Hot Stops

Episode 2: A Science Experiment

On this episode Sara and Katie find out just how hot it gets inside METRO bus shelters.



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Sara and Katie visit two dozen bus stops across Houston with their high-tech equipment, garnering lots of strange looks and questions from METRO riders, passing cars and bus drivers. They let riders know the question on their minds: just how hot do bus stops get during the never-ending heatwave in Houston this summer? What they found were some extremely hot stops and a budding friendship between two coworkers.


This article is part of the podcast Hot Stops: How Houston Bus Stops Get Dangerously Hot

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Sara Willa Ernst

Sara Willa Ernst she/her

Health Reporter

Sara Willa Ernst covers health in Greater Houston with a focus on health disparities. She has covered stories on the COVID-19 pandemic, health bills in the Texas Legislature, mental health and environmental health. She has been in public radio from the start, interning and working at stations like Nashville Public...

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Katie Watkins

Katie Watkins she/her

Environmental Reporter

Katie Watkins is a senior reporter at Houston Public Media where she covers environmental issues in Greater Houston. She has reported on environmental injustices, toxic waste sites, conservation and the impacts of climate change on the region. She also loves quirky science stories about what makes our natural environmental unique, wonderful and...

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