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Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Tropical Weather Update, And Remembering Developer Gerald Hines (Aug 25, 2020)

Posted on · On Tuesday’s show: An update on Tropical Storms Laura and Marco, the latest on COVID-19, City Council Member Edward Pollard answers questions, creating man-made islands to protect Galveston Bay from storm surge, and remembering real estate developer Gerald Hines.

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Thursday’s Show: Flood Resiliency, And Mardi Gras In Galveston (Feb. 13, 2020)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: The city's Resilient Houston plan, the role climate change plays in Houston's flooding, an Astros fan who went in search of the facts in the sign-stealing scandal, and Mardi Gras in Galveston.

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Thursday’s Show: Shutting Down Freeways Before They Flood, And Author And Therapist Lori Gottlieb (Nov. 7, 2019)

Posted on · On Thursday's Houston Matters: Creating a system to shut down freeways before they flood, a conversation with therapist and author Lori Gottlieb, and examining white people's reactions to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Full Show: Report On Surge Flooding, And Our Weekly Political Roundup (May 8, 2019)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A report says we need to go beyond a coastal spine to protect Greater Houston from flooding, we break down the week's political stories, a researcher interviews some 600 women at Texas abortion clinics, and two UH alums return to premiere a new play.

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Full Show: Problems With The Flood Insurance Program, And Preserving Memories Of Harvey (July 30, 2018)

Posted on · On Monday's Houston Matters: As more people buy flood insurance, we learn what challenges the program faces. And we discover why HPD officers are learning Mandarin Chinese. Then, two local researchers explain why Harvey was a wake-up call regarding nature and our changing climate. Plus, we learn about a project to preserve Houstonians' memories of the storm. And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports.

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What Will Harris County’s Flood Bond Projects Entail – And What Else Is Needed?

Posted on · On Aug. 25, Harris County voters will be asked to approve up to $2.5 billion in flood mitigation projects. Houston Matters learns what that means and gets your input.

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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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Full Show: The Death Of The Alt Weekly, And The Science Of Creativity (Nov. 14, 2017)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: With news of the Houston Press ceasing print operations, we discuss the changing role of alt-weeklies. Then, we discuss the science of human creativity. And we learn about a new book featuring photos and stories of life in small-town Texas.

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Full Show: Involving The Private Sector In Storm Prep, And Political Roundup (Oct. 18, 2017)

Posted on · On Wednesday's Houston Matters: A local expert says the private sector should get involved in preparing for the next big storm. Then, our political experts discuss the latest political stories. We revisit the investigation of eleven unsolved murder cases in and around Galveston. And the Pappas restaurant chain celebrates 50 years.

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How Did Harvey Compare To Researchers’ Worst-Case Scenario Storm?

Posted on · Back in October 2016, researchers created a fictional tropical storm of extraordinary magnitude to understand just how well (or not) Greater Houston would handle the “big one.” Well, how did Harvey compare, and what lessons did they learn from it?