We face unprecedented times. How can businesses survive and thrive? In this episode of the Business Review, Melissa Haran, Owner of Pure Barre Pearland, shares her creativity and positivity amidst the chaos.

David and Art - Opening Theaters

Jun 8, 2020
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

The world of live theater is a significant portion of the art community and in some places, an economic engine like all of the arts.  When it will open back up however is anyone’s guess.

Last week we talked about art museums that were cautiously opening, and the attitudes and procedures adopted by places like the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.  For the rest of the art world, questions about reopening are just as vivid and urgent, and arts backers around the country are rightly concerned about all the factors involved, from safety to finances to jobs.  For live theater in NYC, the date you hear 

A special 200th episode featuring the legendary The Mighty Clouds of Joy recorded live in Montreaux, France.

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Downtown Depot - Shamica Evans

Jun 5, 2020

On this week's episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek sits down with Shamica Evans, the owner and creator of Waffle Chic, to discuss her journey to becoming a business owner and her experience as an African American woman in business. He also shines the Small Business Spotlight on Glass Phoenix Smoke Shop. 

Baylor Connections - Dr. Peter Hotez

Jun 5, 2020

Vaccine development and national approaches to contagious diseases have been constant topics of discussion in recent months. Dr. Peter Hotez is an international leader in tropical medicine and vaccine development. He serves as the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Co-Director of Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and University Professor of Biology at Baylor University, and leads a unique partnership with Baylor to provide a summer tropical medicine institute experience for Baylor undergraduate students. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Lee Nordt, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Baylor, engages Dr. Hotez on a variety of subjects such as COVID-19, vaccines, undergraduate research and more.

A long time ago, I stumbled on an interesting story by a pair of Ph.D students who gathered up all their worldly belongings, and moved to Botswana to study African Lions and hyenas.  The adventure drew me to them as I read the story of their lives in Africa.  I still have that worn copy, and hardly a year goes by when I am rereading Mark & Delia Owens Cry of the Kalahari.  

I tracked down a signed, hardback, of Cry, and then came upon Secrets of the Savanna.  While not as exciting as Cry, it certainly had loads of interesting stories about Africa, its inhabitants, and above all, the wildlife.

In a prologue by Mark Owens, he wrote: “A heavy fog, thick and white, settled lower over the hills of Masailand in Kenya.  I eased off the power and slowed down but pulled back on the cyclic stick, giving up altitude grudgingly.  Our chopper’s main rotor tore ragged chunks out of the clouds underbelly and

Providing an authentic user experience for consumers creates strong word of mouth marketing. 


Word of mouth with a modern twist. That's how Luke Sherwin cofounder and Chief Creative Officer of the mattress startup Casper describes the company's foundation for marketing. He says Casper focuses on providing a beautiful authentic experience for consumers rather than the standard use of taglines.

“The experience of our mattress to be such a deeply personal and more emotional than we 

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Party chair Gilberto Hinojosa called on members to redouble their efforts toward victory in November, despite their shock at recent events.

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"No justice, no peace. Black lives matter. My life matters."

Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

The art world is eager to open up from the quarantine, in part because the arts provide something to a society that it gets from no other source.

A couple of weekends ago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston became the first major American art museum to reopen since the country went into lockdown back in March.  On Saturday morning May 23, a score of museum devotees, all in masks and observing proper distancing etiquette,

The Rev. Curtis Watson has been bringing his raspy brand of gospel soul to the gospel highway since the 1960's. 

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On this weeks episode of Conversations With Creative Waco, host Kennedy Sam is joined by Ashley Stone, Founder and Director of Footprintz Dance Company. In the second half of the episode, she has a conversation with local musician, singer, and songwriter Melinda Adams.

Baylor Connections - Dr. Ramon Lavado

May 29, 2020

Chemical compounds found in many household products can be major contributors to obesity and other lipid diseases, a Baylor study has found. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Ramon Lavado, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, shares important information from his research. Learn more about where such compounds are found, the impact of early exposure to those chemicals, and the ways the study expands our understanding of weight gain and disease.

Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen is a most peculiar story.  It begins with a tragic accident.  Jon is the author of two novels before Harry’s.  He was the recipient of an NEA fellowship for creative writing, and he was a cowriter of a film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Jon begins, “Oriana had lost a book.  It’s very special, Olive Perkins, the ancient librarian at the Pratt Public Library had told her.  Somebody had made it by hand.  When Olive gave it to Oriana, she almost couldn’t let go of it.  There was a look in the old woman’s eyes Oriana had never seen before, a fleeting indescribable expression.  Then Olive suddenly did the opposite, pushed The Grum’s Ledger into the young girl’s hands and moved her briskly toward the oak doors [of the Library].  ‘But there’s no due date,’ Oriana said.  Olive still stamped her books the old fashion way, with a rubber stamp on the Date Due slip pasted on the last page.  She was a tiny, bird-boned woman, but the stamp hit a book like John Henry’s hammer.  ‘It’s due when you’re done with it, child,’ Olive said.  She dropped her voice to a whisper.  ‘And remember.  You are my favorite reader, and now you are my

In this episode of the Business Review, Asana CEO and Facebook Co-founder Dustin Moskovitz explains how better time management can help employees focus on what’s important.

When Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz  saw the incredible amounts of time wasted just trying to get through a normal business day, he knew there had to be a better way.

“The average worker is actually spending half of their time just doing what we call ‘work about work,’  reporting status updates, finding out information somebody else already has, answering email, otherwise just doing sort of internal communication and collaboration. So they actually have much less than