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Why Chemical Disasters Keep Happening In Texas (Jan. 28, 2021)

On Thursday’s show: An investigative series called Fire Triangle explores why chemical disasters keep happening in Texas and what’s being done to prevent them.

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: Why Pres. Joe Biden is pausing oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters.

Also this hour: In the past two years, half a dozen chemical disasters have ripped apart Texas neighborhoods, sent dozens of people to the hospital and killed unsuspecting bystanders as well as workers. Texas Public Radio and Houston Public Media spent the better part of 2020 investigating these events to answer the question: why do so many chemical disasters keep happening in Texas, and what — if anything — is being done to prevent more? We learn more about the resulting four-part podcast series Fire Triangle.

Then, in the latest edition of our film segment The Bigger Picture, we examine the toll the pandemic can take on relationships as depicted in the movie Locked Down.

And a young girl comes to terms with the secrets of her deeply-religious family in a new novel set in 1970s Pasadena called From the Moon I Watched Her by Houstonian Emily English Medley.

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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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