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Ike Dike, Middle School Stress, Dog Show, & Open Call Art: Houston Matters for Thursday, July 17, 2014

It’s by no means a new idea. But the recently formed Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance is trying to move the coastal barrier idea forward. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll find out why, and hear the case for what is popularly-known as the “Ike Dike” to protect Galveston Bay communities from storm surge […]

It’s by no means a new idea. But the recently formed Bay Area Coastal Protection Alliance is trying to move the coastal barrier idea forward. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll find out why, and hear the case for what is popularly-known as the “Ike Dike” to protect Galveston Bay communities from storm surge brought by the next great tropical storm or hurricane. We’ll also learn why some don’t believe it’s feasible, and have alternate ideas to share.

Also this hour: This month, NPR has been examining stress – at work, at home, its impact on health and wellness, and more. It’s a topic that Houston-based researchers have been examining in various ways in recent years. One such study examines how stress affects middle school teachers in Houston. We’ll learn more.

Plus: The Houston World Series of Dog Shows is underway and continues through the weekend at NRG Park. Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin offers a behind-the-scenes look at dog shows.

And: Each year, Lawndale Art Center invites artists living within a hundred mile radius of Houston to submit their art work for its annual juried exhibition called “The Big Show.” Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse asks Lawndale Executive Director Christine West why an “open call” show like this is so important to Houston and its art community.

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