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Episode Info: First up on today's show: an overview of Irma's disastrous weekend course as a massive and deadly hurricane that lashed the entire state of Florida, as it continues wreaking havoc in that state as well as Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and elsewhere as a dangerous tropical storm. That storm has playing out on the heels of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, along with a number of other simultaneous and ongoing natural disasters. So naturally, Donald Trump over the weekend called for "speeding up" massive tax cuts that he and Republicans have been long promising. But if taxes are slashed, who and what is going to pay for the record disaster relief funding that will now be needed, not to mention the infrastructure upgrades that are long overdue in storm areas and across the U.S. -- particularly as we face a quickly climate-changing world? We're joined today for a fascinating interview with Dr. Scott Knowles, author and disaster historian (who knew there was such a thing?), at Drexel University's Center for Science, Technology and Society, to put the one-two punch of Harvey and Irma into historical perspective, discuss what lessons must be learned from these two record storms, what lessons we should have learned long ago and, frankly, why it is that we haven't learned them by now, given what once was a robust government effort at disaster research and infrastructure management in the U.S....Read more ยป

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