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Full Show: Problems With The Flood Insurance Program, And Preserving Memories Of Harvey (July 30, 2018)

On Monday’s Houston Matters: As more people buy flood insurance, we learn what challenges the program faces. And we discover why HPD officers are learning Mandarin Chinese. Then, two local researchers explain why Harvey was a wake-up call regarding nature and our changing climate. Plus, we learn about a project to preserve Houstonians’ memories of the storm. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.


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On Monday’s Houston Matters: Federal emergency officials say more people in Harris County bought flood insurance in the past year. FEMA says that trend even predates Harvey. But is it a trend that'll continue? A flood insurance expert explains the latest challenges with flood insurance on both the local and federal level. And Houston police officers are learning Mandarin Chinese. News 88.7's Florian Martin tells us why.

Also this hour: Rice University professors Phil Bedient and Jim Blackburn discuss how Harvey was a pivotal event for Greater Houston – a wake-up call regarding nature and our changing climate. It’s the latest installment of Houston Public Media's Stories from the Storm series.

Then, we learn about a project to preserve Houstonians’ memories of Harvey. We meet a local couple restoring historic homes in the First Ward. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.

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