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Floodplain Management, The Full Menu, and Hershey Felder: Wednesday’s Show (June 3, 2015)

Eight dead in Houston, millions of dollars in damages — by now we all know how the Memorial Day rains affected the region, and while we can’t stop the rain, some argue we could do more to mitigate the results. Kriston Capps is a staff writer for CityLab, a division of The Atlantic. In a […]

Eight dead in Houston, millions of dollars in damages — by now we all know how the Memorial Day rains affected the region, and while we can’t stop the rain, some argue we could do more to mitigate the results. Kriston Capps is a staff writer for CityLab, a division of The Atlantic. In a series of articles, Capps suggests the state of Texas has shirked its pre-disaster planning duties and post-disaster response, and has inadequate infrastructure and management plans to shore up floodplains.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we hear the thoughts of Kriston Capps. Then, we talk with Jamila Johnson and Carol Haddock from Houston’s Public Works and Engineering Department.

Also this hour: We learn about coder camps in Houston. Students enroll in intensive multi-week courses to learn a number of computer programming languages used in making websites and mobile apps. Some believe these programs can lead to more lucrative careers than similar study through a traditional college. We talk with David Graham from a local code-teaching group.

Then: In this month’s installment of The Full Menu, we turn to our gaggle of foodies to discuss a topic we really should have examined in-depth by now — Houston’s best barbecue.

And: There may be no more quintessentially American composer of the 20th century than George Gershwin. The performer most celebrated for bringing him to life in the 21st century is a Canadian named Hershey Felder. The Alley Theatre brings the actor, playwright and pianist and his popular one man show George Gershwin Alone to the University of Houston’s Wortham Theatre in performances continuing through June 21. Felder drops by Houston Public Media’s George B. Geary performance studio to discuss and play some of Gershwin’s music.

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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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