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Hunger in Houston, New Diseases, Celestial Windows and Old Town Spring: Houston Matters, for Thursday, December 19, 2013

While many of us will celebrate the holidays with elaborate spreads for family and friends, some Houstonians are going hungry this holiday season. City officials say many of those who are in need of food include poor, working families with young children. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss efforts to serve Houstonians now, […]

While many of us will celebrate the holidays with elaborate spreads for family and friends, some Houstonians are going hungry this holiday season. City officials say many of those who are in need of food include poor, working families with young children.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss efforts to serve Houstonians now, and throughout the year. We’ll welcome your questions for Agency Services Manager Alfredo Flores from Houston’s Food Bank, Executive Director Ruth Zomalt-Burrell from Houston’s Kids’ Meals, and HISD Food Services Community Outreach Dietician Nan Cramer.

Also this hour: we’ll learn about diseases that are new to the Gulf Coast. Among them: some tropical diseases once limited to other parts of the world have found their way here. How? How much of a threat are they? We’ll ask Dr. Rojelio Mejia, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics, and Dr. Peter Hotez, the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Plus: we’ve all seen stained glass windows in churches, cathedrals and synagogues. They’re usually ornate, richly colored depictions of the saints or religious symbols. But one local congregation took another route when it designed its new place of worship – opting for more heavenly images, courtesy of the Hubble telescope. Houston Matters Michael Hagerty will explain.

And: Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse talks with Pam Golden from Home for the Holidays in Old Town Spring.

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