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George H.W. Bush Biographer, City Floods and ‘Prairie Home’ Host Chris Thile: Houston Matters Weekend for Feb. 4, 2017

Posted on · In his 2015 biography Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, author Jon Meacham explored how the nation's 41st president has conducted himself throughout his life, through extensive interviews over a decade with the president, his family, friends, and colleagues. Meacham was also granted access to the former president's audio diaries […]

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Protecting Houston From Storm Surge and Flooding

Posted on · On Wednesday (Jan. 18, 2017), officials will gather to discuss protecting Houston from flooding and storm surge at a symposium at the George R. Brown Convention Center. We get a preview from some of the panelists: Stephen Costello, the City of Houston's Flood Czar, and Mary Anne Piacentini, executive director of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.

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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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The Challenge of Protecting Houston Prairies Amid Constant Development

Posted on · Following our recent Houston Matters road trip to the newest stretch of the Grand Parkway, in which we learned how some nearby residents and businesses are being affected by the new leg of 99, we received an e-mail from a listener bemoaning how such development adds to the dissipation of prairies on the edges of […]

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