Catastrophe, Creativity, And Renewal

Hour 1: This hour, we’ll lead off with a special live update from KERA’s Courtney Collins who’s on the ground in West, Texas after an explosion at a fertilizer plant that, according to authorities, may have killed between five and fifteen people and injured more than 160 others.

In light of senseless attacks like the Boston Marathon bombings and the still largely unexplained explosion here in Texas, we’ll also delve into the concept of community resiliency with Thomas Homer-Dixon this hour. He’s a security and energy expert and author of “The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization” (Island Press, 2008). He’ll speak at Friday’s Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture conference “What Makes a Resilient City?” Find more info here.