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Addressing Houston’s Rising Murder Rate, And Riding Out Rising Sea Levels (Nov. 19, 2020)

On Thursday’s show: Addressing Houston’s rising murder rate, how some Gulf Coast residents plan to handle rising sea levels, a conversation with astronaut and Houston native Loral O’Hara, and reflecting on the contributions of the late columnist Molly Ivins.

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The murder rate in Houston is higher than it’s been in a decade. We explore reasons why and how to address the problem.

Also this hour: Adapting to climate change will someday mean leaving some coastal communities that are absorbed by sea level rise. But, in the decades to come, what if Gulf Coast residents just ride it out — just let the water rise and stay?

Then Houston native Loral O'Hara talks about her work as an astronaut in this new era of public-private spaceflight.

And the outrageous Houstonian who ridiculed the fraidy cats – remembering the late political columnist Molly Ivins.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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