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A podcast about the people and places that make Houston Houston. Hosted by local transplant, Luke Brawner.

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    Visible Hands, with Bi Nguyen

    In this episode, Houston-based mixed martial artist Bi Nguyen shares her unbelievable story of immigrating to the U.S., running away from home, surviving severe trauma, finding healing in competitive fighting and eventually landing on a major network reality tv show.

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    Green Beer & Bayou Things

    In this bonus episode Luke sits down with husband and wife Caroline & Mark Fontenot to hear about their monthly Houston-centric newsletter, The Bayou City Social Club. Then Houston lifestyle and culture bloggers, Natalie Harms and Anastasia Hansen, return to tell us about all the exciting things happening in Houston in March, In The Loop!

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    A Tastemaking Institution, with Eric Sandler

    In this episode, Houston native Eric Sandler shares his story of growing up in Sugar Land, his lifelong love of trying new foods, and the journey that led him to become one of the most trusted voices in the Houston culinary scene.

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    Arcade Games, Fried Oreos & Rodeo Wisdom

    In this bonus episode our favorite Houston bloggers, Natalie Harms and Anastasia Hansen, return for their monthly segment about all the fun coming up in Houston, In The Loop!

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    All The Hot Chocolate

    In this bonus episode we have our third installment of Natalie Harms and Anastasia Hansen's new monthly segment about all the fun events coming up in the city of Houston, In The Loop!

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    Fully Fashioned, with Claire Drennan

    In this episode, Houston transplant Claire Drennan shares her story of growing up in small town East Tennessee, fully immersing herself into Chilean culture, and eventually finding herself as an fashion designer, artist and maker in Houston.

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    Unrelenting, with Mair Emenogu

    In this episode, Houston born and raised entrepreneur Mair Emenogu shares the story of her relationship to her father, her tremendous drive to achieve her goals, and how she stumbled into a career as a perfumer by simply signing her name.

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    November Fun, New Shows and More Kam Franklin

    In this bonus episode we have our second installment of Natalie Harms and Anastasia Hansen's new monthly segment about all the fun events coming up in the city of Houston, In The Loop! We also share the trailer for a new Milieu Media Group series, Moda Spira Podcast, and hear who Kam Franklin's favorite new Houston artists are!

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    Beyond Cool, with Kam Franklin

    In this episode, front woman for Houston-born Gulf Coast Soul band The Suffers, Kam Franklin, shares her story of growing up in a couple very different neighborhoods in Houston, finding herself in the middle of the local punk/ska scene in high school, and how she came to be the voice of her dream band.

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    Leader of the PAC(K), with Terry Williams, Jr.

    In the first episode of Season 3, Houston-native Terry Williams, Jr. shares his story of growing up all over this city, discovering an uncommon interest in sports, and eventually opening up his own gym with a unique format for group exercise, and the motivation behind it.

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    Fall Beers & October Fun

    In this bonus episode Nick Willard previews the Fall's best Houston beers in our first installment of #BrewstonTX for Season 3. We also have our first update from Natalie and Anastasia of in their new monthly segment about all the fun events coming up in the city of Houston, In The Loop!

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    Listening & Learning, with Britt Hawthorne

    In the Season 2 finale, Houston-based anti-bias, anti-racist educator, and wife of our last guest, Britt Hawthorne, shares her amazing story of growing up in small-town Illinois, learning to embrace and celebrate her blackness in a predominantly white environment, and standing in the gap for anyone who's ever been made to feel "other."

    Also in this episode is our next installment of #BrewstonTX, hosted by Nick Willard, and featuring the founder of forthcoming Houston brew-pub, Stained Glass Beerworks, Andy Benton.

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    Rebel, with Shayne Hawthorne

    Shayne Hawthorne, the creative director of Houston hybrid gallery and barber shop, CRWN, shares the story of his life growing up in Illinois as the only child of a single mother, discovering a love for art, getting into trouble with the law, and finding his way as a barber.

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    Why Not?, with Alecia Lawyer

    In this episode of The H, Alecia Lawyer, founder of ROCO, shares her story of growing up in a small East Texas town, falling in love with physics, stumbling into an audition at one of the world's most prestigious music schools, and starting the most unique chamber orchestra you've ever heard of.

