John Mutter on the low death toll after Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Rita Might Have Been More Deadly Than Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Rita Might Have Been More Deadly Than Hurricane Harvey

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 7 2017 4:59 PM

Three Cheers for Houston

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

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First responders during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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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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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.