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Gang Safety Zones and Muscles in Space: Friday’s Show (May 6, 2016)

Gang Safety Zones and Muscles in Space: Friday’s Show (May 6, 2016)

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaIn 2012, Harris County began establishing “gang safety zones,” areas where — through court-issued restraining orders — selected gang members are kept from congregating. The newest such zone in Southlawn is seen by law enforcement as another piece in the city’s gang suppression strategy. It’s viewed by defense attorneys and some civil rights activists as unjust, antiquated, and a breach of civil rights.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more about these gang injunction zones. We talk with attorney and certified mediator Jen Gaut from The Sparks Law Firm.

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Examining Muscle Strength in Space

NASA wants to measure astronauts’ loss of muscle strength during extended space flight, in advance of a mission to Mars. The agency awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Houston’s Department of Health and Human Performance to carry out the research. We talk with the department’s Mitzi Laughlin about what she and other researchers hope to examine and learn.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of it all. Today Kyrie O’Connor, Wayne Ashley and Russ Capper discuss the possibility of the proposed high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas including a stop downtown, a University of Houston student artist’s gun-themed work displayed without the gun, and suspicion by municipalities over CenterPoint Energy’s request to charge customers to cover an additional $60 million in costs to deliver power to the region.

Special Election Primer

There’s an election Saturday for some Houstonians. Yes, really. Michael Hagerty explains why.

The Other Side of Walt Whitman

A long-forgotten 47,000-word essay by Walt Whitman, published under a pseudonym, and recently found by a UH graduate student, suggests a very different attitude and tone from the Romantic poet. Paige Phelps talks with doctoral candidate Zach Turpin about his discovery, and what it tells us about the famed Leaves of Grass author.

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  • What Exactly Are Gang Safety Zones — and Do They Work?

    In 2012, Harris County began establishing “gang safety zones,” areas where — through court-issued restraining orders — selected gang members are kept from congregating. The newest such zone in Southlawn is seen by law enforcement as another piece in the city’s gang suppression strategy. It’s viewed by defense attorneys and some civil rights activists as unjust, antiquated, and a breach

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  • UH Researchers Helping NASA Prevent Astronaut Muscle Loss in Space

    NASA wants to measure astronauts’ loss of muscle strength during extended space flight, in advance of a mission to Mars. The agency awarded a $1 million grant to the University of Houston’s Department of Health and Human Performance to carry out the research. We talk with the department’s Mitzi Laughlin about what she and other researchers hope to examine and

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  • Downtown Rail Stop and CenterPoint Charges: The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Houston News

    A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of it all. This week, we discuss: a feasibility study on whether the proposed high-speed

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  • Special Elections in May Explained

    Are you ready for Election Day tomorrow (May 7, 2016)? Maybe you’re asking yourself: “Wasn’t Election Day back in November – and didn’t Texas already have its primary?” Well, that would be correct. But there’s a special election Saturday – and then another one a few weeks after that. Let’s explain: it all breaks down into short term versus long term.

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  • Houston Scholar Discovers a Lost ‘Manly’ Side of Walt Whitman

    In his famous volume of poetry, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman wrote, “Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.” That’s the kind of free verse we’re used to reading from the celebrated American poet. But it turns out he also wrote word like this: “Guard your manly power…from all violations — this is the most sacred charge you will

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Craig CohenCraig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at noon and 7 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 →