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Full Show: DREAMers And Mental Health, And Discovering Lost Civilizations With Lasers (Feb. 8, 2018)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A new survey examines the health concerns undocumented immigrants face. Some UH researchers were involved in the recent discovery of an unknown civilization in Guatemala. And a Houston native discusses her documentary about the challenges of finding love when you’re visually impaired.


On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We learn about the mental and physical health challenges faced by DREAMers — undocumented immigrants brought to the United States by their parents when they were children. Dr. Luz Garcini of Rice University discusses her survey on the subject.

Also this hour: Researchers at the University of Houston were involved in the recent discovery of a large, previously unknown civilization in the jungles of Guatemala. It’s not the first such discovery the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM) has been involved in. We revisit our conversation with them about a similar discovery made in Honduras in 2015.

And: Life is hard enough when you’re visually impaired. But trying to find love can be just as challenging for those with sight issues. It’s a struggle Houston native Nicole Ellis chronicles in her documentary Blind Date. It’s one of many films about the disabled that will be screened during the annual ReelAbilities Houston Film & Arts Festival.

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