Coastal Communities Clean Up From Nicholas (Sept. 15, 2021)

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This programming is brought to you by the greater houston partnership convening diverse and dynamic companies from across industries of all sizes from the twelve county greater houston region more about membership at houston dot org. Electricity is back for all but about eighty thousand centerpoint energy customers in the houston metro area but as we largely escaped the worst of nicholas some communities south and east of a saw little more damage. I'm craig cohen today on houston matters. We check in with brasilia county. Judge matsue besta about storm search damaging flooding and surf side beach. Also this hour the. Us justice department has once again gone to federal court seeking a halt to the new texas abortion. Law will discuss that previewed. Next weeks third special legislative session and talk through other goings on in this week's political roundup today with analysts. Cortina and nancy sims from the university of houston then how locally developed experiments planned on the civilian crew aboard today spacex on can impact us here on earth. We'll start with news update from npr news. Eighty eight seven. Stay with us. This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen good morning. Coming up how experiments into the health of civilian astronauts benefit life here on earth. Also we talked with the director of a new documentary about the santa fe high school shooting and we discussed the many complex moments. Public officials are asked to navigate. And how some do it better than others. That and other developments in our regular wednesday political roundup. We start though with the. Clean up following nicholas. Electricity is now been restored to all but about eighty one thousand centerpoint energy customers as we just heard from matt harrop centerpoint personnel are reportedly on the way from san antonio here to houston to help the effort to restore those remaining outages a handful of schools. Some of them lacking electricity remained closed today. All in all though as we discussed yesterday the houston area largely escaped the worst of nicholas with damage mostly limited to downed branches and other debris community south and east of the bayou city saw a little more damage galveston island experienced some flooding in the city's historic center and strong winds took down trees and traffic signs. Their port o'connor and matagorda bay face down the strongest winds about seventy five miles per hour storm surge damaged homes and vehicles along matagorda beach among the somewhat harder hit areas where communities in brasilia county and. We are joined now by that county's chief executive judge mat-su best adjudged the best good morning. Good morning. thanks for having me again. Sure. let's start with surf side beach. I saw drone footage. They're showing a number of homes with roof damage. One home swept into the gulf some boulders and roadways other streets flooded by storm surge overnight. Monday into tuesday. What more can you tell us about all of that. Yes sir Surf side was probably our most impacted community They got the brunt of the wind Even you know the wind was countywide but they got the stronger wins. they dealt with the storm surge so you know let's impacts I was down there yesterday. Looking at part of sir side and yes. They had some roof damage and a lot of Stuff moved around from the storm surge so they'll be recovering For a few days. I think it's going to be several days before they have power reestablished. I heard they were also without water on tuesday. Has that been reestablished. I have not gotten that report yet. This morning okay. Any other coastal communities in your county experienced similar damage. well there are major coastal community. Quintana the village of quintana route across the the port from them They're much less populated But they had some of the same issues we had About a half million dollars damage at our content county park over there but You know the big issue we've got right now. Is the the power issue. We've still got About thirty five thousand electrical customers in brasilia county without power. Which is about twenty three percents Centerpoint has about half of those in texas. New mexico has about half of those So they're they're working diligently to get power reestablished and since yesterday morning they've reestablished Power to eighty thousand customers. How did Communities further inland in brasilia county like Angleton para landa the among the larger ones fair fair fairly. Well like i said the the the main thing people are dealing with his power outages and just a lot of organic cleanup Trees limbs leaves That And that is ongoing. But they were not made up to pair land But here angleton. I know that There's a decent number trees that are down and people are still going through the process of cleaning that up we just heard Reports of Centerpoint setting about thirty or so Folks workers from san antonio to the houston area I imagine some of them are going ahead your way to to help restore power I assume that's a welcome bit of news. Absolutely they are staging at the resort county fair grounds But you know we have. We have two providers we also have texas new mexico here and and the the great thing about the That industry is that These linemen will go all over for many of the landman from centerpoint That are in and from texas new mexico. You know three or four days ago. They were working hurricane ida Reestablishment of power over louisiana. They've