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Legalizing Marijuana & Audio Art: Houston Matters for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Legalizing Marijuana & Audio Art: Houston Matters for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

dutch-weed-2-jpg-1206038-mThe state of Colorado now allows the sale of marijuana for recreational use. Thousands of Coloradans, as well as people from outside the state, have descended on dispensaries to purchase pot legally. The state of Texas has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that legalization of marijuana could happen here anytime soon. But look a little deeper at what Texas stands for: rugged individualism, freedom from governmental interference – is it really so outrageous to think it could happen in Texas? What are the arguments in favor for legalization? What are the arguments against it? And what does this all have to do with the so-called “war on drugs.”

On this edition of Houston Matters, we consider whether Texas will ever legalize marijuana, for medical or recreational use. We’ll also consider where we stand in the war on drugs. Has it failed? Are there efforts underway to redefine it?

Also this hour: a new study co-authored by a Rice University sociologist suggests if you’re divorced, you stand a better chance of dying accidentally. The study examines the possible links between social relationships, socio-economic status, life expectancy, and quality of life. We’ll learn more about the study and its potential implications.

And: a new Houston exhibit called SonicWorks, open now through March 1st at the DiverseWorks gallery in Midtown, features art installations about or made entirely of audio.

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  • Could Texas Ever Legalize Marijuana?

    With the legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado, could it ever happen in Texas? The Lone Star State has been very conservative for a very long time, so at first glance, it seems unlikely that it could happen here anytime soon. But look a little deeper at what Texas stands for: rugged individualism, freedom from governmental interference – is

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  • What Your Social Situation Says About How You’re Likely To Die

    A new study co-authored by a Rice University sociologist suggests if you’re divorced, you stand a better chance of dying accidentally. The study, “The Social Side of Accidental Death,” examines the possible links between social relationships, socio-economic status, life expectancy, and quality of life. We’ll learn more about the study and its potential implications…for depressing all divorced, single or poorly educated people.

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  • How to See Sound: Exhibit Showcases Alternative Ways to Experience Audio

    Trying to cover art exhibits on the radio isn’t always easy. You have to rely on good writing to paint the picture for your audience to depict, well, a painting or a picture. But not this time! A new Houston exhibit called SonicWorks, open now through Mar. 1 at the DiverseWorks gallery in Midtown, features art installations that are either

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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 →