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.... Show More

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March 12, 2020 30 min
Bob Stokes is the president of the Galveston Bay Foundation and Haille Leija is their Habitat Restauration manager. The first Annual Houston Oyster Festival is on April 4. It'll be a day of great Texas seafood, and an opportunity to learn about restoring our oyster reefs and how crucial it is to good conservancy in the Galveston area. A single oyster will filter 50 GALLONS of water per day! They are crucial to keeping our gulf...
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Julius Young is the new chairman of the board of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and Will Leven is a member of the board of directors of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and he serves on the Executive Committee and Chairs the Development Committee. Their Org is extremely successful in providing after school programs for kids of all background. Their sporting and fun activities they are famous for (the major sport...
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Lauren Bair is the marketing coordinator for Child Advocates and Kelly St. Mary is the sponsorship director for the 32nd McDonald's Houston Children’s Festival which is happening on April 4 & 5. They're closing down several blocks of Downtown Houston for the biggest festival of its kind in this country. It all benefits Child Advocates who train mentors to help youths going through our court system.
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Elizabeth Kennedy is the director of development for the University Libraries at the University of Houston. They are creating Open Educational Resources (OER), teaching and learning resources – aka textbooks – that are published in the public domain. This means that anyone can freely use and re-purpose them. When a single textbooks can cost more than $120 and amount to over $1000 of necessary purchases for college students, many ar...
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Genevieve Keeney is the president of The National Museum of Funeral History. She used to be a medic in the US Army and she is now a licensed mortician specializing in education. The National Museum of Funeral History is opening a new exhibit honoring George H.W. Bush on President's Day. There's a lot that goes into organizing a series of national funerals and we learn about the army of people it takes and why we feel compel...
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January 30, 2020 29 min
Christine Holland is the CEO & executive director of Rebuilding Together Houston. By repairing homes, they revitalize communities like the Second Ward where they are currently concentrating a lot of their efforts. Most of the work done on houses is by volunteers and you should sign up to help seal the outside of a house or help install safety features. They'll train volunteers and those are two of the kinds of easy-to learn...
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January 24, 2020 30 min
Cristina Cave is the community relations manager for BakerRipley and she's back to talk about FREE tax preparation services. They've helped over 320,000 households with this awesome program. People qualify if they declare less than $58,000 in yearly income and they'll get top-quality, professional tax preparation advice from certified tax preparers. Cristina also cautions against signing loans against future refunds. Th...
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Cristina Vetrano is the president and CEO of CanCare, and organization which provides a support group for people fighting cancer (and their caregivers). Megan Vondra is one of their volunteers. She beat Hodgkin's lymphoma which gives her the most powerful tool to help someone going through the same ordeal: she knows just about everything they're going through. Cancare volunteers are like sounding boards and psychologist for...
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January 10, 2020 30 min
Kevin Doffing is the chief operating officer of Combined Arms. They are a once stop shop for veterans transitioning from military to civilian life. They can help find employment and access other social services such as mental health. They're also going to be reopening their facility, including their super gym that is open for free to all veterans. It's all possible thanks to their partnerships with organizations like Goodwi...
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Dirk Van Tuerenhout is the Curator of Anthropology for the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Their new exhibit Stonehenge: Ancient Mysteries and Modern Discoveries presents over 200 artifacts from Great Britain, most of which have never left the Isles. There is also a massive touchscreen table where visitors can do their own research. The stones which are over 5000 years old, are still a mystery. Dirk explores some of the possible...
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Tama Lundquist and Tena Lundquist Faust are co-presidents of Houston Petset. For the second survey in a row, the UTHealth School of Public Health's "Health of Houston Survey" reported that stray animals were the top concern of respondents, outranking crime among other issues. Houston Petset has a "Report Cruelty" link which allows citizens to report any animal they think is being mistreated. They have investigat...
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Danni Dancer is the social studies educator at for the Children's Museum of Houston and Alleigh Stewart is their life science educator. They have a snow machine and that means that every Houstonian can find out what it's like to walk in it, throw it around and marvel at mother nature. That's the Children's Museum is all about. It's one of the best Holliday destinations for kids and parents. We talk about how vas...
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November 29, 2019 30 min
John Huckaby is the CEO of AIDS Foundation Houston. They are celebrating World AIDS Day with a luncheon Friday, December 6th and it gives us the opportunity to discuss the state of HIV awareness. The organization has many outreach programs, including one for homeless women. They were able to shelter and serve nearly 300 children and adults in 2018, getting them off the streets and into stable living environments. They also hold Cam...
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November 23, 2019 29 min
Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga is the CEO of the Holocaust Museum Houston. They just opened the beautiful Mady and Ken Kades Stage inside the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater. It's a part of a major reinvention of the museum that includes a complete translation of the exhibits into Spanish. This is a symbol of the museum's purpose: to make the lessons of propaganda and totalitarianism accessible to as many people as possible. They&#...
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The Nacogdoches Junior Forum’s Holiday in the Pines is their big annual fundraiser which allows the Organization to fund all of its scholarship programs. Katie Rudisill is the Holiday in the Pines Publicity Chair and Carlie Allen is a Holiday in the Pines Chair. They describe the big Holliday market which includes vendors from Houston.
In addition to funding scholarships, Nacogdoches Junior Forum offers grants to other non-profits l...
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November 8, 2019 30 min
Steve Lufburrow is the president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Houston and with him is Jim Freeze, their vice president of donated goods retail. Goodwill has partnered up with Combined Arms to serve veterans and since Jim served with the US Army in Iraq (2 tours), we spend some times hearing about his experience and then we discuss why sometimes being a veteran is a barrier to employment. Goodwill is making sure veterans get th...
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October 24, 2019 29 min
Dr. Stephen Nesbit is the chief medical officer of HCA Houston Healthcare. The company has spent over $2 Billion on philanthropic causes and they're putting their experts behind Crush the Crisis – Opioid Take Back Days. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The majority are abusing legally distributed prescription drugs like those &...
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Allison Rosen is the lead project coordinator for Baylor College of Medicine in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Dr. Milena Gould-Suarez is an Associate professor at the Baylor college of medicine in gastro ontology. Allison is a colon cancer survivor and she shares her story to inspire young people to get a colonoscopy starting at age 45. Early detection is key and Dr. Gould-Suarez explains what some of the known c...
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September 27, 2019 30 min
Dr. Aisha Siddiqui is the Founder of CHAT - Culture of Health - Advancing Together. She has a PhD in Management policy and community health practice and founded CHAT in the Gulfton area of Houston to help refugees and immigrants become American citizens. Last year, they inaugurated the beautiful Gulfton Story Trail to showcase and inspire the community's pride in our multicultural city. CHAT operates after school homework works...
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September 20, 2019 30 min
Ellen Elam is a Komen Houston Board member and Khambrel Marshall is a member of the KPRC2 Severe Weather Team. They are also this year’s race co-chairs. The 2019 Komen Houston Race for the Cure against breast cancer is on Saturday, October 5 and 75% of funds raised will stay in the Greater Houston area to fund breast health screenings and support groups for people going through treatment. The rest is sent to Komen's national of...
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