come back to deal with the issues here so you know. They travel all over and they support one another. And that that's a good thing and you you mentioned ida and what louisiana's dealing with an again. We saw this storm find. Its way over to them. And and its meandering through louisiana and mississippi even still now have got to be a point of frustration. Obviously for folks there I guess from your perspective. I wonder if you're thinking boy. I'm glad you know we. We didn't see as much or more of what they're continuing to experience. Not just with this but also aita absolutely nicholas Was hurricane but it was not anything that the magnitude of hurricane haida That's you know that's one little concern. I have is You know down the road. We have a cat four hurricane coming in and someone says well. I wrote out nicholas He it's completely different scale. when you've got an ida versus a nicklaus So that's You know that. That's one of the things i i would hope that no one takes from. That is a road out a hurricane shaq and ride out any hurricane. Yeah we we were talking about that. Yesterday every storm is different. Every storm behaves differently And is so easy to get swept up in the idea of comparing one storm to another say and making your decisions based off of what the last one did absolutely. They're all different. Every river flood is different. Every rain event is different and they all have their nasty characteristics for more on damage caused by nicholas and community south and east of houston visit houston public media. Dot org brasilia. County judge. matt's avesta. Thank you very much. Thank you sir. Up next to the justice department heads to federal court again to stop the texas abortion law and from storm response to commemorating nine eleven. Public officials are expected to handle a lot of sometimes emotional sometimes dramatic events with poise and empathy. And frankly some do it better than others will discuss in our political roundup is houston matters continues. This is houston matters. I'm craig cohen from navigating. Severe storms to speaking at commemorative events like last weekend ceremonies for the twentieth anniversary of the nine eleven attacks. Public officials are expected to demonstrate poise and empathy communicate critical information and connect and be responsive to their constituents during sometimes emotional and often dramatic events and some. Frankly just do that better than others will discuss that. And some other recent developments in politics now and this week's round up with the university of houston's nancy sims and toronto cortina nancy toronto. Good morning morning. there was some news overnight related to the texas abortion law we will get to that The third special session starting next week and some other things. But first let's talk about public officials navigating these times We saw two different aspects of those leadership skills on display in recent days in preparation response to nicholas and in ceremonies commemorating the lives lost in the nine eleven attacks. Twenty years ago haradim. Oh let's start with you. Who stands out to you. As examples of public officials past or present who navigated one or both of those circumstances. Well the last few days. Well i think we have a a lot of public officials have done a very good job. I think that All mayors in the houston area. Especially when we're talking about here can niclas. And also you know county judges Judge hidalgo In four band as well Judge george have made a very very good job eats something that i think. Public officials have learned over the past. I think that now with everything that's going on some argue that it's About climate change Some argue that it's normal changes in the earth's temperatures and so forth but i think that emergency management and response to natural disasters have become over the past years more professionalized and now public officials do not allow any uncertainty to be unnoticed We had for example. We just need to remember the memorial day flawed where there was no significant warning and now all warnings are headed very very very very seriously and awesome. Part of the of overall. Does that Reciting the houston region. We take these events very seriously. We're very prepared if public officials as don't go On the roads we didn't go into roads. And we're just better prepared. Nancy sim- same question any particular officials that you would point to and say. Oh they handled not not just nicholas but the the nine eleven commemorative events other recent examples. Well well i agree. I agree with you on this. And i would say that. We nicknamed Mayor turner the crisis mayor because since the day he office just been through one crisis after another and He was prepared for it. I think because of his years of public service when you lick it judge dog. Oh it was all new to her and I think she's grown through the pandemic and through other traumatic events but as iran most said we are in a period of time when all elected officials must be prepared to deal with disaster whether it's fires or storms or flooding tornadoes. It's just all mayors needs to be a part of their Their training is they come into office now and As far as nine eleven goes. I felt like i didn't see any major audibles per se But also the ceremony seemed to be a little more tongue down than i anticipated hiroshima the nine eleven remembrance did include a flight ninety three memorial service in shanksville pennsylvania where vice president khama harrison former president. George w bush spoke what stood out to you about what they had