Houston Matters

Full Show: Arkema Criminal Case, and Children’s Mental Health (Aug. 30, 2018)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We learn how commercial real estate investors see Harvey recovery as an opportunity. We learn about the potential precedents the Arkema criminal case could set. We discuss the mental health challenges that children face — especially following a disaster like Harvey. And local author Caroline Leech talks about writing historical fiction for young adults.

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We learn how commercial real estate investors are dealing with flooded properties and seeing post-Harvey recovery as an opportunity. And NPR reporter Rebecca Hersher discusses the recent criminal charges brought against Arkema following Harvey and what she learned about the events leading up to the flooding at the Crosby chemical plant.

Also this hour: Mental health issues can be challenging enough for adults to deal with. But they can often be even harder for children – who lack the language and awareness to even recognize their problem, let alone ask for help. So, what mental health services are out there for parents and their children to turn to — especially after a disaster like Harvey? We meet a local parent whose family was displaced after the storm. And we learn about a local program, called Journey of Hope, which is designed to help children deal with emotional issues after a disaster. Plus, a local school social worker discusses the challenges faced by students when they change schools — including after a disaster.

And local author Caroline Leech talks about writing historical fiction for young adults. Her latest book, In Another Time, and her debut novel, Wait For Me, are both set in Scotland during World War II.

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