The Gist

Three Cheers for Houston

Natural disaster experts are marveling at the low death toll in southeast Texas. What accounts for it?

First responders during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Staff Sgt. Tim Pruitt/Texas National Guard/Flickr

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Hurricane Harvey has caused a huge amount of property damage, but so far the death toll remains remarkably low. Why? Mike talks to John Mutter, a Columbia University professor who studies how natural disasters affect the poor. Mutter is the author of The Disaster Profiteers.

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