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Full Show: Industrial Plants And Water Pollution, And Writer William T. Vollmann On Climate Change (April 12, 2018)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We learn more about a caravan of migrants arriving in Houston today to discuss the state’s so-called sanctuary cities law. We delve deeper into Houston’s “apartment epidemic.” We examine a new report about water pollution in Texas. Writer William T. Vollmann discusses his new two-volume series on climate change. And we learn about Sam Houston State’s National Book Awards Festival.


On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A caravan of migrants traveling through Texas border cities is arriving in Houston today. The group's been speaking to residents about the state's so-called sanctuary cities law. News 88.7's Al Ortiz will bring us the latest. And a recent report outlined what it called "Houston's Dangerous Apartment Epidemic." News 88.7's Allison Lee has more on how the city's responding.

Also this hour: Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, Texas industrial facilities released pollution at levels beyond what federal law allows on more than 900 different occasions — more than any other state. That's according to a report from Environment Texas, called Troubled Waters. We learn more about the report and how the Clean Water Act can be improved to prevent such pollution.

Then: Writer William T. Vollmann is taking on a vast, complicated, and emotionally charged subject in his latest work: climate change and fossil fuels. He’s dubbed his forthcoming two-volume series on those subjects Carbon Ideologies, and he tells Michael Hagerty more about what he discovered.

And we learn more about Sam Houston State University’s National Book Awards Festival.

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