Late this spring I responded to a call for pitches from a new podcast that examines how the legal system intertwines with our everyday lives. The producer was intrigued by my description of the issues facing the Vietnamese community on the Gulf Coast related to the BP oil spill and its aftermath. This piece is the result. The amazing sound design was done by Kaitlin Prest. Julia Barton offered exquisite editing assistance, and numerous people from the New Orleans area helped me find the interviews for this story. Special thanks go to Daniel Nguyen and Grace Scire.
This is a story I did for Marketplace. It aired on the evening show October 9th. According to Realty Trac, Florida currently has the second highest foreclosure rate in the country. But advocates in Louisiana and Mississippi say rising insurance rates are pushing up foreclosures on other parts of the Gulf Coast.
Louisiana is losing land faster than any place on Earth, but the economic realities of international trade are bringing pressure onto officials to compromise on the location of a critical sediment diversion. The diversion would be the first specifically planned to move sediment from the Mississippi River into the surrounding wetlands, recreating the natural flooding process that built the river delta. The Lens generously allowed me to research and write this story for them. You can read it here.
This is a piece that I began working on in early March after a forum on public education and parent involvement organized by New America Media. I’m very grateful to all the people who provided information and insight for this article.
Last fall, my friend, Ben Varadi, told me about this monthly music and education event for the hip-hop community in New Orleans. This winter I went to one of the events organized by Wild Wayne and Sess Four-Five. The result is this story that aired on the Marketplace Morning Report in April. The segment starts at about 4:35 into the show.
The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans held a rally last week in front of Ben Franklin High School to protest the lack of free transportation for students coming from the East. I covered the event for The Louisiana Weekly.