black Church: Thi…
 
Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) and special guest Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) preview the 2021 NBA Trade Deadline from the Houston Rockets perspective. Listen to The Red Nation Hoops Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and Spotify. Brooklinen.com - Code REDHOOPS for $25 off and free shipping…
 
On Friday's Houston Matters: When will we reach herd immunity in Greater Houston, across the country, and around the world? Dr. Paul Klotman, president and CEO of Baylor College of Medicine weighs in. Also this hour: We conclude our weeklong reflection on the 12 months since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Greater Houston by remembering some of th…
 
In the second installment of my Stocks to Buy March 2021 series, I breakdown why I see Disney stock as a stock to buy. I give my bull thesis and present some barriers that can make this a short-term hold. If you haven't check out the first installment of this series definitely check that out too. You don't want to miss out on loading the boat in st…
 
On Thursday's Houston Matters: We re-examine renters' rights in Texas after tenants were left without water for weeks following February’s hard freeze. Also this hour: As we continue to reflect on the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding here in Greater Houston, we discuss the social impact of the past year -- from working from h…
 
ARK Invest CEO Cathie Wood added Draftkings to their portfolio recently but doubled down on the position during this current market correction where they added another 900,000 shares. I share in the same belief that this is a stock to buy now in the first installment of my Stock To Buy March 2021 series. Check out the second installment in the play…
 
On Wednesday's show: The state's mask mandate ends today, and businesses -- including restaurants -- are allowed to open at full capacity. But will they? Also this hour: We discuss the week in politics. Plus, this week as we mark the anniversary of the pandemic unfolding in Greater Houston, we reflect on the role politics played in the spread of --…
 
On Tuesday's Houston Matters: The CDC made it official Monday. Fully vaccinated individuals can safely socialize privately in small groups without masks or social distancing provided they don’t have underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for COVID-19. It’s a long-awaited and huge step forward for Americans who, in some cases, have…
 
On Monday's Houston Matters: Should Texas expect another spike in COVID-19 numbers after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the mask mandate last week? Houston public health authorities weigh in. Also this hour: We begin a week of marking the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic arriving in Houston by walking through a timeline of the events that led to the s…
 
On Friday's Houston Matters: Teachers are now joining the priority list for vaccines. We learn more. Plus: the City of Houston takes a step toward equitable access to city contracts for LGBT-owned businesses. Also this hour: The U.S. declared segregation in schools unconstitutional in 1954, but students of color still faced those separations in HIS…
 
Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) and USA Today's Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) discuss how Salman has changed the way he's thinking about the Rockets season, how the Rockets should play the season out, Ben's view of Houston's rebuilding timeline, and the trade deadline outlook. Listen to The Red Nation Hoops Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, and …
 
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 …
 
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 say…
 
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…
 
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 -…
 
In this episode, I speak with the family about paper losses and how to manage the expectations of your portfolio. Then we jump into the results of my #15K Challenge and see how it's progressing. Don't stop believing in yourself, we are still trending in the right direction! Check out The Craig Houston Podcast HERE: www.thecraighoustonpodcast.com 1 …
 
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 yo…
 
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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 t…
 
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