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The Million: Stories of Houston’s Many Foreign-Born Residents

In Harris County, more than one million residents – that’s one in four people — were born in a foreign country. Today, Houston Public Media began its first installment in a year-long series called “The Million” with our partners at the Houston Chronicle. It explores how diversity shapes our region. The series started with a […]

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In Harris County, more than one million residents – that's one in four people — were born in a foreign country. Today, Houston Public Media began its first installment in a year-long series called "The Million" with our partners at the Houston Chronicle. It explores how diversity shapes our region.

The series started with a visit to Lee High School in Southwest Houston. Every day in the cafeteria, the same group of ten girls crowds around one table. They are from nine different countries. They don't spend a lot of time talking about the past though. Like teenage girls everywhere, they're focused on the present — thinking about college, joking about classes and filled with energy.

News 88.7 Education Reporter Laura Isensee recently joined this unique lunch group and brings us an audio postcard from the noisy, bustling cafeteria.

Plus, we learn more about what’s planned for the series from Jose Jimenez, News 88.7‘s managing news editor, Maria Carillo, senior editor at the Houston Chronicle, and Aurora Losada, editor of the Chronicle's Spanish-language bi-weekly La Voz de Houston.

(Photo: Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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