to say. Well i think you know. Both remarks were on point. I think that it's a matter of leadership and personal style that allows to connect One way or the other with With you know the people. I think that both Vice prison hirees on on president bush Did an excellent job in trying to connect and also trying to To certain extent explained or how they felt about nine level on a personal level. And i think that you know it's a leadership trade though allows Some leaders to have that emotional connection with people and and many of us That experienced nine eleven. I was living in new york city at the time Really connected with Those messages nancy president bush in particular was lauded for his comments last weekend for how he handled those first few days after nine. Eleven of course that was also a time when he had a a huge approval rating as the country rallied razz leader. Congress authorized him to engage in military action Leading to a growth in power in the presidency. That's that's largely held since that also meant twenty years of war and military action of one former another in afghanistan and of course in recent weeks. We've seen what's happened since we left there. What should we think. Now of our response to nine eleven and our foreign policy since in light of all of that that that question could take our answer is but i think in summation the timing of us withdrawing from afghanistan and the circumstances with which we withdrew having the taliban media immediately takeover has has caused a lot of people to scratch their ends wonder if what we did after nine eleven was the best action and of course people are going question now for decades to come a dick. The country did rally around the president and when we look back on it we see somewhat of a lost opportunity. That only a couple of years later we've fell onto extreme division again and went back to our corners to to square off and fight And you know bush Spoke well at the memorial. But they're still think for like we say. Academics will study this for decades. Come to question whether our foreign policy is better off now are not this is houston matters. I'm craig cohen. We're talking with political analysts. Haradim cortina and nancy sims from the university of houston about recent developments in politics ron last night. The us justice department went to federal district court seeking a court order to stop texas from enforcing the new abortion law. The supreme court already declined to stop the law from taking effect. A couple of weeks back. So what's different now. Well it's basically now the department of justice. It's arguing that these new law is be aid. Just not allow any of those who oppose The low to seek review from a federal court so law does not not allow individuals To go in fail in federal court and challenged the law. So the department of justice yesterday Put these or seek these new relief in order to allow women to have access to basic reproductive. Health care So it's gonna be a very long long long way in terms of Of the legal challenges but the core of the argument that the barman of justice is moving forward. Is that basically. These law is unconstitutional. Because dawson allow individuals to seek relief in a higher court. And i guess we should also point out that the moment this request is being made in. Us court it may ultimately be decided. e- even just this aspect of whether or not to Stop the the law from being enforced at the moment. While it's it's litigated that even aspect could be decided by the supreme court. But i guess the justice department's hoping a lower court will issue at first then they can argue before the high court ultimately This follows a lawsuit. Nancy filed last week challenging the new law which bans all abortions again after cardiac activity is detected in the fetus. Typically at roughly six weeks. This is often before many women. No they're pregnant And then it with other existing laws in texas dramatically limits the window in which an abortion can be obtained. It doesn't have exceptions for for rape or sexual abuser incest. of course it has this controversial provision. Well that allows the general public to sue anyone who provides abortions tries to get them or helps anyone to get them after that fetal heartbeat is detected. How do you think nancy. All of this will play out for the first time in you know. Decades think the public is reacting in realizing that roe v wade in the right to an abortion is really in jeopardy and i've talked women in politics for many years now and this semester. My students are actually engaged in reproductive rights discussions before we get there and i have felt sometimes over the past. Few years have had to explain to students. Some of the symbols of roe v wade and its protection I feel like the public finally realizes even though people have been saying it for years that this is an issue and i saw the texas medical association weigh-in recently of course in the roe v. Wade decision the ama. The american medical association was one of the most effective of france. The core filings amicus briefs. That helped the court make their decisions. So what what. I think will really bring the public around is when we start seeing how people react and what women extremes women will go to to terminate pregnancies. They cannot for some reason. Go forward with vet said haradim. Oh the makeup of today's supreme court is far different from the high court of nineteen seventy-three. Well absolutely absolutely i completely different chord eats an angling into the conservative case. But we have seen you