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Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

Houston Matters for Friday, Sept. 27, 2013

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Houston has as large a Spanish-speaking population as any city in the United States. Larger than most, in fact. As a result, many Houstonians speak both English and Spanish. But some only speak English. And some only speak Spanish. Should English speaking Houstonians make more of an effort to learn Spanish? Should Spanish speaking Houstonians make more of an effort to learn English?

Today, we’re talking with Aurora Losada, Editor of Houston Chronicle’s Spanish-Language bi-weekly La Voz de Houston. Also joining us in the studio is Dr. Gracie Guerrero. She’s the Assistant Superintendent for Multilingual Programs in Houston’s Independent School District.

Also…from NASA looking for volunteers to lie around in bed – for 70 days…to Microsoft founder Bill Gates buying the Four Seasons Hotel Houston…we discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in news of recent days.

Plus…a profile of jazz pianist and Houston native Joe Sample.

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  • Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Headlining Annual Henriette Delille Legacy Concert

    Jazz pianist Joe Sample is headlining the 5th annual Henriette Delille Legacy Concert at the Galveston Opera House tomorrow night. Sample is a founding member of The Jazz Crusaders, and a successful solo artist, composer and arranger. We’ll talk with Sample about his career, hear some of his music, and learn about the Joe Sample Youth Organization.

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  • Speaking Spanish in Houston

    Houston has as large a Spanish-speaking population as any city in the United States. Larger than most, in fact. As a result, many Houstonians speak both English and Spanish. But some only speak English. And some only speak Spanish. And when they interact, it can be a challenge to communicate. From an English speaking teacher relating to a Spanish speaking

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  • Poetry Slam Team ‘Meta-Four Houston’

    We meet the Writers in the Schools poetry slam team, “Meta-Four Houston.” The team won the state championship in August and represented Houston in the annual Brave New Voices competition in Chicago. Here’s a video of team-member Sarah Portugal performing a poem:

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  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly in Houston News, September 27, 2013

    A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with oddities in the week’s Houston news, we turn to a panel of Houstonian non-experts to sort out the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all. Joining us in the studio today to talk about this

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Craig Cohen

Craig CohenCraig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at noon and 7:00 p.m. on Houston Public Media News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager, to talk show host, reporter, news director, and producer. He's interviewed politicians, industry leaders, authors, newsmakers, and the occasional Muppet. Craig seeks to make the world a slightly better place every day, by informing, enlightening, and entertaining.View all posts by Craig Cohen →