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From the Shores of Louisiana -- Crane Rescue

From the Shores of Louisiana -- Crane Rescue Jul 27th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Barataria Bay, Louisiana – 6:50 a.m.: We'd been on the water for more than two hours already and had seen a particularly haunting sunrise thanks to a partial lunar eclipse by the time we reached the edge of Cat Island. Marsh grass covers the muddy island, located about fifteen miles west of Sulphur Grove in Plaquemine Parish. The island is nearly identical to a couple hundred other...

The animals that helped win World War Two

The animals that helped win World War Two Jul 20th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Animals have always been used in war, but historians tend to dismiss them as living equipment and say little about their experiences. A new exhibition at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans seeks to right that imbalance by focusing on the war effort of animals on both sides of the conflict. Loyal Forces: Animals in WWII features life-sized mannequins of horses and mules with...

From the shores of Louisiana: a peek inside of the oil industry

From the shores of Louisiana: a peek inside of the oil industry Jul 20th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Morgan City, Louisiana – Driving old Highway 90 paralleling the Gulf Coast under a vast, super-heated blue sky filled with cumulus it's almost possible to forget the horror that continues to seethe beneath the nearby sea. But the manmade scenery that lines the road – warehouse buildings, one after another, parking lots filled with pick-up trucks and SUVs -- brings me right back...

From the Shores of Louisiana: Jon takes to the road

Jul 16th, 2010 at 5:00PM: From the Shores of Louisiana: Jon Bowermaster from gadling on Vimeo. Lafayette, Louisiana -- It's a steamy, early-summer day in Southern Louisiana – expecting the "heat index" to top out today around 108 degrees F! – but it's good to be back on the ground here. I've been coming every few months for the past two years, producing a documentary film, and it's started to feel like a...

From the Shores of Louisiana: A letter from a Louisiana fisherman

From the Shores of Louisiana: A letter from a Louisiana fisherman Jul 15th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Among the many I've met and worked with in southern Louisiana (SoLa) these past two years, making a film about the relationship between man and the sea, no couple has impressed me more than Tracy Kuhns and Michael Roberts. Committed to family, community, and the environmental concerns of them all, they share many hats: Both work as the Louisiana Bayoukeepers. Mike is a fulltime fisherman and...

Woman dies after falling out of roller coaster in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Woman dies after falling out of roller coaster in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Jul 12th, 2010 at 10:00AM: A 21-year-old Lafayette, Louisiana, woman has died after an accident at Dixie Landin' amusement park in Baton Rouge. Witnesses said Lindsay Zeno fell about 30 feet from the Xtreme roller coaster at the park late Sunday afternoon. State fire officials, who are charged with regulating the park, have said that there were no obvious mechanical failures on the ride. The ride passed its last state...

From the shores of Louisiana: What fuels energy change?

From the shores of Louisiana: What fuels energy change? Jul 10th, 2010 at 10:00AM: Born in the Natal province of South Africa, Ivor van Heerden has been an adopted Louisianan for more than thirty years. During his years here he's been head of the state's coastal restoration program, on the staff at LSU, co-director of the state's hurricane center and a head of Team Louisiana, which investigated the hows and whys of the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina. Also along the...

From the shores of Louisiana -- A conversation with Paul Templet

From the shores of Louisiana -- A conversation with Paul Templet Jul 8th, 2010 at 8:30AM: Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Standing in the heart of the bucolic, green LSU campus, where Paul Templet taught environmental science for more than twenty years, it's hard to imagine that the worst ecologic disaster perhaps ever is ongoing just a couple hours away. It's from this landmark that he took a leave of absence in the 1980s to run, for four years, the state's Department of Environmental...

From the shores of Louisiana: The oil spill's effect on fishing

From the shores of Louisiana: The oil spill's effect on fishing Jul 6th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Barataria, Louisiana – It is the perfect blue-sky, humidity-less spring day in bayou country that makes you feel like everything should be all right in the world. The intercoastal waterway leading to the Gulf of Mexico is calm, the canals that host fishing boats behind each neat suburban home reflect the midday sun and a cool breeze washes away extraneous sounds and smells. But...

Top Fourth of July fireworks spots across the US

Top Fourth of July fireworks spots across the US Jul 2nd, 2010 at 1:30PM: Here are ten of the biggest and best (as well as some smaller and more regionally or otherwise distinctive) fireworks displays to anticipate this Fourth of July across the United States. And even if you can't be in ten places across a continent in a single day (you can't? weird!) these spots might just provide a good reference list for your next decade of Fourth of July vacation planning. ...

