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Oil Danger and the Gulf Coast

A coastal crisis unfolds, as the Gulf braces for the oil slick. We look at the threat ahead, and the impact on national oil policy.

Workers secure oil retention booms to the shore in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Sunday, May 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Now it’s a face-off in the Gulf of Mexico: the unslowed gushing of a deepwater oil well, against the environment and economy of a huge chunk of vital American coastline. 

And maybe Americans are coming face-to-face again with the implications of a fossil fuel-driven national life. 

The robots undersea have not stopped the oil. The booms on high seas have not stopped the slick. The fishermen see what’s coming and shake their heads. 

It could get much worse before it gets better. And it’s bad now. 

This Hour, On Point: calamity and offshore oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Guests:

Jeffrey Ball, environmental editor for the Wall Street Journal. Read his new piece, “Disaster Invokes the Spector of Valdez.”

John Williams, executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance.

Lisa Margonelli, director of the New America Foundation’s Energy Policy Initiative and author of “Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank.” Read her editorial in the New York Times, “A Spill of Our Own.”

Aaron Viles, campaign director for the Gulf Restoration Network.

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Nov 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

Nov 24, 2014
Homeless people stay with their belongings under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area. (AP)

Smashing the assumptions about what it’s really like to live in poverty in America.

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President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Have you ever thought about interning with On Point Radio? Good news: your time is now!

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The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

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Our Week In The Web: November 21, 2014
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We offer a panel of hand-drawn digital sheep, and wonder how to best lead the rest of you to programs that matter.

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