know in previous positions that So far it seems that justices tend to stick with the law roe v. Wade ease the law of the land as of now Roe v wade has presidents Roe v wade has been used in a lot of jurisprudence. So we have to see you know. Eve judges on justice are going to stick to the law. Or gonna you know inched towards Their individual Ideological preferences or beliefs that you know during their confirmations. They have said One thing or the other not very clear of course because if not they wouldn't have not been confirmed but it's going to be porn and it's going to be testament and he's going to be a very important test to the court to see eve. Balance of power is gonna remained. And deferral pact is going to remain at the dm's. Nancy does it matter that in the almost fifty years since that Landmark decision congress actually passed a law that that basically reflects what that decision says. Yes it does matter. And i believe there's been some immediate action on net income. I know there's been some bills filed recently but congress never felt they had to and it kept members of having to take more strident positions of because they were protected by the court. Now the gloves are off on this issue and people need to pay attention to it. I guess when a mine a most remarkable a astounding comments over the last week or so crack has been when governor abbott when he was asked about the cases of rape and he said well. We're not gonna have any more rapists in texas. I you left me speechless. There he did actually say that he says. We're going to get rid of rapists and in fact texas has one of the worst conviction of ripeness records of all the state so it was just you know astounding when he said that i guess haradim that that underscores the extreme nature of the rhetoric. That has always been around the abortion debate And at times as has really ramped up. And i guess maybe we're in one of those times now. Well obviously i mean over the past. You know Political station has increased dramatically. Not only at the political level but also The journal public so abortion gun control immigration sewn and so for our issues are completely polarized on onto to a certain extent politicians. Use the cs in order to Entice their constituencies special neither in primary elections to go out and vote. So it's a one of those issues that remains extremely polarized and he will remain for the for several years. I mean there could be yet more coming from the state. Legislature as the third special session is scheduled to convene monday morning at ten governor. Abbott is calling on lawmakers to take redistricting local government and school districts kovic vaccine mandates transgender students public school athletic options appropriations of federal funding related. Depend relief and bill. He vetoed in the regular session on chaining dogs outside Nancy what what do you expect to see out of special session number three. Well the focus of the session of course will be drawing new districts as we've previously discussed but the while that's happening legislature will keep themselves entertained with more More issues that will keep primary voters. Happy so i think you will seal a action but not necessarily passage because the main goal will be to get the districts drawn that said hirano. What happens if one or more of these Items are not addressed to the governor satisfaction. Even if they do manage to settle on redistricting don't pass anything else. Is there a point at which he maybe has to stop calling special sessions while i mean the prerogative of the governor to call as many special sessions he wants to. I think that during these special session. I mean redistricting is going to take a lot of time. it's one of the most contentious issues In politics happens every ten years after The senses publish their population counts and in texas country. To other states reduce detainees a political process per district. These one hundred percent Political process and there is a process here in texas if the legislature cannot draw maps which you know might be very likely than there is a commission that he's going to be formed at the political leaders of the state for example. The governor the lieutenant governor speaker of the house are going to be part of that districting commission. And if that doesn't happen then it will go to the courts but there are other very contentious Topic east to allocate sixteen billion in federal cova nineteen relief funds. And that is going to be. I think you know the carrot and the stick at the same time to entice legislators to move forward and quickly and see if they can finish redistricting on the other priorities of the governor. Nancy last week houston city council discussed perennial budgetary challenge the voter instituted revenue. Cap that limits. What the city can spend year to year Council members discussed the idea of seeking a charter amendment to change that in twenty twenty three. Why specifically y y now and For twenty twenty three well. I think what's happened was the legislature post revenue cab across major cities and now that revenue cap is higher than the revenue cap. That houston is under so what they're going to try to do. Previously was thought that they could pass an amendment to change it even though our expenses keep going up but our and our numbers keep going up at our revenue. Cap is stuck And so i think what they're going to do is put a charter in twenty twenty three that will allow the revenue cap to be raised to match other major cities in state haradim. Some very much like the limitations. The