Louisiana

Global Politics

Aha Moment: Gentleman's Agreement

Susan Evans grew up in Louisiana during the 1950s-60s. Her first year of high school was the first year of enforced integration. Years later she was able to confront her family's racism. She was inspired by Elia Kazan's film Gentleman's Agreement.

The Human Costs of Coal and Oil

One year ago this month twin disasters struck America’s energy producing regions. Forty men died in West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch Coal Mine and on the Deepwater Horizon oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico. Family members share their stories of loved ones lost, and reveal the price of energy that doesn’t show up on ledger sheets.

LOE Retrospective/ Cancer Alley

To commemorate our 20th anniversary, Living on Earth is digging back into our archives to revisit some of our first shows. This week, we travel down to the lower Mississippi River in Louisiana, an area that over a hundred petrochemical plants, and many African Americans call home.

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Environment

The aftermath of tropical storm Lee

Tropical Storm Lee caused torrential downpours across the region and flooding in some low lying communities, such as the town of Jean Lafitte, where mandatory evacuations were in place and the waters rose high.