A wave of migrants from the Mediterranean meets a hostile reception from many Americans. The migrants are seen as alien in religion, culture, politics, law. So different in fact that some Americans argue that they can never be assimilated. They are the Italians, in the 1890s.
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.
Five years ago, the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster caused billions of dollars in economic and environmental damages to the Gulf region. Civil and criminal lawsuits have kept BP in court for years. Now an agreement might bring relief for those government agencies seeking fines and compensation. But is it enough?
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.
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).
PRI's The World host Marco Werman is in the middle of a two-week, cross-country writing residency aboard Amtrak trains. His first stop was in New Orleans, where he heard about the death of famed trumpet player Travis "Trumpet Black" Hill and was reminded of how Japan and New Orleans are linked by a love of jazz
It looks like the Gulf of Mexico has averted a major ecological disaster after an oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday night. A large fire caused the rig to sink and officials worried that crude oil could seep into the water.
Last week's oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico has resulted in a steady flow of leaking crude oil that could threaten coastal areas, wildlife, and marine life. We look at the technologies used to combat this enormous oil slick.
The Gulf Coast is one of the world's richest seafood grounds, teeming with shrimp, oysters and other marine life. With the river of oil gushing into the Gulf, commercial fishermen are bracing for the worst.
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is slowly moving toward the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. If it moves into the Gulf Stream, the oil could potentially loop around the southern tip of Florida and head up the eastern seaboard.
With the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico dominating news headlines, some families are reacting by turning off the TV. But other families have instead chosen to respond by signing up to volunteer, as a family.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar warned that it could take up to 90 days before solving the oil rig leak off the coast of Louisiana. We talk to a business professor and a seafood wholesaler about how the spill affects the region's fishing industry.
The latest plan to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf is to lower a 100-ton steel container box over the top of the gushing oil rig. Unfortunately, technology to contain and clean up after oil spills has not evolved much over the decades.
For a first-hand view of the beaches of Louisiana we're joined by Jay Holcomb, director of the International Bird Rescue Research Center. Also, Michael Fry an oil toxicologist at the American Bird Conservancy in Washington, D.C.