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April 20, 2011

The Spill - One Year Ago

THE SPILL - ONE YEAR AGO

Last April, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and spewed 4.9 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. We listen to a range of voices today, from the trouble shooter in charge to the watermen. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen is the man who gave daily reports on the many attempts to stop the leak. And for about 4 months last spring and summer he wasn’t just reporting the news of the spill: he was the news.

IT DON’T LOOK GOOD

Byron Encalade is the president of the Louisiana Oystermen Association. Both he and his brother Stanley Encalade were counting on big hauls from their oysters beds ... just before the well blew. Now they see a way of life in danger.

THIS IS MY WORLD

Darla and Todd Rooks own the Cajun Queen. Darla is the Captain, her husband Todd the deck hand. They both grew up in the Louisiana Delta and shrimp for a living. They are still finding oil in the marshes.

We received help and photos from producers Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman who reported the stories for Louisiana Public Broadcasting and KRVS in Lafayette, La.

RAISING RENEE

There’s a new documentary film out called Raising Renee. It’s the story of the artist Beverly McIver’s decision, after her mother’s death, to raise her developmentally disabled sister Renee. Caring for Renee changed Beverly’s life, and her art.

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