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Full Show: How Harvey Is Affecting Houston Refugees, And Counseling Children After The Storm (Sept. 21, 2017)

On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: Many refugees in Greater Houston are facing financial challenges after after Harvey wreaked havoc on the area. That's because many work hourly jobs and lost wages while businesses were shut down. But refugees are resilient people, having already escaped war, famine, and other challenges in their native countries. We learn more about how Harvey affected Houston refugees and what their needs are still. Also this hour: An expert offers advice... Read...

Duration: 00:50:07

Full Show: Political Roundup, And Houston Restaurants Help Out After Harvey (Sept. 20, 2017)

Houston Matters gets underway today at noon on 88.7 FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, talk@houstonmatters.org or @HoustonMatters. On Wednesday’s edition of Houston Matters: It’s time again for our weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how it all might affect Houston and Texas. This week, our panel of political experts includes: Brandon Rottinghaus, political science professor from the University of...

Duration: 00:05:57

Full Show: Post-Harvey Workforce Shortage, And Opinions on Health Care (Sept. 19, 2017)

On Tuesday's edition of Houston Matters: Local officials have announced a plan to address what they say is a significant shortage of skilled labor to help with post-Harvey recovery efforts in Greater Houston. We learn more. Also this hour: It's been nearly three weeks since the chemical fires at the Arkema plant in Crosby following Tropical Storm Harvey. The fires have since burned out, but there are still concerns related to the safety of the... Read More

Duration: 00:50:10

Full Show: Harvey’s Impact On The Housing Market, And Saigon Stories (Sept. 18, 2017)

On Monday's edition of Houston Matters: For weeks following Tropical Storm Harvey, the George R. Brown Convention center downtown was used to house thousands of evacuees -- until today. As KHOU is reporting, the last evacuees were bused out of the GRB early this morning bound for other shelters around town. We talk with the Red Cross about where those evacuees were headed and about lessons learned from the process of housing displaced Houstonians. Also this... Read More

Duration: 00:50:31

Full Show: Extended Days At Some HISD Schools, And Previewing ‘The Vietnam War’ (Sept. 15, 2017)

On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: Students at a dozen HISD schools will have longer school days in order to make up lost time following Tropical Storm Harvey. The district’s Board of Education approved the changes last night (Sept. 14, 2017). We discuss what students and parents need to know with Diana Dávila, vice president of the board. Also this hour: Debris piles at the curbs of many homes and businesses are still a common sight... Read More

Duration: 00:50:38

Full Show: Flooding In Kingwood, And Comparing Harvey To The Worst-Case Scenario (Sept. 14, 2017)

On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: DACA and Harvey will be front and center at tonight’s Houston Hispanic Impact Summit. The event is hosted by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Chamber president and CEO Dr. Laura Murillo gives us a preview of tonight’s discussion. Also this hour: We discuss how areas of north Houston, such as Kingwood, were hit particularly hard by Harvey, and we discuss the recovery efforts there. Then, we ask how... Read More

Duration: 00:50:27

Full Show: Renters’ Rights After Harvey, And Political Roundup (Sept. 13, 2017)

On Wednesday's edition of Houston Matters: Many of those affected by recent flooding in Houston are renters, and plenty of them are left wondering what they do next. Some are being evicted while apartment complexes begin the task of cleaning up. Others are being asked to pay rent even though their home or apartment is uninhabitable. Richard Tomlinson helps us navigate these complicated legal questions. He’s the director of litigation for Lone Star Legal Aid. Also this... Read More

Duration: 00:50:46

Full Show: Ed Emmett Answers Flooding Questions, And An Open Line With HPM’s Lisa Shumate (Sept. 12, 2017)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: Harris County Judge Ed Emmett wants the county to revisit its flood control strategy. He joins us to talk about that and answer all your questions about the response to -- and recovery from -- Hurricane Harvey. Also this hour: This program’s fourth anniversary came and went about a month ago without much in the way of fanfare. Still, we want to set aside some time to hear some of your suggestions... Read More

Duration: 00:50:07

Full Show: Irma’s Impact On Houston’s Recovery, And Some HISD Schools Get Underway (Sept. 11, 2017)

On Monday's edition of Houston Matters: Florida is starting to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm made landfall in the state Sunday morning and has left millions without power. Meanwhile, here in Greater Houston, many residents are still recovering from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. What could Irma mean for those efforts and resources here? We talk with a representative from FEMA who answers your questions about the relief efforts here. Also this hour: HISD... Read...

