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Happy 185th Birthday, Houston!

A Houston historian celebrates the city’s 185th birthday with fun facts about its founding, landmarks and local lore. And we bring you updates on rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, plus rental assistance and eviction relief.



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Happy Birthday, Houston!

The City's 185th birthday is today, and we celebrate with Mister McKinney, founder of Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston and the Houston History Bus.

He shares fun facts about locations, landmarks and local history, and listeners call in with their Houston history questions.

We also have updates on two other issues impacting Houstonians — hurricanes and rental assistance.

Houstonians are known for their big hearts and their resilience. How can we help our neighbors along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida? What devastation and rescue efforts are underway in Louisiana?

Plus, we find out how renters and those facing eviction can access help in Harris County.

Cynthia Nunes Colbert

Colleen Udell

Mister McKinney

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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