revenue cap imposes on the city of houston. Would voters approve such an amendment if it ended up on the ballot. Well it's one of those issues right One of those issues in terms of voters wanna be Fiscal responsible to a certain extent. And they don't want governments in these as the city of houston to spend a of money and you know increase our debt ratio however running cds very expensive Pain good salaries to first responders to municipal workers to having you know the streets running smooth so on and so forth ease of very very very expensive endeavor so the city needs to have funds to look for money somehow and some were so the revenue cap provide some relief To the city as well but also he's going to start worrying Voters in terms of when he's gonna stop ride. When are you going to be a responsible manager to extend those are the questions that some voters will by the asking but however once again running a city the size of the houston east extremely extremely expensive and if we won services we need to pay for those services and i guess we should reinforce that Thanks to some federal funding. This is one of those problems. That won't necessarily be a huge issue this year or i guess next year but then once beyond that becomes a a real concern nancy. Sims is a political analyst lecturer in the university of houston's political science department where hirano cortina is an associate professor political science and associate editor. Excuse me associate director of the center for mexican american studies He is also the co host of news. Eighty seven's party politics program. Nancy haradim. Oh thank you very much. Thank you in and just ahead. How experiments launching into space today might benefit life. Here on earth. stay with us. Houston matters continues. this is houston matters. I'm craig cohen tonight. Weather permitting the inspiration. For crew of astronauts is scheduled to launch into space aboard a spacex rocket and become the first ever all civilian crew to orbit the earth. Launching with the four person team will be several experiments designed by a houston based research effort. That will study. Certain aspects of the astronauts health doctor emmanuel or eta is the chief scientists and medical officer for trish. That's the translational research institute for space health. He tells her own. Michael hagerty what the project will study and how it might benefit life for the rest of us here on the ground this wonderful guy and then we have been sending humans to space for six years right since nineteen nineteen sixty one dollars. Roughly fight around fifty going spacing. Those six years mostly have been Government or career astronauts from nasa and the agencies are there have been few billion flying space but this is the first all civilian non-government mission so the four of them have never gone to space. It's a completely civilian. capsule from commercial company from spacex. And this is really the new chapter of human spaceflight Absolutely a new era of of space so this opening in for general people like you. And i like in the future. We might be able to go to space so we are doing a four experiments on these. These individuals were very lucky to have them fully on board their boarding of their time on space to do this research efforts and we want to understand how the body changes in space. How the different systems in the human body Adapt and change as they're in space are gonna be doing three days of spaceflight around the earth. This is very similar to one of the first missions as we go back to the moon right. There's going to take about three or four days to go back to to the morning. Small like this. So we learn from these individuals To these early artemis missions in the twenty thousand four timeframe. So these for experiments that we're doing are funded by trish. What are performed by different institutions in the united states as i was telling you fund institutions in the research so very lucky because some of the best scientists in the world and our country to perform this research so one of them is looking at how their mindset how their psychology how their behavior changes in spaceflight in these unique environment. So they're going to be answering some surveys in. They're going to do some testing in an path so they can see how that different parameters from the facility Changes so that's that's one of the most We're doing unparallel wilshire. Doing a collection of biometric data reaching carter high rate changes how the temperature changes how their electric waves in the in the hard like ekg changes so we want to have multiple parameters so that we understand from a holistic perspective. how The entire body changes in space world wing. Some biometric testing where withering by this is how Checking a single. Drop of blood. Like you will do your thing getting glucose test in your house with shingle rep blood. We're getting some biomarkers when microsoft off inflammation markers of other changes in spaceflight and this is going to be in real time in spaceflight so normally here on earth you know he takes a while to to get the results than they need to take a lot of bluff so there's going to be a one of a kind testing there will be doing in real time in space in this very small environment giving blood drawn. But they're going to be be doing this getting some analysis back on themselves immediately. Absolutely this takes roughly ten minutes so right on having to wait weeks right. They are weeks to get your results. Slats shanley here on earth at least extend maintenance needs a single drop of blood