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Full Show: Manafort Verdict, And Lessons From Hurricane Ike (Aug. 22, 2018)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: Our experts break down the latest political stories. We examine the lessons learned from Hurricane Ike. And we hear from Ron Stallworth, the real-life detective who inspired Spike Lee’s film Blackkklansman.

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Many Houstonians May Be Unaware They Live In Evacuation Zones

Posted on · The information’s not required in real estate documents, and the last time the evacuation zone map was activated was during Hurricane Ike: nearly 10 years ago. Officials also say around a million people have moved to Houston from other locations, and may not know how to evacuate. Is Houston ready for the next big storm?

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Houstonians Share Hurricane Memories

Posted on · The Atlantic Hurricane season starts on Thursday (June 1, 2017). So, today, we ask Greater Houston to collectively share its memories of major storms that have affected the area, from Hurricane Ike in 2008 to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 to storms much further back in our memories. Joining us for this conversation are Frank Billingsey, […]

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Hurricane Memories, and a Trip to the Cat Café: Tuesday’s Show (May 30, 2017)

Posted on · The Atlantic Hurricane season starts on Thursday (June 1, 2017). On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Greater Houston to collectively share its memories of major storms that have affected the area, from Hurricane Ike in 2008 to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 to storms much further back in our memories. Joining us for […]

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Speeding Up the ‘Ike Dike’ Study, and the First African Americans at NASA: Tuesday’s Show (January 17, 2017)

Posted on · You’re probably familiar with the idea of the so-called “Ike Dike,” a proposed barrier to protect the Texas coast from storm surge in events like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently studying the idea and should have its findings ready by June of 2018. But a recently passed federal law aims […]

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Many Factors Delayed Repair Of Hundreds of Ike-Damaged Roofs In Houston For Years

Posted on · Back in 2008, Hurricane Ike damaged thousands of homes as it swept across the Houston region. Eight years later, hundreds of properties have still not been repaired. Many can be identified by the blue tarps on their roofs. There are many factors causing delays on repairing these roofs. It’s a complicated issue. And some of […]

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Why Are Some Victims of Hurricane Ike Still Living Under a Blue Tarp?

Posted on · Back in 2008, Hurricane Ike damaged thousands of homes as it swept across the Houston region. Eight years later, hundreds of properties have still not been repaired. Many can be identified by the blue tarps on their roofs. Vallia Huff lived in one of the houses with blue tarps. Ike’s strong winds knocked over a […]