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Minors at the Border and Space Debris: Wednesday’s Show (January 6, 2016)

Attention turned about a year and a half ago to the Texas/Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors (many fleeing violence in Central America) sought asylum in the United States. The federal government scrambled to safely house the children while they navigated our immigration courts. Their ranks slowly dissipated as their cases were resolved, but now […]

Attention turned about a year and a half ago to the Texas/Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors (many fleeing violence in Central America) sought asylum in the United States. The federal government scrambled to safely house the children while they navigated our immigration courts. Their ranks slowly dissipated as their cases were resolved, but now the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border is rising once again.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss the implications of this newest surge with Dr. Luis Torres is an associate professor  and associate director of the Center for Drug & Social Policy Research at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and Dalia Castillo-Granados, Houston-based director of the American Bar Association’s Children’s Immigration Law Academy.

Also this hour: It’s one of the aerospace industry’s biggest problems and it’s multiplying: space junk. Yes, really. Some 500,000 pieces of debris — and growing — are traveling in orbit above us at more than 17,000 miles per hour. We have to maneuver through or around this field of junk in order to get satellites and ships where they’re going safely. It’s a hazard that may only worsen amid deployment of the Webb telescope (Hubble’s successor) and continuing development of commercial space flight. We learn more from Dr. J.C. Liou, Chief Scientist with NASA’s Orbital Debris Program.

Then: We turn each month to our panel of Houston foodies to share some of their favorite foods and eateries in Greater Houston. Today, Eric Sandler from CultureMap Houston, Katharine Shilcutt from Houstonia Magazine and David Leftwich of Sugar and Rice Magazine check in with their recommendations for the best brunch options in town in the latest installment of The Full Menu.

Plus: News 88.7 arts and culture reporter Amy Bishop rides the rails to check out some of the art installations along Houston’s newest light rail lines.

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at noon and 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and...

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