From the shores of Louisiana: Inside the Atchafalaya water basin

From the shores of Louisiana: Inside the Atchafalaya water basin Jun 23rd, 2010 at 10:00AM: Dean Wilson guns the outboard engine on his snub-nosed, 17-foot aluminum bateaux through thick water hyacinth. We are in the heart of the 1.4 million acre Atchafalaya water basin which is both his backyard and his preserve – he is its formal "keeper" – when I ask if he has ever in 20 years gotten lost in this maze of narrow channels and floating forests: "Not lost, but one time...

From the shores of Louisiana: through the eyes of an environmental chemist

From the shores of Louisiana: through the eyes of an environmental chemist Jun 21st, 2010 at 10:00AM: New Iberia, Louisiana -- Traveling around southern Louisiana with Wilma Subra can be both enlightening and depressing. A chemist by training and environmental activist by choice, on every corner, at every railroad crossing, each empty lot and even in the air she sees – rightfully! – either a toxic wasteland or one on the verge. Better than anyone in the state she understands the...

From the shores of Louisiana: The Louisiana Environmental Action Network

From the shores of Louisiana: The Louisiana Environmental Action Network Jun 16th, 2010 at 11:00AM: When Marylee Orr started what has become Louisiana's most effective environmental organization she thought it would be a six-month commitment. "I realized how dirty our air and water were at that time and felt it was my civic duty to try and raise awareness of the problems. But I didn't realize that it would become my life." That was twenty-four years ago. I've known Marylee for the past 15...

From the shores of Louisiana: Exploring the culture of the oil spill

From the shores of Louisiana: Exploring the culture of the oil spill Jun 11th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana -- I've been coming to the Gulf coast of Louisiana every few months since July 2008, making a film about the relationship between man and the water in a place where everywhere you look there is glimpse of a river, creek, bayou, basin, swamp, the Gulf or the Mississippi River. Coincidentally, in light of recent events, one of the first things we filmed upon arrival 23...

17 great destinations for romance

17 great destinations for romance May 21st, 2010 at 3:30PM: Some say that romance is a lost art - but it's not. It's just hiding, waiting to be uncovered in some of the most beautiful places around the globe. Whether you are trying to show that special someone that they truly are special, making a proposal, or rekindling the flame you once had with your spouse, setting the stage is your first step to success. Whether you are searching for the perfect...

Will the oil spill change Gulf Coast tourism?

Will the oil spill change Gulf Coast tourism? May 18th, 2010 at 1:00PM: With the massive BP Transocean Halliburton Deep Water Horizon oil slick slowly heading for the Louisiana Gulf Coast, many are starting to wonder what the impact will be on the tourism industry. In a region already heavily reliant on Caribbean waters to sustain much of the economy, many worry that any negative effect on tourism dollars could spell disaster. And that's why many operators are doing...

Treme and the "Magic" Food of New Orleans

Treme and the Apr 26th, 2010 at 10:00AM: The new HBO show Treme is getting a lot of attention. Not just because it is produced by David Simon, who brought us The Wire, which some TV critics (both professional and aspirants) have deemed the best TV show, ever; not just because America has a fascination with New Orleans, the closest city in the country that feels like the amusement parks we have come to confuse with reality; and not just...

The 20 greatest cities in the world for foodies

The 20 greatest cities in the world for foodies Mar 11th, 2010 at 8:29AM: Once upon a time, the world's food capitals were a mere few well-known locales like Paris, New York, and Bangkok. All the action (and the eyes, and the forks) were focused there. Recently, though, many areas of the world have expanded and improved both their menus and their talents in the kitchen, resulting in far more places staking their claims in the classy world of quality dining....

Use Facebook to plan your next park vacation

Use Facebook to plan your next park vacation Mar 8th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Municipalities are always feeling a financial squeeze, and the fallout from the financial crisis has only made an already grim norm even worse. It's hard enough to get money for maintenance, let alone marketing. So, how can you get the info you need to plan your next park trip? Try Facebook. According to Inside Facebook, cities, counties and states are flocking to the social networking site...

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer Feb 26th, 2010 at 4:20PM: Deciding on a top ten list of anything is usually pretty difficult. Unless you're talking about, say, the top ten numbers one through ten... narrowing down and choosing only ten of whatever often takes a great deal of effort. When it comes to the world of beer, with the vast array of choices out there, things become extremely problematic. Luckily, choosing ten of the best cities in which to...

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