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    The Journeyman, with Thomas Csorba

    Houston born and raised singer/songwriter Thomas Csorba tells his story of getting his start in the music industry as a teenager, and the places its led him in the years since.

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    Balancing Act, with Matt Toomey

    In this episode of The H, Matt Toomey, founder of Boomtown Coffee, shares his story of growing up in Houston, and balancing life as an entrepreneur, husband and father of four.

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    The Blue Lotus, with Kevin Durham

    Rapper Kevin Durham shares the story of his life growing up in Central Texas as the younger brother to a local rap hero and his own personal journey as an artist. Also on this episode, the return of our segment on Houston's greatest sports fans, Houston Homers!

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    The Patient Hustler, with Basya Benshushan

    In this episode of The H, marketing and social media professional Basya Benshushan shares her story of growing up as one of six kids in the Jewish community of Meyerland in Southwest Houston. Hear about her journey of self-discovery as an artist, entrepreneur, mother and all-around creative force in this city.

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    Storyteller, with Hunter Atkins

    Sports Reporter Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle shares his story of growing up in a privileged family in New York City, discovering a passion for the art of journalism, struggling through unemployment, running from bulls, and the many adventures he's experienced in his life as a journalist.

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    Sweet, Sweet Lemonade, with Nammy Sirur & Pavi Dinamani

    In this episode of The H, hear the story of Nammy Sirur and Pavi Dinamani, an unlikely pair of misfits from India who found each other here in Houston, became the best of friends, and eventually business partners, starting a channel aimed at other misfits just like them.

    Also on this episode: our next installment of The Dish, in which Jenny, Ranelle & Lara visit the amazing Peli Peli in The Vintage.

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    Nick Panzarella: 'Pon Artist

    What does it look like to learn about, embrace, preserve and share another culture? And why do it? On this episode of The H, Luke visits with Nick Panzarella, founder and CEO of Houston-based Wild South Tea Company about the work he's doing to preserve the cultures of others.

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    [FOLLOW UP] Jane Wild

    Luke catches up with Jane Wild, owner of Jane & John Dough Bakery and guest from the very first episode of The H, Jane and the Lion!

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    Terroir, with Elyse Blechman

    Coffee, beer, wine, whisky... Those who know them best know that even their most subtle characteristics are determined by the conditions under which their ingredients grow; the mineral content of the soil, their exposure to sunlight, air quality, etc., or as the French call it, their terroir. In this episode Luke sits down with local Scotch guru Elyse Blechman to hear her story and learn about the various environmental factors that shaped her character.

    Also on this episode, Nick Willard visits with the owner of the Cypress' first nanobrewery, Wicked Boxer Brewing, on the first segment of #BrewstonTX.

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    Big Wheel, with George Foreman IV

    To what extent is your identity connected to the names you were given when you were born? Imagine growing up the son of a sports legend and bearing his name; the pressure that would come with it, the assumptions people would make about you. That's exactly the experience George Foreman IV had as one of boxing legend George Foreman's five sons, all bearing their father's name. In the debut episode of Season 2 of The H, Luke sits down with George IV to hear about his journey of self-discovery.

    Also on this episode, for our first installment of The Dish for Season 2, in which Megan, Jenny, Ranelle & Luke visit Republic Diner in the Heights, and talk to it's founder, Ken Bridge of Delicious Concepts.

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    Peaceful Bones, w/ Dr. Sam Axelrad

    In this, the final episode of Season 1, Houston native, Dr. Sam Axelrad shares his remarkable story about serving as a surgeon in Vietnam, his unlikely friendship with an enemy soldier, and the book he's written about his life, Peaceful Bones.

    Also on this episode, for our fifth installment of #BrewstonTX, Nick visits with Amanda Mixon and Kyle Pearson, owners of Spring Branch's incredible craft beer pub and restaurant, The Branch.

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    I Hate Green Beans, w/ Lincee Ray

    In this episode, Luke talks to author/blogger, Lincee Ray, about growing up in a tiny East Texas town, living and working at Walt Disney World, and eventually being forced to hit the reset button on her life, and moving to Houston. Also on this episode, Nathan Williams sits down with fellow Houston Astros superfan, Cambo Nelson, on the final installment of Houston Homers for this season!

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    Human HQ, w/ Dr. Beatriz Craven

    In this episode, Luke talks to Dr. Beatriz Craven, owner of Modern Therapy and Human HQ about the path that led her to a career in psychology, and why she believes everyone could benefit from therapy.

