Louisiana

Environment

New Orleans is still vulnerable to another big storm

Even though Hurricane Katrina was weaker than previous hurricanes that had hit New Orleans, the storm inundated parts of the city and displaced thousands of people, many of them permanently. And according to at least one prominent scientist, the disaster was almost entirely preventable. Not only that, the city is still vulnerable to another big storm.

Environment

The $50 billion plan to save Louisiana's wetlands

The state of Louisiana is disappearing at an incredible rate, and its sinking deltas threaten some of the nation's crucial oil, gas and fisheries industries. But Louisiana has a “Hail Mary” plan to save it. Industry and government have created an unprecedented plan to save and rebuild these wetlands over the next 50 years — and say failure is not an option.

Culture

Here's how they're keeping French alive in Louisiana

Updated

Allons! We head down to the bayous to explore the language, culture, and music of French-speaking Louisiana. From one tiny town determined to keep heritage French alive to an elementary using language to bridge race and class divides. And of course a little lagniappe (something extra).

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