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HPD Chief McClelland, The Full Menu, and Swamp Foundations: Wednesday’s Show (September 2, 2015)

From recent developments shaking the relationship between police and the community at large, to the impact the state’s new open carry law may have as it takes effect in January, to ongoing concerns about burglaries, homicides, and other criminal activity in the city of Houston and how it’s all investigated, there’s a lot that’s crime-related […]

From recent developments shaking the relationship between police and the community at large, to the impact the state’s new open carry law may have as it takes effect in January, to ongoing concerns about burglaries, homicides, and other criminal activity in the city of Houston and how it’s all investigated, there’s a lot that’s crime-related on the minds of Houstonians. On today’s program, we offer you a chance to ask questions about any and all such topics for Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland. We welcome your thoughts about anything related to public safety in the city of Houston. E-mail us now at talk@houstonmatters.org. Or call us starting at noon, at 713-440-8870.

Also this hour: Houston is not known for any one type of cuisine; if anything, we’re probably notable for our diversity of food offerings. That said, there are some standouts, like Tex-Mex, barbecue, and….Vietnamese cuisine. That’s not by accident. The Midtown area became home to many Vietnamese refugees in the mid-70s after the fall of Saigon. By 1981, Houston boasted the largest Vietnamese population outside of California. Today, you’ll see Vietnamese restaurants all sorts of places across the region, in the city and in the suburbs. To help us source some of the best Pho and Bánh mì in town, we turn to our gaggle of foodies for their expertise in this month’s edition of The Full Menu.

Plus: There are Bible verses — Matthew 7:24-27 specifically — which say “a foolish man [builds] his house on sand, while “a wise man [builds] his house on rock.” But what if all you have to work with is swampy, sinking clay? Houston Matters’ Paige Phelps examines how Houston rose up from the swamp, and managed to build shiny towers downtown on a less-than-ideal foundation.

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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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