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When Climate Change Makes You Sell Your House

How a mandatory buyout program in Harris County is upending a decades-old community.


Episode Notes

With disaster relief funds from Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s Harris County instituted a mandatory buyout program for residents in flood-prone areas. But some residents didn’t want to leave.

Guest: Amal Ahmed, Dolores Mendoza

Host: Mary C. Curtis


About the Show

Every Friday and Sunday, Slate’s popular daily news podcast What Next brings you TBD, a clear-eyed look into the future. From fake news to fake meat, algorithms to augmented reality, Lizzie O’Leary is your guide to the tech industry and the world it’s creating for us to live in.

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  • Lizzie O’Leary is the host of What Next: TBD, Slate’s show about technology, power, and the future. Previously, she created and hosted Marketplace Weekend. She has reported for CNN, Bloomberg News, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. She is also a contributing writer at the Atlantic.

  • Mary C. Curtis is a columnist at Roll Call and host of its Equal Time podcast.