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Mitigating Flooding and SXSW Interactive: Tuesday’s Show (March 15, 2016)

Last week Houston saw some flooding. Thankfully it wasn’t quite as bad as predicted, but that’s not to say we’re out of danger for the year. Hurricane season is right around the corner, and the city’s flat landscape means flooding and drainage are always top of mind for some people — especially those who live in flood-prone areas. On […]

Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media

Last week Houston saw some flooding. Thankfully it wasn’t quite as bad as predicted, but that’s not to say we’re out of danger for the year. Hurricane season is right around the corner, and the city’s flat landscape means flooding and drainage are always top of mind for some people — especially those who live in flood-prone areas.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss city and county efforts to aid drainage, and ask a flooding expert what can be done to mitigate flooding in Houston. We welcome your questions and comments for Mark Loethan, Deputy Director of Planning and Development Services with the City of Houston’s Department of Public Works and Engineering; Mike Talbott, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District; and Samuel Brody, director of Texas A&M University’s Center for Beaches and Shores.

(Photo: Dave Fehling, Houston Public Media)

MORE: Report: Greater Houston’s a ‘Sitting Duck’ for the Next Big Storm (Houston Matters, March 9, 2016)

SXSW Interactive

Also this hour: On Friday, (March 11, 2016) President Obama appeared at SXSW Interactive in Austin. He’s the first sitting president to do so. The interactive side of the annual festival has in some ways eclipsed the longstanding focus on music and film. We explore the history of SXSW Interactive and what technical developments and marketing opportunities have come from it over the years, particularly for Houston-based companies. We talk with Grace Rodriguez, co-founder and culture conductor at Station Houston, and Daniel Martinez, Managing director of Platformit Media Company.

Stray Livestock

Then: About 30 minutes north of Houston, in Atascocita, tucked behind the Harris County Fire Marshal’s office and the training academy, is the Sheriff’s Livestock Office. On any given day you can find a stray horse, some cattle or even a zebra enclosed in its pens, as Edel Howlin finds out.

Comedian Sunil Thakkar

Plus: On March 26, Houston Holi will hold its 9th annual celebration of the Indian Festival of Color, hosted by Sunil Thakkar, a Houston comedian and host on Masala Radio. We listen back to a conversation Michael Hagerty had with Thakkar in 2014 about his life and career, and how a festival put on by the UH Indian Students Association helped him down his career path.

Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.

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