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Past articles by Michael:

Houstonians share their favorite love songs for Valentine’s Day

Louis Armstrong, Etta James, Tom Waits, Taylor Swift, and Elvis are among the submissions we hear in the latest Houston Matters Mixtape. → Read More

Why a stretch of highway near Houston was ripe to become the ‘Texas Killing Fields’

Investigative reporter Lise Olsen explains why a stretch of I-45 became an opportune place for serial killers. And she discusses the latest on the four murders that are the focus of the new Netflix series she's featured in, Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields. → Read More

Addressing violent crime, and Houston’s best food halls (Sept. 7, 2022)

On Wednesday's show: Some local members of law enforcement, politicians, and some candidates for office speak out about the need to address violent crime in the area. Then we discuss the latest developments in politics. And local writers talk about their favorite food halls around town. → Read More

New COVID guidelines, and addressing the crisis in the teaching profession (Aug. 15, 2022)

On Monday's show: We take a closer look at the CDC's new COVID guidelines, we discuss ways to address the crisis in the teaching profession, a local veterinarian answers your questions, and we consider the impact of putting kids under the spotlight of events like the Little League World Series. → Read More

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher on new abortion legislation (July 19, 2022)

On Tuesday's show: Houston Rep. Lizzie Fletcher discusses the bill she sponsored that would prohibit anyone from interfering with a person traveling across state lines to obtain abortion services. → Read More

A growing divide between home owners and renters (June 24, 2022)

On Friday's show: We examine why there’s a growing divide between home owners and renters in Houston, and we discuss The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week's news. → Read More

Effects of the heat wave, and the potential slippery slope from the leaked SCOTUS decision (June 20, 2022)

On Monday's show: The recent heat wave's effect on Texas agriculture, concerns about a potential slippery slope after the leaked decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, answers to your pet care questions, and an update on sports. → Read More

The Full Menu: The best places for BBQ in Houston in 2022

Food writers discuss their favorite places to get barbecue in Houston these days. → Read More

Richard Linklater’s ‘Apollo 10 1/2’ is a love letter to Houston and the space race

The director of films like Boyhood, Slacker, and Dazed and Confused talks about his new animated movie that draws heavily on his own childhood growing up in the shadow of Mission Control. → Read More

Mail-in ballots being rejected, and your favorite love songs (Feb. 14, 2022)

On Monday's show: Why hundreds of mail-in ballots in Texas are being returned to voters, making Texas roads and highways safer, Houstonians share their favorite love songs, and an update on sports. → Read More

Holocaust survivor Ruth Steinfeld on finding forgiveness and the courage to tell her story

Steinfeld and her sister survived a concentration camp in France and later made a life in Houston, always wondering what had happened to their parents. → Read More

Here’s where to get good vegan and vegetarian food in Houston right now

Houston food writers discuss the favorite places for vegan and vegetarian food in this month's installment of The Full Menu. → Read More

How COVID Booster Shots Work And Who Needs One (Aug. 19, 2021)

On Thursday's show: An update on COVID booster shots and how the fourth wave of the virus is affecting children, Houston's engagement with the outside world, and historian Jon Meacham on the life of George HW Bush. → Read More

A Tiger On The Loose? That’s Nothing In Terms Of Weird News In Houston

If you cover news in Houston long enough, you’re bound to encounter some weird stuff. Five journalists share the most bizarre stories they've covered. → Read More

The Full Menu: Houston’s Best Places For Crawfish And Cajun Food

It's crawfish season. So local food writers discuss their favorite places to get them and other Cajun cuisine in the Bayou City. → Read More

The Bigger Picture: The Forgotten History Of Black Cowboys

With the release of the Netflix film Concrete Cowboy, the Houston Matters film segment takes a look at the real history of Black cowboys in Texas. → Read More

Texas Opens Vaccines To All Adults Next Week (March 24, 2021)

On Wednesday's show: Texas expands COVID-19 vaccinations to all adults, the week in politics, bridging the digital divide, and how the brain responds to art. → Read More

The Full Menu: Houston’s Best Black-Owned Restaurants

Local food writers discuss their favorite Black-owned eateries in Greater Houston. → Read More

How Sex Education Could Be Changing In Texas Public Schools (Nov. 16, 2020)

On Monday's show: The Texas State Board of Education votes on new sex education curriculum, the status of COVID-19 vaccines, a veterinarian answers your questions, and an update on sports. → Read More

The Full Menu: Where To Eat During An Unusual Houston Restaurant Weeks

Local food writers offer their recommendations for cuisine to try during the month-long culinary event benefiting the Houston Food Bank. → Read More