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Full Show: Accountability For Environmental Incidents, And Hearing From All Sides (May 20, 2019)

On Monday’s Houston Matters: Calls for accountability following chemical incidents, improving scientific literacy, hearing from all sides of an issue, and Houston sports.


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On Monday’s Houston Matters: It's been just over two months since a fire broke out at the ITC chemical facility in Deer Park, sending a plume of black smoke over much of Houston. The incident is just the latest of several in recent memory that have reignited calls for accountability from both Harris County and from residents.

News 88.7's politics and government reporter Andrew Schneider brings us the stories of some residents affected by those incidents and explains how new resources will allow the Harris County District Attorney's office to expand its pursuit of environmental offenders.

Also this hour: Some area scientists discuss improving scientific literacy in the general public.

Then, voices in society who reject rational, observable facts – or others who espouse extreme ideas – do we need to include them in our civil discourse and in our news reporting? We weigh the merits of – and the need for – hearing from all sides.

And, from some Astros injuries to some Rockets coaching moves, we get an update on Houston sports from Jeff Balke.

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