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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 […]

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Rice University President David Leebron, and Air Hockey: Monday’s Show (December 19, 2016)

Posted on · In October, Rice University President David Leebron became chair of the Association of American Universities Board of Directors, an organization focused on issues important to 62 public and private research-intensive universities. And along with that honor, Rice has garnered other critical praise this past year– the announcement of Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum as the first Houston scientist, […]

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Why Affordable Housing Has Been so Contentious and Continues to Be in Galveston

Posted on · After public housing in Galveston was damaged during Hurricane Ike, the federal government offered $586 million in disaster aid to rebuild. But some folks there didn’t want the housing rebuilt, leading to a protracted legal battle. We’ll review that dispute, and discuss the state of public housing in Galveston with John Wayne Ferguson, Galveston City […]

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Gun Culture in Texas and Summer Melt: Wednesday’s show (July 29, 2015)

Posted on · If you live in Texas, you must be a gun owner, right? Everyone is, after all. Except…no. Everyone isn’t. In fact, a recent study suggests while Texas has slightly higher than average gun ownership rates, gun owners are, in fact, the overwhelming minority. According to the report published last month in the health journal Injury […]

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The Process of Rebuilding Continues Seven Years after Hurricane Ike

Posted on · This September marks seven years since Hurricane Ike hit Houston, and yet, it might surprise many to learn that some parts of Houston are still recovering from Ike. The City of Houston is overseeing the second round of recovery, which is currently underway. It aims to help the Houstonians whose homes were damaged or destroyed […]

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Protecting the Texas Coast from Storms: It’s a Year-Round Job

Posted on · Hurricane season may be over, but preparing for the next big tropical storm is a year-long process. Among the groups engaged in that effort is the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District. The GCCPRD develops plans to help Galveston, Harris, and other area counties to alleviate damage from storms like 2008’s Hurricane Ike. The […]