Houston P. A. hosted by Laurent

Houston P. A. hosted by Laurent

Houston P.A. is a weekly program of conversation hosted by Laurent Fouilloud-Buyat (just call him Laurent, pronounced low-ront). Each week, Laurent invites you to meet the people who make Houston unique: the museum curators, scientists, writers, dancers, musicians, civil servants, the neighbor who used to be an alcoholic but is now in recovery, and the one who has donated two gallons of blood in his lifetime ... they're on Houston Public Affairs, the show about the people of Houston.

Episodes

November 20, 2021 30 min
Walter Ulrich is the CEO of Medical Bridges and he has vivid stories to tell of operating a non-profit dedicated to exporting medical care to the poorest corners of our planet during a pandemic. He starkly contrasts the challenges of operating in a pandemic versus in normal times. The troubles in our shipping supply chain is literally preventing Medical Bridges from saving lives.
Because the USA's medical community generates ne...
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Sean Maher is the co-chair for Sleep Out: Executive Edition for Covenant House Texas. He is also a Partner RCH Energy and is the demonstration of how citizens can help their community. The Covenant House Sleep Out Executive Edition is an international movement of individuals sleep outside in the same conditions as the homeless so participants can raise funds and awareness for homeless youths. Sean tells us how his first experience ...
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Maisha Colter is the CEO for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA). She brings a message of hope during the immense surge in crime that has come with the pandemic and the lock downs (domestic abuse is up %40 in the Houston area) but help is available. No one deserves to be abused and we can know the signs – especially isolation. Through education we are able to help each other. However, it will come down to the victim to decide t...
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Sargent David Miller of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office tells us about the 5th Annual Sharing is Caring Food Drive on October 30th. He founded this food drive which has been a great success. It benefits Mission Northeast which offers job training, adult GED and ESL classes onsite, Thanksgiving and Christmas distributions, monthly home delivery of food and other assistance for senior and disabled persons and much more.
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Every day, hundreds of inmates are released from prison in Houston. They often have no place to go, only the clothes on their backs, and $100 to their names. The pandemic made this re-entry into free life even more challenging, which is when services like CrossWalk Center step in to help. They help returning citizens rebuild their lives by giving them the tools to break the cycle of recidivism. They get help finding a home and job ...
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Tama Lundquist and Tena Lundquist Faust are co-presidents of Houston Petset. They advocate for Animals and their right to live free from cruelty. It's a big problem in Houston where stray dogs are the number one cause for people to call the police. There are so many neighborhoods in our city where people can't get to the bus station, kids can't play in the street, all because stray dogs make it too dangerous. We are not...
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There are over 1 billion people who need eye care and OneSight is building vision centers around the world to help them. They have built permanent, sustainable clinics which train and employ locals in countries like The Gambia, Rwanda, South Africa, China, Vietnam and many more . The result is that the solution becomes locals helping their own neighbors. OneSight also sends technicians and doctors all over the world with all the te...
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The Gary Sinise Foundation, founded by the famous actor, helps our veterans and first responders with a variety of great programs that will give you hope! As America remembers its heroes of 9/11, I tell you how one of them was Betty Ong. Before she died, Betty Ong showed uncommon courage. She helped authorities identify the terrorists who murdered her and the rest of the passengers on her plane. She is a representation of the very ...
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Tom Hardwick is a consulting curator of Egyptology for the Houston Museum of Natural Science where they're world-premiering "Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs" opening on November 20, along with a newly renovated Hall of Ancient Egypt. Tom spends a lot of his time in Cairo and we talk about what it's like arranging big installations like this one. This is a major new event from the HMNS since after premi...
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The Galveston Bay Foundation started an oyster shell recycling program to repair and preserve Galveston Island's oyster shell reef. They've harnessed the help of seafood restaurants to pick up their used oyster shell and clean them up (in the sun). Then, once they are clean, oyster shells are returned to the bay to replenish the reef. www.galvbay.org
Training service dogs and the amazing things they can do for their owners:...
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Jeffrey Campbell is the chief program officer for AIDS Foundation Houston. They just launched START Now, their rapid start anti-retroviral treatment project. It's designed to link people diagnosed with HIV to the right care and treatment medication within 7 days of diagnosis. It's an ambitious program they launched in the middle of the pandemic and their goal is none other than ending the HIV epidemic in greater Houston. W...
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Oli Mohammed is the founder and executive director of The Houston Furniture Bank. They are celebrating 29 years of service and despite the pandemic, they opened a new store in the Woodlands. It is estimated that 300,000 children in Houston are sleeping on the floor or sharing a bed. We feel the main problem is awareness, even amongst our political class. Oli explains how their program Adopt a Family is a way to help the poorest amo...
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John Bartlett is The Children's Museum of Houston's science educator a.k.a. "Lead Geek” and he has a thing for meteorology. We therefore talk about the incredible weather system we live under and we talk about reopening the Children's Museum of Houston so kids can have some fun learning a ton of stuff at one of the safest and coolest places in town. Flow Works is flowing, the big tower can be climbed and all the sci...
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Doug Suggitt is the executive director of the Periwinkle Foundation which supports children suffering from cancer. They organized medically responsible camps so children fighting cancer can get out, lift their moral and have a bit of a normal life. Periwinkle works with Texas Children's Hospital and they also support siblings and parents who are also going through a traumatic experience. We discuss the tremendous and positive e...
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Barry Ward is the executive director of Trees For Houston. They've been giving trees away to Houstonians since 1983 – for free! All you have to do is go to their website and they'll help you get the right tree for your property and they'll even help you with planting and care. The idea is simple: native species of trees are resilient, shade-giving guardians. We discuss how they're great for water retention and absor...
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Cissy Segall Davis is the managing director Miller Outdoor Theatre. They're online at www.milleroutdoortheatre.com and you need to see the list of awesome acts they're welcoming back to the stage. After being closed for the pandemic, The Miller is bringing back free shows (all Miller shows are always free) including: The Houston Symphony, Bobby Rush, The Ernest Walker Band, Fly Dance Company and the Houston Shakespeare Fest...
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The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is in need of blood donation and I explain why it's all right to give after getting the vaccine – it's safe for everyone and you should do it. If you've been sick, I explain why your plasma can be life-saving. www.giveblood.org
We have an animal population control problem in Houston and Houston PetSet has established Pet Transports to the Mid-West where animal shelters are empty. Our...
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Walter Ulrich is the CEO of Medical Bridges, an organization which distributes medical surplus material to crisis-stricken places around the world – or in the US when a pandemic hits. They're like a strike team sending invaluable help in the form of medical equipment and supplies and sometimes, technicians and doctors. They also accept individual donations. You can donate wheelchairs, beds or dialysis machines. All equipment is...
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Jacque Daughtry is the executive director of Literacy Now. She explains that school closures have caused children to fall behind academically, especially very young children. It's like they've had a year-long "summer slide". Literacy Now helps little kids catch up on their reading level. They hire teachers to tutor very small groups so that each child can get personal attention. They also work with parents, recogniz...
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Becky Lao is the Executive Director at Archaeology Now. We discuss the connection between Egyptology and Agatha Christie (whose husband was an archaeologist). They are having a talk with an Egyptologist beamed in from Cairo in May and you can go to their website to watch it from any device for free. They also have tiny lectures on Youtube that make for quick bites of history. They also have real eats with their "Culinary Advent...
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