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How the Inflation Reduction Act might affect Houston (Aug. 9, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Analyzing the climate change provision in the Inflation Reduction Act and how it might affect Houston. Questions for Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Martin. A gardening expert answers your questions. And addressing problems Hurricane Harvey exposed with area reservoirs.

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A billion dollar county bond measure, and rebuilding after Harvey (Aug. 2, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Will a billion dollar bond measure go before Harris County voters for approval in November? Then, City Council Member Letitia Plummer answers your questions. And we begin a four-part series reflecting on lessons from Hurricane Harvey, five years later.

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Navigating high home prices and mortgage rates (May 24, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: A report found cover-ups of allegations and incidents of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist leaders and volunteers. Plus, City Council Member Edward Pollard answers your questions, we discover how Houstonians are adjusting to high home prices and mortgage rates, and we meet Houstonians who collect unusual things.

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Addressing noise from Washington Ave. bars, and actor Jeff Goldblum (May 3, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Proposed changes to the city's noise ordinance are being voted on this week to address noise stemming from Washington Avenue bars. Plus Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle answers your questions. Then actor Jeff Goldblum talks about performing with his jazz band. And Houstonian KC Davis talks about her new book, How to Keep House While Drowning.

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Council Member Tarsha Jackson, and how big oil cast doubt on climate change (April 19, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: City Council Member Tarsha Jackson discusses issues facing the city, we discuss the fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change, and local baker Hemlata "Hemu" Basumatary from the Netflix baking show Is It Cake? talks about her craft.

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

Posted on · 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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Hidalgo staffers indicted, Council Member Mary Nan Huffman, and Afghan interpreters (April 12, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Two senior staffers for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and one former one have been indicted in connection with a COVID-19 vaccine outreach contract. Plus: City Council Member Mary Nan Huffman answers your questions. And we hear from a Houstonian who served as an interpreter for U.S. forces in his native Afghanistan.

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Technology to speed up 911 response time, and UH coach Kelvin Sampson (April 5, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: Missouri City uses new technology to improve 911 response times, City Council Member Mike Knox answers questions about issues facing the city, UH men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson talks about the Cougars' last two NCAA tournament runs, and we talk with Sean Carey of the band Bon Iver.

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Why gas prices won’t be falling any time soon (March 8, 2022)

Posted on · On Tuesday's show: An energy industry analyst explains the forces at play driving oil prices up -- and likely keeping them there for a while. And we meet two pioneering women from Houston.

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Can technology fill the void where more police officers are needed? (Dec. 15, 2021)

Posted on · On Wednesday's show: The city considers new technology that identifies where and when shots are fired and alerts police. Can it fill the void of additional law enforcement personnel the city can’t afford?