Duration: 00:50:54

Full Show: American Red Cross Response To Harvey, And Writer Rodrigo Hasbún (Sept. 8, 2017)

On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: In the days following Harvey, the American Red Cross set up more than 200 shelters across Texas for thousands of evacuees. The organization has also orchestrated relief efforts in the Greater Houston region. We learn more about the Red Cross response to Harvey from David Brady, CEO of the American Red Cross of the Texas Gulf Coast. Also this hour: We turn to our rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse... Read More

Duration: 00:50:51

Full Show: Home Repair After Harvey, And What’s Next In The Abortion Wars (Sept. 7, 2017)

On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: Now that floodwaters have receded in large portions of Greater Houston, questions of rebuilding are probably high on people’s minds as they return to water-damaged homes. To cover questions related to inspection, maintenance, and repair, we talk with Dan Bawden, president of Legal Eagle Contractors and a member of the Greater Houston Builders Association. Also this hour: Texas women will now have to pay an extra insurance premium in... Read More

Duration: 00:50:49

Full Show: Harvey’s Health Hazards, And Political Roundup (Sept. 6, 2017)

On Wednesday's Houston Matters: As if there isn’t enough for Harvey victims to deal with already – health hazards from murky flood waters to other issues are causing concerns for area public health officials. We learn what the threats are and how best to avoid them. Also this hour: Our group of political experts discusses the latest political stories with an eye toward how they might affect Houston and the Lone Star State. Brandon Rottinghaus,... Read More

Duration: 00:22:34

Full Show: An Update On The Reservoirs, And Advice For Filing Flood Claims (Sept. 5, 2017)

On Tuesday's edition of Houston Matters: As the cleanup and recovery effort from Harvey continues, there's still a lot of water in area reservoirs. We check in on the status of our over-taxed flood system in Greater Houston. Also this hour: We bring you advice on how to file an insurance claim in the aftermath of flooding. And Tilman Fertitta is buying the Rockets for $2.2 billion. We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here,... Read More

Duration: 00:50:25

Full Show: Relief And Recovery Efforts, And Harvey Heroes (Sept. 1, 2017)

Relief efforts continue, and recovery efforts are ramping up here in Greater Houston as the region assesses the damage wrought by flooding. On Friday's edition of Houston Matters, we learn how officials are plotting out those efforts in the wake of Harvey. Also this hour: We get some updates on the status of Houston roadways and what’s happening with gas prices. We meet a pair of evacuees who struck up a friendship in a shelter.... Read More

Duration: 00:50:49

Full Show: Harvey’s Effect On Oil And Gas, And A Visit To NRG Shelter (Aug. 31, 2017)

On Thursday's Houston Matters: As another day unfolds of recovery from unprecedented flooding across Greater Houston, we update you on the latest on relief efforts. What are the greatest needs for relief organizations -- both now and in the coming days and weeks? Plus we check in on the status of roads and highways around the region. Then, Michael Hagerty reports live from the shelter at NRG Center, which started the day with around 900... Read More

Duration: 00:50:29

Full Show: Sun Finally Shines On Devastated City, But Flooding Continues (Aug. 30, 2017)

On Wednesday's edition of Houston Matters: While the sun finally came out and the rain finally stopped for most of Houston, there's still plenty of rain falling in areas like Beaumont. And many residents of Greater Houston are still evacuating as some waterways have yet to crest. Meanwhile, countless others begin the long, arduous recovery effort. Today, we check in with the National Weather Service to learn the latest on the forecast. We check in... Read More

Duration: 00:51:37

Full Show: More Evacuations, More Shelters, And Environmental Concerns (Aug. 29, 2017)

On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We continue to follow the latest developments around Greater Houston as remnants of Harvey linger over the region. We learn the very latest on shelters and evacuations from Francisco Sanchez from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Then, we get an update on Harvey’s track from Dan Reilly of the National Weather Service. Also, we check in with News 88.7 reporters all over the region who've been talking... Read More

Duration: 00:48:53

Full Show: Recovery And Evacuations Continue As Rain Persists (Aug. 28, 2017)

The massive rescue and recovery effort continues Monday following widespread flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Meanwhile, Houstonians in some areas evacuate as the region braces for more rain and water is released from area reservoirs. On Monday's Houston Matters: We assess the situation as we check in with News 88.7 reporters across town with stories of rescue, recovery, and preparation for more rain. And we bring you the latest advisories from local officials as the situation unfolds....

Duration: 00:50:59

Full Show: The Latest Updates On Harvey And Potential Flooding (Aug. 25, 2017)

On Friday's edition of Houston Matters: We bring you the latest as Harvey makes landfall on the Texas coast and brings heavy rains to Greater Houston. We'll check in with the a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, Francisco Sanchez from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Eric Berger from Space City Weather. Plus Rachel Lindley, who coordinates news coverage for a network of public radio stations in Texas, brings us updates... Read More

Duration: 00:49:25

Full Show: Preparing For Harvey And Lessons Learned From Past Storms (Aug. 24, 2017)

On Thursday's edition of Houston Matters: We update you on the weather forecast and the potential for flooding in Greater Houston as Harvey head our way. What’s in store for Greater Houston? We find out by talking to several guests. Jeff Lindner updates us on the latest timeline for landfall and what areas of the region could be hit hardest. Lindner is a meteorologist with the Harris County Flood Control District. Then, some are already comparing the storm to 2001’s Tropical... Read More

Duration: 00:50:52

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