Billy begins the show with his family’s story, the night of the flood. Family members died trying to evacuate, helicopters could not lower their baskets because of power lines, then the Cajun Navy arrived. This is the introduction to a discussion about survival, recovery and planning for the future–including the next flood. Billy’s home is one of many that West Street Recovery‘s group of groups is working to rebuild–but there’s so much more, all the way to the legislature and input to federal response to crises like these.
Jay joins us on New Year’s Day to talk about Houston’s homeless from a different perspective–Jay and friends cook vegetable meals and give them to homeless individuals. He has the insights that academics and bureaucracies do not and can not have. He talks about homeless stories, how Houston works with the phenomenon better than most, but still could do things better. We’ll have Jay back to talk about this again, so this is the first in a series.
We are grateful for many things around Christmas time, and Lawrence coming on the show, complete with Santa hat and guitar–certainly tops the list. We talk about liberalizing the science curriculum at Westside with art and music–kind of fitting things into the whole. Topping it all this fall was 600+ set of student kayak adventures with Galveston’s Artist Boat. We look forward to more in the near future. Listen now
We talk about water and the Texas coast and all the things water means to us here, good and bad. The Texas Coastal Spine plan is upon us and time is running out for our input. You have until January 9, 2019. Listen to Jim’s comments here, then go to the links to learn more: Army Corps of Engineers and the Spine, TAMU Ike Dike.
We begin with a trip down memory lane, since David was an early KPFT General Manager. Houston Tomorrow has been a part of our town for a long time, bringing folks together to think about planning for the future. Many of those plans have come to fruition, in one form or another, and David brings us up to date on things like changing transportation philosophy, Complete Communities and how the Mayor and city leaders are involved in making these thing happen.