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Drones, Running, and the Weekend in Sports: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

Drones, Running, and the Weekend in Sports: Houston Matters for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013

shadowhawkMaybe we should blame sci-fi movies. Or Isaac Asimov. Or our own government’s military use of unmanned aerial vehicles for bombing raids. For whatever reason, the word “drone” brings with it an almost militaristic, secretive connotation.

Yet so-called “drones” can be useful tools, in various ways: farmers use drones to deal with feral hogs…Amazon.com’s CEO is talking about a future filled with “delivery drones” that drop packages on your doorstep. Of course, there are implications – legal, technological…and moral.

On today’s Houston Matters, we’ll talk with Michael Buscher, founder and CEO of Vanguard, a Houston-based manufacturer of drones. Vangaurd makes the ShadowHawk Unmanned Aerial System. We’ll learn who uses it and how. Then we’ll talk with Professor Geoffrey Corn from the South Texas College of Law. He’s a former military lawyer and an expert on drone issues. We’ll discuss who legally can use them and for what purposes, how you get licensed for them, and we’ll discuss the implications they raise for privacy and security. And we’ll welcome any thoughts you have about a future in which unmanned objects could be in flight in and around Houston.

Also: Houston, like any city, has its share of trails for hiking, biking, walking, and running. From Hermann Park to Buffalo Bayou park, to Tinsley and Memorial parks, where do you like to go to exercise and how do you do it? We’ll talk with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joshua Harris from Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Shahin Naghavi, the owner and coach of CrossFitEaDo.com about CrossFit and other running and fitness programs active in Houston.

And: we’ll discuss the weekend in sports with MK Bower, sports columnist with CultureMap Houston.

Segments:

  • Who’s Using Drones and What Are the Implications for Privacy?

    Amazon.com’s CEO is talking about a future filled with “delivery drones” that drop packages on your doorstep. Of course, there are implications – legal, technological…and moral. So, we talk with Michael Buscher, founder and CEO of Vanguard, a Houston-based manufacturer of drones. Vangaurd makes the ShadowHawk Unmanned Aerial System. We’ll learn who uses it and how. Then we’ll talk with Professor Geoffrey Corn

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  • How are Houstonians Staying Fit?

    Houston, like any city, has its share of trails for hiking, biking, walking, and running. From Hermann Park to Buffalo Bayou park, to Tinsley and Memorial parks, where do you like to go to exercise and how do you do it? We’ll talk with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joshua Harris from Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Shahin Naghavi, the owner

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  • How Buying a New Cell Phone Cover Helps a Girl Learn to Read

    How does buying a fashionable new cell phone case help a girl in a developing country learn to read? A Houston company called Mrked makes fashionable cell phone cases and shares its profits with Room to Read, an organization that helps provide education for girls in Asian and African countries. We’ll hear from one of the founder of Mrked.

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  • Sports Monday: Texans Recap & Rockets in National TV Spotlight

    In our weekly sports roundup: We’ll recap the Texans latest loss at Indianapolis and preview their final regular season home game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos this Sunday. And the Rockets are in the national spotlight this week, with games broadcast on ESPN against the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers. They’re two of six nationally televised Rockets games

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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 →