so these this is one of those technologies that has You know full implications and fool applicability back to earth for people like you and i that don't go to space. The ultrasound ultrasound is that imaging quality that husband using space for for a long time. Because he doesn't have radiation it's a smaller footprint device so one of the devices that we're using miniaturized probe that you can actually gonna to your cell phone and these astronauts will be able to take images by themselves without having someone hearing houston guiding them on how to take this image so this will test how these people can do ultrasounds from the celtics. We're expecting to. These images will have the same quality as if they were from here north by a makeup professional and the last one. This is a very important one for artemis missions for when we go back to the morning is how the balance changes in space. You know these people are going to be launching into a zero gravity environment. so they're sensory motor. See stem that normally here in our theology worries front back left. And right than if you're jumping or you're coming back to to the ground all of these systems changing space right because there's no gravity so went to understand what we can do to better prepare them before they go to space. Or what can we do as a countermeasure a treatment so they don't get these changes as as big During space also been going to be doing these testing and post flight and they're also going to be lending in the water right. He's going to be a water landing splashdown and this is the same type of lending. We'll see when when we go back to the moon with with the orion Spacecraft so there's a lot of similarity for for these sexual missions as well imagine something like the the ultrasound and being able to or any other technology being able to perform some of this on themselves as is critical because they're they don't can't fly technician with them They're going to be doing them themselves. And who knows what. Medical issues might develop it especially on a long mission to mars or something like that where they're very far away and need to be able to do everything themselves absolutely and you touched a great great point michael when we go to these missions like mission to mars or any other planets that time delay communication is going to be so long roughly forty minutes and a mission to mars that you will not be able to do any telemedicine telehealth approaches like you do here on earth or even on the moon so they will have to diagnose themselves sheila treatment by themselves and really care of themselves without relying on any any sports or any communications from our so. These type of venues really allows us to to to test this technology. So that we're prepared for for these missions in the future and obviously they're going to be up for what three days What can you glean from that. I guess that that helps and form. Maybe the the much longer space missions when you're talking about months in space to somewhere like mars. What can you learn from something from a short flight. Like this thing is demonstrating that these capabilities of these technologies are successful on this type of missions. The small environment the isolation confinement it is going to be similar to the one that will she on a mission to mars. It's a very small vehicle and really being able to test technologies in a population. That doesn't have a lot of medical training. Will resemble having astronauts going to space without support from from right so testing. These in this environment is is absolutely applicable to those to these missions. That are very long very instant. So the benefit of doing some of these experiments with civilians then is that typically astronauts in the past for so long were part of the military so they would have all kinds of training. That might come from that in more recent decades. They often had backgrounds in in science fields on top if they weren't in the military So just sort of getting ordinary people to see how they can perform. The sort of thing is important. Because that's what we think. More of our future space explorers are gonna look like absolutely. And i think one of the key things here is that the civilians are planning to space are more like you and i ride. They don't have the the very stringent selection process that you would see on a on an astronaut that that works for nasa for the these agencies either highly highly screen. you know the Have a lot of medical conditions are as healthy as as they could be. You know they're for years to though these missions and these civilians flanked space they are more likely to have medical conditions brickley mako conditions before flying the space so these allows us to understand the extremes of of having a person that he's not as healthy as gordon astronauts linked to space. So we can. We can understand these cases and these will prepares for it for the unknown unknowns. Right which are the things that will get us in trouble when we when we go to the space and tomorrow as kid. I always wanted to be an astronaut. In growing up you saw the astronauts typically look like fighter pilots and at a buzz cut and can run marathons and that sort of thing and so man. I was just born a little too a little too early for boone. Been born a little later maybe Astronauts are starting to look like more like normal people these days. And we're getting there. We're absolutely getting there. And the the the the other very unique thing with these population is that these market is going to to increasing the next You