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Mitigating Traffic, The Full Menu, and Hari Kondabolu: Wednesday’s Show (October 19, 2016)

There may be no more viscerally frustrating experience about living in Houston then dealing with traffic. It’s the most common theme we hear when we engage in our quarterly Houstonian Pet Peeves discussions. And that’s understandable. We’ve seen huge population increases in Greater Houston in recent years, and our infrastructure hasn’t always kept up – even though we […]

Traffic at a standstill on I-45 North on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. It took more than 90 minutes to get from the University of Houston to The Grand Parkway. The apparent culprit? One stalled car. (Photo: Gail Delaughter, Houston Public Media)
Traffic at a standstill on I-45 North on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. It took more than 90 minutes to get from the University of Houston to The Grand Parkway. The apparent culprit? One stalled car. (Photo: Gail Delaughter, Houston Public Media)

There may be no more viscerally frustrating experience about living in Houston then dealing with traffic. It’s the most common theme we hear when we engage in our quarterly Houstonian Pet Peeves discussions. And that’s understandable. We’ve seen huge population increases in Greater Houston in recent years, and our infrastructure hasn’t always kept up – even though we actually have (frontage roads included) 26 lanes across one stretch of the Katy freeway. You can only disperse traffic so much by adding lanes, and there’s really not much room left to add on some of Houston’s major highways. Which is why there are efforts in the region to improve mass transit, and encourage more hiking and biking where appropriate. On this edition of Houston Matters, in the last of our week-long reviews of issues the program regularly explores in-depth, we look back at our coverage of efforts to mitigate traffic, from transit to hiking, biking and more. (Along the way, we encourage your financial support of more coverage of this and other important issues at houstonpublicmedia.org/donate, or call 888-909-0887). Also this hour: The Full Menu: New Restaurants In this month’s installment of The Full Menu, our gaggle of foodies discuss their favorite new restaurants in Greater Houston. Comedian Hari Kondabolu Brings His NPR-Friendly Comedy to Houston Comedian Hari Kondabolu‘s material focuses on diversity, race, and politics, which he says keeps him “on NPR, and off television.” He performs Saturday night at The Secret Group in Houston. He tells Michael Hagerty about his comedy — and even offers a hand in our fundraising efforts. Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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Craig Cohen

Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekdays at 9 a.m. 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...

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