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Zina Garrison, Sinking Houston and a Fear the Beard Emoji: Houston Matters Weekend for Feb. 11, 2017

Zina Garrison, Sinking Houston and a Fear the Beard Emoji: Houston Matters Weekend for Feb. 11, 2017

Photo: Derek Stokely. Graphic: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaIn June of last year, we presented the 2016 Houston Matters Road Show in front of a live audience at the Asia Society Texas Center, including a conversation with Houstonian and longtime tennis star Zina Garrison.

In the 1980s and 90s, Garrison was a fixture in professional tennis, routinely among the top women’s singles players in the world. She made the Wimbledon final in 1990. But it was in doubles tennis that she really stood out, taking the gold at the 1988 Olympics and winning three Grand Slam mixed doubles tournaments in her long and successful career. After retiring from the pro tour, she established the Zina Garrison Foundation for the Homeless, and the Zina Garrison All-Court – now ZGA Tennis Program, supporting inner-city tennis here in Houston.

On this edition of Houston Matters Weekend, we hear our conversation with Garrison from the 2016 road show.

Also this hour…

Is Houston Sinking?

According to data from the US Geological Survey, parts of Harris County have dropped between ten and 12 feet since the 1920s. Some argue when you lose that much ground it makes an area more prone to flooding. It’s a phenomenon known as subsidence, the gradual sinking of an area. But the Harris County Flood Control District says it’s not subsidence that’s causing all the flooding problems — it’s the significant rainfall.

We talk with Sachin Shah with USGS and Steve Fitzgerald, chief engineer with the Harris County Flood Control District, about subsidence and its relationship to flooding in the Greater Houston region.

Fresh Eggs, No Commitment 

A Houston affiliate of a service called Rent the Chicken seeks to make it easier for suburbanites to become backyard farmers. Ed and Diane Roberson, known in the Rent the Chicken world as “Homestead Ed and Diane” will rent you two or four egg-laying hens, a coop, chicken feed and the like for six months, with delivery within 50 miles of Katy. Paige Phelps visited their farm to find out more.

Run, Jump, Move

We learn about parkour — a physical training regimen focused on getting a person from point to point in the most efficient manner. Cameron Pratto from Houston’s Urban Movement tells us more.

Houston LOLs and OMGs

Smartphone users are no doubt familiar with emojis – those little smiley faces or other images you can text to your friends. Well, a Houston marketing and design firm called Primer Grey has started creating Houston-themed emojis – dubbed Houmoji – to represent people, places and experiences in the Bayou City.

Hannah McClure and Chris Valdez, of the marketing and design firm Primer Grey, have created Houston-themed emojis -- called Houmoji. (Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)To learn more about the project, Michael Hagerty talked with the company’s Hannah McClure and Chris Valdez.

McClure is an illustrator who’s new to Houston from Louisiana. She says she was sketching landmarks around town as she learned her new city. But the idea really took off when she sketched an image of Houston’s most famous native — Beyoncé.

The emojis recently became available on iTunes.

Houston Matters Weekend airs every Saturday at 1 p.m. on News 88.7. If you have questions or comments about something you hear, e-mail us at talk@houstonmatters.org. | News 88.7 Program Lineup

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Paige Phelps

Paige PhelpsPaige Phelps is a producer for Houston Matters. Her background is in print news, and she's spent time with Marfa Public Radio and in communications and public relations for West Texas Food Bank and North Texas Food Bank.View all posts by Paige Phelps →