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Houston Matters for Fri., Oct. 4, 2013

Houston Matters for Fri., Oct. 4, 2013

abbott-davisWhile we’re a month away from a local election, including a mayoral race, many political eyes are transfixed on Election Day 2014. That’s when a gubernatorial election will be held to replace incumbent Rick Perry, who previously announced he will not seek another term in office. The plot thickened Thursday, when State Senator Wendy Davis officially threw her hat in the ring to run for Governor.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the political implications of Davis’s announcement, and what it may signal for efforts by folks at Battleground Texas to turn the Lone Star state blue…and efforts among the GOP to keep control of the office of Governor, as Attorney General Greg Abbott seeks to succeed Governor Perry.

Also this hour…from the “Matt Schaub burger” to a downtown Houston skyscraper for sale to hawking mattresses from a hospital bed, we discuss “The Good, The bad, and The Ugly” in Houston news this week.

And…in honor of Space City – and since furloughed NASA workers will probably spend the afternoon watching the new film Gravity – we’ll discuss how successfully Hollywood has portrayed the experience of being in outer space.

Segments:

  • ‘Galveston Hangs’

    The Galveston Arts Center was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. Five years later, the original building remains empty. Organizers are hoping a new exhibit, ‘Galveston Hangs,’ will help raise the $2 million needed to finish renovations and reopen the original downtown location. Galveston Arts Center Director Kellianne Vallee talks about the new exhibit.

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  • The Science (or Lack Thereof) of Space in Movies

    Many sci-fi classics and clunkers alike have tried to accurately portray the experience of being in outer space. The latest to try to bring that experience to life is the film Gravity, which premieres in Houston theaters today. Space City is especially sensitive to how space exploration is presented on screen. We talk about some other films that have succeeded

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  • The Good, Bad & Ugly of Houston News: Oct. 4, 2013

    We discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of recent Houston news, including a new burger named after Matt Schaub’s interception troubles, Mattress Mack using his stay in the hospital for heart issues to advertise speedy furniture delivery, a government shutdown at NASA and more. We’re joined by: Joe Holley, Native Texan columnist and editorial writer for the Houston Chronicle; Maria

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  • Campaigns Heating Up…for 2014

    While we’re a month away from a local election, including a mayoral race, many political eyes are transfixed on Election Day 2014. That’s when a gubernatorial election will be held to replace incumbent Rick Perry, who previously announced he will not seek another term in office. The plot thickened Thursday, when State Senator Wendy Davis officially threw her hat in

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Craig Cohen

Craig CohenCraig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at noon and 10 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 →