know ten twenty years. So we're gonna see a large number of people flying into space. And like i was saying so far. There's been only five hundred fifty people or so in sixty years right so that's less than one hundred people per year on average and with these with these says civilians. Flying through space will have a large number of people going to space that he's more diverse. It's it's not you know. He's going to be hopefully a good ratio between males and females is going to be a large range of ages and medical condition. So these will really bring a lot of data into that field of space by michael research and in fact developing capability to to store all of these data from Not only Spacex but other commercial spaceflight providers so that we can store of these data into into a single database then we can have standardized data collection of these very unique population as we're about to see the the number of civilians in s- in space spike. Then we're gonna twofold need to know more about the effects of spaceflight on the human body but also have more opportunity you think than with some of these people them the greater numbers greater sample size for you to study. What happens to the human body absolutely and you know as we move into new areas of the scene and how to primarily seen personalized approaches and the machine learning and artificial intelligence and all these things Geneva a large number of of people into the databases so you can make informed on very accurate decision. So i think these these population will give us that. Pool of data disliked. Population will need to feed this debate next systems here in houston in general when you talk about space often used to hearing about the ancillary benefits. The things that came from the race to the moon in other space exploration. How might what we learn from these experiments with trish affect our understanding of human body and healthcare here on planet earth. I think that acknowledges that we're testing and the thing that will keep using these type of venues have absolute implications for for how the way provide healthcare nurse and i specifically populations that don't have access like you know huston. You and i were very lucky to have the largest medical center in the world right but other countries even isolated states nice learn read is here in the. Us don't have the same luxury so they have to go perhaps miles to go to see a general practitioner than if they need an ultrasound. They need to go. Maybe the next time. That is two hundred miles away from them. So these technologies really bring accessibility to people that. Do not have closeness to this type of medical centers. So i think that these these technology it's very far away right space. You have to fly three hundred fifty miles two hundred fifty miles to be there but those same technologies will bring healthcare closer to people that currently here do not have the same quality on the same level of of medical kerr s s people at least close to a large medical center. So i think they're going to be one of the people with most benefit from from this doctor. Emmanuel marketa is chief scientist and medical officer for the houston based research. Effort called trish. That's the translational research institute for space health. It designed a series of health related experiments on and with the inspiration for crew. The first ever all civilian space mission scheduled to launch. Tonight weather permitting. Dr erc yeta spoke with our own michael hegarty still to come. We chat with the director of a new documentary about the twenty eighteen. Santa fe high school shooting stick around is houston matters. Continues on may eighteenth. twenty eighteen. Ten people died thirteen more wounded and a school shooting at santa fe high school in galveston county though it was among the deadliest such incidents at a high school in. Us history documentary filmmaker. Charleen things there has been a lack of transparency about it About what exactly happened that day. That's what he explores in his new film. The kids of santa fe the largest unknown mass shooting charleston joins us now. Good morning sir. Good morning thank you for having me on absolutely In what ways do you believe. There has been a lack of transparency about this. We'll just across the board This story has been treated like someone stole the pack of gum. it's faded into oblivion. I think everyone in santa fe high school students should watch this film and revolt against our high school Yes that the killer is to blame but high school could've prevented this. The killer was allowed to wear trenchcoat for about a half a of for about half year. And that was against dress code policy. But he was never flagged The assistant principal had a chance to prevent this shooting as you saw the killer walking through the hallway that morning but instead of sending him to the principal's office he sent him on his way another teacher saw the killer in the hallway as well caught contacted the front office but the front office did not answer. So there's plenty of blame to go around here from the principal all the way down and again every santa fe high school student should watch this film to premiere cinemas in pearland and revolt against high school. Because this is absolutely unacceptable. We're children and educators. Were slaughtered at their own high school and The school has become a mockery joke. And something has to be done about this. We have no trial. We have no justice right now. People have to start talking about this. These are the kinds of questions concerns that that