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Play Button  full show - Full Program
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Play Button  extra - Is Louisiana another Alaska? - Aaron Viles, with the Gulf Restoration Network, a coordination of representatives from various conservation organizations across the Gulf of Mexico, touches on his concerns regarding the oil spill and Louisiana fisheries.
Play Button  extra - A "troubling" government response - Aaron Viles, with the Gulf Restoration Network, a coordination of representatives from various conservation organizations across the Gulf of Mexico, says the response he has seen from the government following the oil spill was troubling.
Play Button  extra - Dispersant Uncertainty - Ralph Portier, Ph.D, an aquatic and marine toxicologist with LSU, voices his concerns about the use of dispersants to combat the oil spill.
Play Button  extra - Overlooked Oil - Ralph Portier, Ph.D, an aquatic and marine toxicologist with LSU, gives his opinion on amount of oil remaining.
Play Button  extra - "...the spill is not over." - Ralph Portier, Ph.D, an aquatic and marine toxicologist with LSU, touches on the legacy of the oil spill.

08/10 - Crisis in the Gulf: The Oil Spill and Louisiana

What is the impact of the oil spill on the landscape and livelihood of the people of Louisiana?

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing eleven workers and setting into motion one of the nation’s worst environmental accidents. By May, Louisiana had a “crude awakening” as heavy oil began washing into its marshland. Three months and 4.9 million barrels later, the well has been capped but the amount of oil that remains in the Gulf equals nearly five times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez, posing unknown risks to the environment and fisheries. State business groups and political leaders say that the federal ban on deepwater drilling imposed in response to the spill is crippling the oil and gas industry and costing thousands of jobs. And while BP has paid out nearly $300 million, more than 100,000 people are still waiting to hear about their claims.

Louisiana Public Square travels to Buras – the “Gateway to the Gulf” - to explore the impact of the oil spill on the landscape and livelihood of its people. Join residents, government officials, environmental authorities and wildlife and fisheries experts as they discuss the response and the ramifications to our state of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Watch “Crisis in the Gulf: The Oil Spill and Louisiana” airing statewide, Wednesday, August 25th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

For the most up-to-date oil spill information visit http://www.lpb.org/oilspill

CLAIMS INFORMATION:

Beginning August 23, 2010, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility began handling of all oil spill related claims.

For information on how to file an oil spill related claim, visit http://www.gulfcoastclaimsfacility.com

Transcript of Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator, Kenneth Feinberg explaining the new claims process.



PBS NEWSHOUR:

Tom Bearden posted on "The Rundown"

At Louisiana Forum, Questions on Oil Spill's Long-Term Impact



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This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

I think tonight’s Public Square on the oil spill was one of the best yet. Great guests, great questions, great video, great moderating. Save that one for the archives and put it in the
“good” pile. 

Miriam Davey

Posted by Miriam Davey  on  09/14  at  02:38 PM

The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort. 
As far as I’m concerned, BP is responsible for this horrific disaster, and we will hold them fully accountable on behalf of the United States as well as the people and communities victimized by this tragedy. 
We will demand that they pay every dime they owe for the damage they’ve done and the painful losses that they’ve caused.  And we will continue to take full advantage of the unique technology and expertise they have to help stop this leak.

Posted by pedro  on  11/09  at  11:15 AM
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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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