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Houston Matters is a radio program airing weekdays at 9 am and 7pm 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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    • 4.4, 63 Ratings

Houston Matters is a radio program airing weekdays at 9 am and 7pm 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.

    Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho, AMA President Dr. Susan Bailey, and Dr. Dietrich von Biedenfeld (August 7, 2020)

    Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho, AMA President Dr. Susan Bailey, and Dr. Dietrich von Biedenfeld (August 7, 2020)

    Our special edition of Houston Matters weekdays at 3 p.m. addresses your questions and concerns about important issues affecting the community. In the first segment, host Ernie Manouse is joined by Dr. Vivian Ho with Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute to talk about the latest news surrounding COVID-19. She co-writes a blog detailing the latest updates on the pandemic. Then, Ernie is joined by Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association. They discuss the mission... Read More

    • 52 min
    Friday’s Houston Matters: Financial Challenges Facing Hospitals, And Businesses Insurance Issues In The Economic Crash (Aug. 7, 2020)

    Friday’s Houston Matters: Financial Challenges Facing Hospitals, And Businesses Insurance Issues In The Economic Crash (Aug. 7, 2020)

    On Friday's Houston Matters: We take a closer look at the financial challenges area hospitals are facing. And how can you know if you can trust the results from your COVID-19 test? Also this hour: Some local businesses are struggling with their insurance companies who've denied their claims of financial loss due to the pandemic. Plus, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. And Houstonians talk about the... Read More

    • 53 min
    Special Edition: Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Troisi (August 6, 2020)

    Special Edition: Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Troisi (August 6, 2020)

    Our special edition of Houston Matters weekdays at 3 p.m. addresses your questions and concerns about important issues affecting the community. Host Ernie Manouse is joined by Dr. Catherine Troisi, infectious disease epidemiologist at UTHealth School of Public Health and the show's regular Thursday guest. Dr. Troisi discusses the latest scientific findings and fields listeners' questions about COVID-19.

    • 55 min
    Thursday’s Houston Matters: Spring Branch Superintendent, And An Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Story (Aug. 6, 2020)

    Thursday’s Houston Matters: Spring Branch Superintendent, And An Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Story (Aug. 6, 2020)

    On Thursday's Houston Matters: Spring Branch ISD Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Blaine discusses her district's back-to-school plans. Also this hour: As Spring Branch and other districts choose different back-to-school plans, Suzi Kennon, president of the Texas PTA, tells News 88.7’s Laura Isensee she hopes the well-being of students stays the focus of those plans. Plus: On this day 75 years ago, the United States dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan. We meet Ritsuko... Read More

    • 53 min
    Special Edition: Texas Rep. Armando Walle, Dr. Joseph Petrosino and Politifact.com’s Daniel Funke (August 5, 2020)

    Special Edition: Texas Rep. Armando Walle, Dr. Joseph Petrosino and Politifact.com’s Daniel Funke (August 5, 2020)

    Our special edition of Houston Matters weekdays at 3 p.m. addresses your questions and concerns about important issues affecting the community. In the first segment, host Ernie Manouse is joined by Texas State Representative Armando Walle (district 140), and Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Joseph Petrosino, to discuss a new strategy to offer more rapid-result Covid tests in the Houston area. Rep. Walle was named Harris County COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Czar by Harris County Judge Lina... Read More

    • 55 min
    Wednesday’s Houston Matters: The Political Battle Over Back-To-School Plans, And Houston Restaurant Weeks (Aug. 5, 2020)

    Wednesday’s Houston Matters: The Political Battle Over Back-To-School Plans, And Houston Restaurant Weeks (Aug. 5, 2020)

    On Wednesday's Houston Matters: We learn why BP is radically cutting production and what it means for oil and gas in Houston. And we get an update on some recent transportation stories. Also this hour: We discuss the politics of back-to-school plans across the state and other news in our weekly political roundup. Then, in this month's installment of The Full Menu, food writers discuss how this year's Houston Restaurant Weeks will be different than... Read More

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

bdheidbdidnej ,

A way to keep in touch with Houston

I live abroad 10 months out of the year so this programming keeps me in the loop and grounded to all the local happenings going on back at home. Such a great source of information.

Ehodges05 ,

Special Edition

I am typically a fan of this show when it’s led by Craig Cohen & I have appreciated the local doctors and scientists that have contributed, but Ernie Manouse is insufferable and the way he treated a guest today by inserting his own political views (the guest had covid - his family got it & he said he’s a moderate, he asked for feedback on the media’s role in where we’re at, and the guy answered and he said he didn’t agree and just was patronizing) - if you don’t want politics inserted, then stick to the topic and don’t inject your own views (when it has nothing to do with the pandemic).along with this, it’s almost as if the info can’t evolve & we have to stay in the crisis / and downplay any progress or anything positive. That is one thing my friends who are thinking this is political keep saying & i can see their point because it’s all just intense. I’m not sure if he realizes the demographic that’s listening aren’t the ones that are anti-maskers, or believe this is a hoax - we are doing what we need to do & so i wish he’d save the lectures and hype for those who aren’t.

Ayjayrose ,

Give it a rest

I used to listen to this show for daily local news. In recent months the fear mongering and aggrandizement of COVID related issues is insufferable. There’s a way of reporting the facts without sensationalizing it, Houston Matters should aim for that goal. Even the tone of the reporting is overkill. Every time I try to listen I hear myself saying “give it a rest!”

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