aren't too degree raised after every school shooting. Oh if we had followed this policy or if this person had acted in this way or or maybe if we had recognized this sign. Those are the kinds of things that every school does contemplate. Go through to degree. But you think this is a different scale or a different level. What i want. I really wanna go case by case here. I don't want to Attach this to the other school shootings. I i only wanna talk about santa fe at at this time and The high school did not protect their students. And i don't think they're protecting them to this day. We've done a lot of qna's with the audience so far at premiere cinemas imperilling and a lot of them feel that the students today remain unprotected. So words are cheap. We need action. We need results and what happened on. May eighteenth two thousand. Eighteen is absolutely unacceptable and Nobody has been really punished. What what steps did you take in developing this documentary to ensure that the finished product would would honor and respect the community that suffered this awful ordeal the families victims of this terrible act and the that it wouldn't exploit them in any way. Well i don't mention the killer's name once in the entire movie. I'm trying to start a movement where the media follows my lead and they stopped talking about the killer On every turn. Because i think talking about the killer all the time creates copycats some criminal movie watching the coverage of a mass shooting their living room saying. Oh wow that killers getting so much attention. I wanted to be the next billy. The kid or something like that. So one way we could draw minimize gun. Violence innocent people are being murdered is to stop mentioning the killer's name at all so you will not hear the killers game in my film. The movie is not graphic whatsoever. It's strictly informational one hundred percent informational and transparent And we also interview the autopsy technician who will tell you About the crime scene that she processed and the medical examiner's office was able to tell me. Exactly how many times. Each person was was hit. What part of their body. So all that is in the film. It's completely informational. You mentioned those two individuals who else do you interview for this film survivors family members of people that were shot I mean every this is a complete sweep of what happened on may eighteenth two thousand eighteen. This is a local tragedy everybody. A local tragedy were students and educators. Were slaughtered why this thing has faded into oblivion and and swept under the rug. You tell me craig. I wonder actually about whether or not you think to a degree. That while i mean we here in south texas have paid a great deal of attention to this shooting and its impact on the santa fe community. The fact that it happened the same year as the stoneman. Douglas high school shooting and the attention that that shooting and that community got That may be in a way. What happened in santa fe gets lost in national discourse about school shootings merely due to the proximity and timing while the major difference between the two tragedies and i actually did a movie about the parkway shooting a called inside buildings well when you watch that on amazon prime The reason why that got so much attention is because the that was a very anti gun movement by the students afterwards by the all all the activists and I give those kids credit for speaking up and we talk about this actually in this documentary Difference between bolt shootings in one guy detention. And why the other. One didn't in the santa fe case They are so progun that they didn't want to make it political so they basically kick the media out of that small community and did not want the media being so intrusive so that was the major difference between the the the two communities Parkland wanted to make a huge anti-gun thing which they did and in santa fe. They just wanted to hug it out and that was the difference between the two communities. You mentioned Screenings in at premiere cinemas in pearland wh when our listeners. See your film. If they're interested. Well yeah playing right now on. The movie got extended for another week because public support at all. The information is on the website. Kids have santa fe dot com and use the movies playing at premiere cinemas in parallel which is at fifty fifty broadway and i encourage everyone In galveston county harris county and especially the kids inside santa fe. High school who. I'm not even sure if they know about the documentary. I'm not even sure they know what happened. Inside those two art rooms to go on and watch the films so that they know what they're high school is doing to them. Charlie men is the director of the kids of santa fe the largest unknown mass shooting. Charlie men thank you very much. You welcome and that'll do it for today's show. The houston matters. Team includes michael hegarty. Joshua's zinn brenda ruis in troy schultz. David pitman's our technical director on tomorrow. Show michael hagerty will fill in for me. He'll preview a new limited series about muhammad ali including a look at a key connection houston had in the boxer and icons life. Also we welcome your questions about the birds. You see and hear around the houston area for richard gibbons conservation director for houston audubon. You can send your bird and burning questions and record some audio of bird. You wanted identified. Send now to talk at houston matters dot org or call in during the show. I'm craig cowan. 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