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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’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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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.

    Do past COVID infections mean you don’t need a vaccine? (Jan. 18, 2022)

    Do past COVID infections mean you don’t need a vaccine? (Jan. 18, 2022)

    On Tuesday's show: At some point over the last two years of the pandemic, you or someone you know has more than likely come down with a mild infection of COVID-19. We know getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, but does natural immunity developed from a previous infection provide anywhere near the same protection as a vaccine? And what kind of immunity do people really have after recovering from a COVID infection?

    Also this hour: State Rep. Gene Wu joins us to talk about state government and issues facing his district in west and southwest Houston.

    Then, former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang talks about starting a new political party and his book Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy. He’s speaking at an event tonight with the Asia Society.

    And we learn about Mykawa Farm, an agricultural education center run by HISD.

    • 47 min
    How inflation affects Houstonians (Jan. 14, 2022)

    How inflation affects Houstonians (Jan. 14, 2022)

    On Friday's Houston Matters: Prices are up for lots of things nationwide. We discuss what it means for Houston-area consumers.

    Also this hour: We mark the 30th anniversary of the end of the civil war in El Salvador and talk about what it means for Salvadorans who resettled here.

    Plus: Discussing mental health with actor, director, and author David Harewood in an excerpt from this week's edition of I See U with Eddie Robinson.

    And we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week.

    • 48 min
    Adding more prosecutors, staying in flood-prone areas, and actor Kal Penn (Jan. 13, 2022)

    Adding more prosecutors, staying in flood-prone areas, and actor Kal Penn (Jan. 13, 2022)

    On Thursday's show: Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg appeared before county commissioners to request additional funding to hire 82 new prosecutors. She joins us to discuss why.

    Also this hour: A new book called In Too Deep follows the lives of a group of Houston mothers in a neighborhood that has repeatedly suffered catastrophic flooding and explores how that affects them and their childen. We talk with its author, Rice University sociologist Rachel Tolbert Kimbro.

    Then, local sleep expert Dr. Sudha Tallavajhula answers your questions.

    And actor Kal Penn talks about his career and about changing the way Indian-Americans are depicted in TV and film. Penn is in Houston to talk about his new book, You Can't Be Serious at an event tonight at the Asia Society.

    • 49 min
    Why COVID hospitalization rates among children are at their highest (Jan. 12, 2022)

    Why COVID hospitalization rates among children are at their highest (Jan. 12, 2022)

    On Wednesday's show: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 hospitalization rates among children are at their highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. So, why is the omicron surge hitting children differently than past surges?

    Also this hour: We discuss Pres. Biden's new voting rights initiative and other developments in our weekly political roundup.

    Then, writer and poet Roya Hakakian talks about her experience coming to America from Iran as a teenager and discusses her book, A Beginner's Guide to America. She's here for an in-person and livestreamed event tonight with World Affairs Council of Greater Houston.

    And, much like the seasons unfold over the course of a new year, a good meal can itself be a journey of flavors and courses. So, we figured January was a good time for Houston food writers to discuss their favorite places for appetizers in the latest installment of The Full Menu.

    • 49 min
    Colleges look to contain COVID as classes resume (Jan. 11, 2022)

    Colleges look to contain COVID as classes resume (Jan. 11, 2022)

    On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Colleges around the area are starting their spring semesters amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, a surge serious enough for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to raise the county’s COVID alert level to red – it’s highest level. We learn how some area colleges and universities are handling the return to campus.

    And the Houston area is set to get another round of federal rent relief funding this year. But it's not nearly as much as local officials hoped to receive. Why?

    Also this hour: Last week, Harris County leaders adopted a policy that will ban most county departments from asking about a job applicant's criminal history. County Attorney Christian Menefee proposed the program, and he joins us to discuss it and other issues facing the county.

    Then, we reflect on an especially divisive political environment -- but not our current one. Something called the Jaybird-Woodpecker War in the late 1800s in Fort Bend County.  

    And how writer J.Elle's homesickness for Houston’s Third Ward turned into a fantasy novel for young adults called Wings of Ebony, which has a new sequel out today called Ashes of Gold.

    • 48 min
    How omicron is affecting Houston restaurants and events (Jan. 10, 2022)

    How omicron is affecting Houston restaurants and events (Jan. 10, 2022)

    On Monday's Houston Matters: The swiftly spreading omicron variant has led to cancellations of performances across Houston, and even some restaurants closing. We get updates on each.

    Also this hour: The Texas Railroad Commission has banned a method of water disposal associated with fracking because of its link to earthquakes in the state.

    Then, veterinarian Dr. Lori Teller answers your questions.

    And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

scott @ ,

Love the show: Information without bias or hyperbole.

A great way to hear timely information affecting the Houston Area without being subjected to guests (or hosts) spouting unsupported opinion, bias, or hyperbole that insults the intelligence of the listeners.
If I want to have my worldview affirmed, I’ll listen to Fox or MSNBC. If I want to hear what’s actually affecting my life, I’ll listen to Houston Matters.

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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