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Full Show: Harnessing Offshore Wind Energy, And Houston Public Media’s Stories from the Storm (July 19, 2018)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Texas’s parole system is under new scrutiny over a man suspected of killing three people in Houston. We explore the possibilities of harnessing offshore wind energy in the Gulf, Houston Public Media’s ‘Stories from the Storm’, Dr. David Meyer from the Memorial Hermann gives us good advice for staying safe from excessive heat.


On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Texas's parole system is under new scrutiny as more details are coming out about a man suspected of killing three people in Houston. He was apprehended on Tuesday. We hear from Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo as he expressed frustration in a press conference earlier this week.

Then, we explore a new method of harnessing energy. Offshore wind energy is a major industry in Europe, and the U.S. has a small number of offshore wind farms along the northeast coast. In Texas, could we eventually see wind turbines rising up from the waters of the Gulf?

We discuss the different challenges between onshore and offshore wind farming and what it would take to see such farms off the Gulf Coast and the overall prospects for offshore wind energy.

Also this hour: Houston Public Media's Stories from the Storm, featuring community leaders and everyday Houstonians reflecting on how Harvey changed their lives, and the community around them. Today Jonathan Beitler and Melissa Lee talk about how immediately after the flooding, people across Houston came together to gather and distribute food and supplies. Beitler and the Midtown Kitchen Collective in Houston worked with Melissa Lee in Beaumont/Port Arthur to deliver meals to displaced people, first responders, and the U.S. National Guard throughout Southeast Texas.

Plus: We revisit a conversation from last summer with Dr. David Meyer from the Memorial Hermann about good advice for staying safe from excessive heat.

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