It took decades of tragedies and illnesses, and a trip to see UN officials, but a retired teacher in the small town of Norco, Louisiana persuaded Shell Oil to relocate the residents of her neighborhood away from a dangerous chemical plant. Now her example may help other local activists do the same.
During the 1950s and '60s, musicians living in the swamps of Louisiana grew tired of traditional music and turned to the sounds of rock 'n' roll. A mashup of the two created a new style called swamp pop, which is still alive in southwestern Louisiana today.
Louisiana’s rapidly sinking deltas threaten crucial oil, gas and fishing industries. Louisiana has an ambitious, expensive and first-of-its-kind plan to rebuild the region — but right now no one is willing to pay for it. What would be the cost of failure?
Because the word's origins are murky, it's difficult to know just how insulting calling someone a "coonass" used to be. Today, some Cajuns view the word as an ethnic slur, while others have embraced it as a badge of honor.
Hurricane Katrina was bad, but the future could be considerably worse, a new report says. "One of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation's history is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion, so far unabated and largely unnoticed."
The United States controls immense amounts of water, so why does most of the seafood you eat come from other countries? A new book looks at the many ways the American seafood industry is out whack — and how it might be fixed.
A movie-making doctor and a cinematographer have teamed up to help doctors and nurses improve their diagnoses. Using a Hollywood technique, they've made medical images more clear and accurate, meaning better care for patients.
In Moscow, Russians are crowding a new exhibit of photos from New Orleans, some taken by professionals, and many more snapped by regular residents and shared on social media. PRI's The World Host Marco Werman talks with the curator on why this exhibit, at this time.
Day 36: oil is still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. We talk with Sharon Schmalz, the executive director of Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education in Houston, Texas. She helps instruct volunteers on the proper way to clean an animal covered in oil.
Even though the Gulf oil spill hasn't directly hit New Orleans, it's hard not to think of the disaster in the context of the Hurricane that hit the same region five years ago. Douglas Brinkley says its residents are in a state of 'permanent stress.'
In a television, Tony Hayward apologized for the crisis. However, it may be too late to win public opinion. Davia Temin, CEO of Temin and Company, which specializes in crisis management for leading global corporations weighs in on BP's PR strategy.
The cleanup may bring a surge of temporary work, but residents of the Gulf Coast worry that the boom will be temporary at best. We talk to Johnny Glover, who runs a fishing lodge, and to Dean Blanchard, a seafood distributor.
We speak with Ewell Smith, executive director of the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, about efforts to convince consumers of Louisiana's seafood's safety. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports on how seafood buyers and sellers have been impacted.
Now that we've seen him in commercials, it's time to get to know him better. BP Vice President of Resources Darryl Willis joins the program to tell us about BP's latest efforts from the company's perspective, and his unenviable new position.
Just when it seemed like the catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico couldn't get any worse, hurricane season has officially begun. The tropical storm called Alex has been upgraded to a hurricane and is expected to make landfall in the next 24 hours.
110 mph winds are ripping through Brownsville, Texas, sending some residents fleeing while others prepare storm shelters. We speak with Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada, who is confident his town will weather the storm.