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Building skyscrapers in Houston (July 6, 2023)

On Thursday’s show: We learn about the extraordinary measures engineers had to develop so that skyscrapers could be built on our city’s mushy soil.



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On Thursday’s show: The Biden administration has announced it’s devoting $1 billion to develop clean hydrogen energy. What could that mean for the Houston area, which is expected to be home to a future hydrogen hub?

Also this hour: We learn about the extraordinary measures structural engineers had to develop so that skyscrapers could be built on Houston’s mushy soil. Joe Colaco, one of the engineers responsible for that — a man who has worked on some of the world’s most recognizable buildings — explains how it works.

Then, it's quickly become an annual symphony tradition – performing a major film score live, in sync with a screening of the movie. The Houston Symphony is doing it with Harry Potter July 14-15 and Star Wars July 28-29.

And the Houston Museum of African American Culture and Emancipation Park Conservancy are screening a couple of classic hip-hop films — Wild Style, Beat Street, and House Party. We talk about those films, the history of hip-hop culture, and Houston's unique place in that culture.


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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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