Baker Institute for Public Policy

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    Survey: Most Prefer Astrodome Green Space Proposal to Leaving As Is...if Those are the Only Options

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo released a survey it conducted with the help of the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy and Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy regarding how the public feels about the Astrodome. Not surprisingly, a good majority of them know that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    A Secretary of State, an Elk Head, and Rice Students - What Could Go Wrong?

    The most well-known prank in Rice history took place on a warm spring morning in 1988. A few years after the idea first crept into their keg-addled minds, a handful of engineering students erected a pair of 24-foot A-frames around the campus's centerpiece, a one-ton statue of William Marsh Rice that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Rep. Charlie Howard of Sugarland Is Named Most Flamingly Red Member of the Texas House

    In Texas' political constellation, Rep. Charlie Howard is our guiding red giant. ​Out of all the politicos in all the towns in all of Texas, Sugar Land's very own Rep. Charlie Howard has been recognized as the most conservative member of the Texas House. Ultimate Fort Bend reported the news af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    David Axe, War Reporter, Thinks That "War Is Boring"

    WarIsBoring.comDavid Axe, avatar.​David Axe, a 32-year-old freelance journalist who's garnered recognition for his Danger Room blog in Wired, started reporting on wars seven years ago. At first, he expected to be overcome by a steady stream of patriotic and adrenaline-fueled fervor. But after ... More >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010

    Rice's Baker Institute on Drugs

    KPFT recordings to be archived there.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    The James Baker Institute Embraces Drugs

    Photo by Chris CurryDean Becker​When talking publicly about illegal drugs and butting heads with the U.S. government over its prohibitionist policies, respect is hard to come by.Over the years, though, local Houston radio host Dean Becker has earned high regard for getting top-tier guests and hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Yep, Speculators Caused Last Year's Oil-Price Spike, Rice Says

    ​A couple of researchers at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy have released a study that gets close to proving that speculators caused oil prices to shoot up in 2008. This theory is nothing new, but the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the agency that regulates U.S. futu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    The Most Scholarly Jonas Brothers Reviewer Ever

    Allen Matusow is in the midst of a distinguished career -- he's the director of academic affairs at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy; he's written such tomes as Nixon's Economy: Boom, Busts, Dollars and Votes and The Unraveling of America: A History of Liberalism in the 1960s; and he's been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2008

    Galveston -- Exhibit A Against Offshore Drilling?

    Florida Governor Charlie Crist recently forgot about his 2006 campaign promise and changed his mind about offshore drilling. This week, the President made his pitch to eliminate a federal ban on the drilling. (Florida is the only state in the Gulf of Mexico protected by the ban.) So Floridians mi ... More >>

  • Culture

    January 30, 2003

    The Art of War

    The MFAH presents "Afghanistan: A Timeless History." What's next -- "Iraqis Are People Too"?

  • News

    June 6, 1996
  • News

    December 28, 1995

    After him, the deluge

    Thank the Lord, Jesus Christ above, this is Bob Lanier's last term as mayor of Houston. Now that he's bankrupt every city service, he's leaving the whole mess to somebody else. But who?

  • News

    August 31, 1995