    Also on this episode, Angela, Jenny, Megan & Ranelle talk about their visit to Crisp in the Heights, on the final installment of The Dish for this season!

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    Low-Fi Pralines, w/ Jason Kerr & Becca Reyenga

    In this episode, Luke talks to local chef, Jason Kerr and confectioner, Becca Reyenga about their love for food, for farmers markets, for Houston and for one another. Also on this episode, Nathan Williams chats with Jordanian superfan of Houston Cougar football, Ahmed Khawaja about how he fell in love with his favorite team on the inaugural installment of Houston Homers!

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    Brush Fires & Bomb Shelters, w/ Josh Moore

    In this episode, Luke sits down with local musical prodigy, record producer and gifted all-around creator, Josh Moore and hears his story of growing up in a nationally touring band, and eventually getting deeply involved with the Houston rap scene. Also on this episode, Nick chats with Matt from Sigma Brewing in the East End for the fourth installment of #BrewstonTx.

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    Finca Tres Robles, w/ the Garcia-Prats Brothers

    In this episode, Luke talks to Mark, Tommy & Dan Garcia-Prats about growing up in a family of 12, and the paths that led each of them to opening Houston's first all organic urban farm, Finca Tres Robles.

    Also on this episode, the girls from The Dish share about their experience at Slowpoke's in Garden Oaks.

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    Light & Darkness, w/ Lanecia Rouse Tinsley

    In this episode, Luke sits down with local painter, photographer, writer, thinker, speaker and activist, Lanecia Rouse Tinsley, to hear the story of her life, growing up in South Carolina as a pastor's kid, confronting racial inequality, discovering her love for art, and the role it's played in helping her through seasons of great loss.

    Also on this episode, we introduce a new segment, Houston Homers, featuring stories of Houston sports' most loyal superfans, hosted by perhaps the most loyal of them all, Nathan Williams.

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    Houston Traffic, w/ Erica Raggett

    In this episode, Luke takes a hard look at the dark reality of human trafficking in the city of Houston, and meets a few local folks who are working hard to combat it. Namely, Erica Raggett, the Founder and Executive Director of A 2nd Cup, a coffee house in the Heights that's using coffee to end modern-day slavery.

    Also on this episode, in the third edition of #BrewstonTX, Nick visits with Jeff Handojo at 11 Below Brewing in NW Houston.

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    Choosing Whimsy, w/ Steve Wallace

    In this episode, Houston entrepreneur and founder of the lifestyle brand Kintigo, Steve Wallace, tells the story of his short-lived college football career, and how an arm injury, and several other setbacks along the way, ultimately led him to where he is today.

    Also on this episode, in the second edition of The Dish, Ranelle, Jenny, Megan and Angela talk about their experience at Glass Wall in the Heights.

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    Nate Beavers: The Realest

    In this episode, Houston-based tattoo artist, Nate Beavers, shares his story of growing up in Houston, discovering and developing his gift for art, and the years he's spent fighting to figure out exactly who he is as an artist. Also on this episode, in the second edition of #BrewstonTX, Nick and Luke sit down with the owners of Houston independent craft beer distributor, Bluebonnet Distributing.

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    Ben Jackson: Professional Interrupter

    In this episode, Luke sits down with Houston-based, international award-winning magician, Ben Jackson, to hear his story, and the role the city of Houston has played in the pursuit of his craft and career. Also on this episode, hear about Cypress' favorite farm-to-table cafe, Season's Harvest, in the first edition of The Dish, a segment in which four local foodie friends tell you all about the best culinary spots in Houston!

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    Jane & the Lion, w/ Jane Wild

    In this episode of The H, host Luke Brawner talks to Jane Wild, one of the owners of Jane and John Dough Bakery in old town Tomball, about what compelled her as a world-class chef and single mom to sell everything she owned and relocate from beautiful Portland, Oregon to the suburbs of northwest Houston with her son, Maxx. They also discuss the many ways her experience living in the Pacific Northwest shaped both her as a person and her vision for the community of Tomball. Also on this episode, in the first segment of #BrewstonTX, host Nick Willard talks to John and Kathryn Holler, the owners of one of Houston's newest craft breweries, Holler Brewing.

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    Welcome To The H.

    A brief introduction to The H, with host, Luke Brawner.

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