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After COVID-19 Hit The U.S., Our New Reality Started

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The U.S. hit a grim milestone on Wednesday — 100,000 people have died in this country from COVID-19. We reflect on this moment with three journalists in different regions of the country.


African Americans In Louisiana Are Dying At An Alarming Rate During Pandemic

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

In Louisiana, more than 500 people have died because of coronavirus complications. Seventy percent of the victims are black — even though African Americans make up a third of the population.


Coronavirus Hits Hard In The Crescent City

Saturday, March 21, 2020

In New Orleans, Bourbon Street is empty, shops on Magazine Street are closed and masses are canceled at Saint Louis Cathedral as confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise.


Louisiana's Chemical Corridor Is Expanding. So Are Efforts To Stop It

Friday, March 20, 2020

An industrial corridor in Louisiana is expanding again, fueled by the U.S. boom in natural gas. Residents worried about air pollution have launched new efforts to stop the factories.


New Gas And Chemical Facilities Crowd Louisiana's 'Cancer Alley'

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

An industrial corridor in Louisiana is expanding again, fueled by the boom in natural gas. Residents worried about air pollution have launched new efforts to stop the factories.


Storms, Rising Seas Threaten Louisiana's Unique Mix Of Cultures

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hurricane Barry last weekend was just the latest to batter Louisiana's coast. The state is trying to preserve some traditions before they disappear.


New Orleans Sues Big Oil

Friday, June 14, 2019

New Orleans is suing oil and gas companies to help it pay for flood protection. It's a major move against an industry that's key to the city's economy.


This Oil Spill Has Been Leaking Into The Gulf For 14 Years

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

In the Gulf of Mexico, an oil spill triggered by a powerful hurricane has been leaking for more than 14 years with no solution in sight. The federal government is stepping in to try and contain it.


14-Year Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico Could Go On For Decades

Monday, April 08, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that's been going on since 2004 when a hurricane toppled a rig owned by Taylor Energy, a New Orleans-based firm.


New Orleans Divided Over Airbnbs And City Goals

Monday, March 04, 2019

New Orleans has seen a boom of Airbnbs. What to do about it is dividing city residents and pitting two goals against each other: economic activity and preserving the culture of the city.


Episode 897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb

Thursday, February 28, 2019

New Orleans has become a battleground for Airbnb. Preservationists want to save the city. Landlords want to open it up. Can either win without destroying the other?


Coastal Labs Studying Increased Flooding Consider Moving Because Of Increased Flooding

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Scores of coastal research labs around the country are helping communities plan for sea level rise. But now many are starting to flood themselves.


New Orleans Pressured To Reconsider Permit For Power Plant Backed By Paid Actors

Saturday, May 12, 2018

In New Orleans, activists who spoke in favor of a proposed gas plant turned out to be paid actors. Environmentalists are calling on the city council to reconsider its approval of a plant permit.


New Orleans Is Trying To Avoid Pulling 40 Tons Of Mardi Gras Beads Out Of Drains

Monday, February 12, 2018

After workers pulled more than 40 tons of Mardi Gras beads out of New Orleans' storm drains, the city decided to take action.


Lack Of Funds Keeps Louisiana From Buying Out Coastal Residents

Friday, January 05, 2018

Louisiana admits it can't protect all its residents from increased flooding. But with no money to buy people out, many vulnerable residents are stuck, struggling to cope.


Louisiana Says Thousands Should Move From Vulnerable Coast, But Can't Pay Them

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The state is losing land faster than just about anywhere else in the world, but says it can't protect everyone from flooding. It created a program to buy out 2,400 homes, but it's not funded.


Louisiana Prepares For Harvey

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Louisiana is bracing for Tropical Storm Harvey's impact. Tensions are high in New Orleans, where the city's emergency pump system is still not fully working.


In New Orleans, State Of Emergency Continues After Heavy Flooding

Friday, August 11, 2017

A state of emergency remains in effect in New Orleans after heavy flooding last weekend. Storms inundated the city's drainage system, and the fallout has led to resignations and frustrations with a system that failed during Hurricane Katrina.


Army Corps Faces Mountain Of Mistrust In New Orleans' Ninth Ward

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Corps, which built the levees and floodwalls that failed during Hurricane Katrina, is back to propose a new infrastructure project. It's not going over well.


With Lee Statue's Removal, Another Battle Of New Orleans Comes To A Close

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Protests and court battles trailed the nearly two-year effort to get rid of the monuments. For the past month they've been acrimonious gathering places for those in favor and opposed to removal.