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An Underwater Look at the Gulf of Mexico

Posted on · (Photo: Michael Hagerty Houston Public Media) Houston-based writer and photographer Jesse Cancelmo is publishing a book that he hopes will inspire better understanding and appreciation of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s called Glorious Gulf of Mexico: Life Below the Blue, and he joins us to talk about his work. Cancelmo discusses what prompted him to do the book, why […]

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Making Houston Feel Smaller, and the Sandra Bland Bill: Friday’s Show (March 24, 2017)

Posted on · Greater Houston is, of course, a sprawling community. The nine county metropolitan area made up of Houston, The Woodlands and Sugar Land covers more than 1,600 square miles. It has a population of 6.7 million – and growing. That’s a lot of of people stretched over long distances with concrete highways and distinctive towns and […]

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Bill King on Pension Deal and Bluefin Tuna: Wednesday’s Show (October 26, 2016)

Posted on · The Houston City Council this morning (Oct. 26, 2016) passed a resolution of support for Mayor Sylvester Turner’s proposal to reform the city’s pension system and address an unfunded liability in the billions, paying it off over 30 years. This, after the firefighters’ pension board Monday agreed to the plan which will, among other measures, lower the assumed […]

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How Dangerous is Fracking Wastewater Being Dumped Into the Gulf of Mexico?

Posted on · More than 70 billion gallons of wastewater from fracking was dumped into the Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2014. That’s according to federal environmental officials and information garnered in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. We learn more from Kristen Monsell, a staff attorney with the Houston-based Center for Biological Diversity, and […]

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Repeat DWIs and Fracking Wastewater: Monday’s Show (October 24, 2016)

Posted on · We’ve previously discussed on our program how pervasive drunk driving is in Harris County and ways in which law enforcement and courts are trying to crack down. But what do we do about repeat DWI offenders?Those who, after initial interactions with law enforcement and the court system and despite whatever punishments are handed down, drink […]

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When Will the Little Guys Get Their Share of the BP Settlement?

Posted on · It’s been six years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent spill, which devastated several state coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico. Last month, a federal judge approved a more than $20 billion settlement between BP and plaintiffs, including the federal government, Texas, four other Gulf Coast states and hundreds of local municipalities. That settlement includes […]

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The Environmental Effects of Deepwater Horizon Six Years Later

Posted on · It’s been six years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Eleven crewmen were killed on the offshore oil rig, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. That deadly incident was just the start of what became an all-out environmental catastrophe, as millions of barrels of crude oil spilled onto beaches and wetlands from here in Texas […]