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Air Pollution Report and Sean Patrick Flanery: Tuesday’s Show (April 26, 2016)

Air Pollution Report and Sean Patrick Flanery: Tuesday’s Show (April 26, 2016)

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaLast week, the American Lung Association released its 17th annual “State of the Air” report, which says Houston – when it comes to ozone – is the 15th most polluted city in the U.S. But what does that mean and what’s being done to address it?

On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss air quality in Greater Houston.

Also this hour, we chat about the Gulf Coast Green Conference, which draws sustainability professionals to town. This year’s theme is about art and sustainability and includes lessons in something called “hedonistic sustainability.” Hedonistic what now? We get an explanation.

Then: We learn how Discovery Green came to be – instead of becoming another parking lot.

And we’ll hear from actor, author – and Houston native – Sean Patrick Flanery, whom you might remember from the movie The Boondock Saints. He’s written a novel about growing up here.

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  • How Did Houston Fare in the Annual ‘State of the Air’ Report?

    Recently, the American Lung Association released the results of its 17th annual State of the Air report. It’s a national air quality grade and ranking of metro regions across the nation. It looks at two outdoor air pollutants: ozone pollution and particle pollution. According to the findings, Houston is the 15th most air-polluted city in the U.S. However, Houston’s air quality is improving,

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  • Gulf Coast Green Conference Brings Sustainability Minds to Houston

    For more than 10 years, the Gulf Coast Green Conference has quietly been building a name for itself, drawing sustainability professionals, architects and designers to town. This theme for this year’s conference is about art and sustainability and includes lessons in something called “hedonistic sustainability.” We learn about the conference — and what exactly that term means — from Julie Hendricks, vice

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  • Discovery Green Celebrates 8 Years As Houston Greenspace

    Discovery Green is celebrating its 8th anniversary this month. The 12-acre park in downtown Houston began as a parking lot. Jackie Martin is a founding member of the Discovery Green Conservancy, and Barry Mandel is President and Park Director for Discovery Green. They tell Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin how Discovery Green came to be. (Image: Derek Stokely, Houston Public Media)

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  • Justin Turner of Bernie’s Burger Bus Discusses Other Careers He Thought About Pursuing

    Local chef, Justin Turner, owner and operator of Bernie’s Burger Bus in Belliare, tells us about other careers he thought about pursuing, such as being in music or as a radio DJ. (Above: Justin Turner, chef and owner of Bernie’s Burger Bus in Bellaire. Photo: Edel Howlin, Houston Public Media)

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  • Actor Sean Patrick Flanery Pens Novel About Growing Up Near Houston

    Sean Patrick Flanery, an actor you might know from his roles as Young Indy in the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and his roles in The Boondock Saints, Dexter and Powder, first fell in love with the stage while attending Houston’s University of St. Thomas. He’s also a writer, having penned his first novel, called Jane Two. It tells a coming-of-age

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →