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Where’s Houston’s flood prevention money? (May 30, 2023)

On Tuesday’s show: We discuss the long history and fight over flood mitigation funding for Houston after Hurricane Harvey.



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On Tuesday’s show: A new Frontline documentary, "After Uvalde: Guns, Grief & Texas Politics," examines the aftermath of the deadliest school shooting in Texas history. The documentary tells the story of how some grieving families have been pushing to raise the minimum age to purchase assault-style weapons in Texas. We talk with host María Hinojosa about the film, which airs tonight at 9 on Houston Public Media, TV 8.

Also this hour: Houstonian Wes Anderson’s new film Asteroid City hits theaters next month. We revisit a conversation with Anderson about how Houston has influenced his films. And we revisit a conversation with Jeff Goldblum, who has been a part of the ensemble of actors frequently in Anderson’s films over the years.

Then, we discuss the long history and fight over disaster recovery funding for Houston after Hurricane Harvey. It's been four years since Congress passed a bill authorizing $4.3 billion in aid to communities affected by the storm for flood mitigation projects. Houston and Harris County experienced half the damage from Harvey, but, to date, the city has been given none of that funding.

And we reflect on the last days of Sam Houston.


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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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