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What the fight to save coral reefs has in common with mental health (April 14, 2022)

On Thursday’s show: City of Houston employees will now get paid parental leave. And a marine biologist explains what the fight to save coral reefs has in common with her daughter’s mental health struggles.



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On Thursday’s show: Houston City Council voted unanimously to approve paid parental leave for city employees. We discuss this and other news from Wednesday's council meeting with News 88.7 reporter Caroline Love.

And we get an update on several COVID-19-related stories.

Also this hour: Dr. Juli Berwald fell in love with coral reefs when she was a marine biology student. The Texas resident wrote last September about the Flower Garden Banks for Texas Monthly. Now, she has a new book out called Life on the Rocks: Building a Future for Coral Reefs. We talk with her about efforts to protect the reefs, and how they, in turn, provide storm protection but are threatened by climate change. We also discuss a parallel Berwald draws to the fate of coral reefs — and her own daughter's struggle with mental illness – two often invisible battles with uncertain outcomes.

And an event at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts, featuring the Houston-based ensemble Nameless Sound, fuses music with visual representations of itself.

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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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