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Can a Highway Be Racist?

Why federal civil rights investigators are looking into a Texas highway project.

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Houston residents and elected officials are trying to stop the largest urban highway project of their lifetimes—one that would clear out more than 1,000 homes in primarily Black and Latino neighborhoods and, they say, introduce additional flooding and health risks. Now, residents have a powerful new ally in Washington: the Biden administration. The fate of I-45 may tell us something about what 21st-century infrastructure will look like.

Guests: Tomaro Bell, Houston resident and community leader, and Oni Blair, executive director of Link Houston.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Carmel Delshad, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz.

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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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