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Full Show: Transmitting Wind Energy, And Writer Junot Diaz (April 3, 2018)

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: We learn about a Houston-based project to transmit wind energy across the Midwest. Then, we learn about standards for sanitation at health clinics. Plus, we discuss the effectiveness of protesting. And Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz talks about his children’s book, Islandborn.

On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A Houston-based renewable energy company is trying to revive a $2.3 billion project to transmit wind power across the Midwest. We learn about the project, a case involving it before the Missouri Supreme Court, and the potential impact on other Houston-based energy projects.

Also this hour: State health officials are looking into the potential that hepatitis and HIV were transmitted at some Coastal Health and Wellness Clinics in Galveston County. More than 9,000 people may have been exposed between March 2015 and February 2018, although there’s no evidence disease transmission did in fact occur. We learn more about standards for sanitation at health clinics in general and how they work to stay up to date on such policies.

Then, from the recent teacher protests and walkouts, to students protesting gun violence, to the host of protests that took to the streets in the past year, public demonstrations are becoming a more and more prominent part of our culture in the United States. But how effective are they at actually changing public policy? A local expert helps us understand how to evaluate a protest’s effectiveness.

Plus: Local vascular surgeon Dr. Lori Choi talks about I’ll Have What She’s Having, a group of area chefs, restaurateurs, and physicians working to use food as an effective motivator for women’s health causes.

And Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz talks about writing the children’s book he wishes he had while growing up.

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