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Anger and Despair in the Gulf

Hard times in the Gulf. Jobs and a way of life now on the brink. We hear from folks living in the midst of it all.

Workers collect snare booms used to remove oil washed ashore from the Deepwater Horizon spill in Belle Terre, La. (AP)

Hard times rolling ashore in the Gulf of Mexico.

While oil giant BP weighs a ten-and-a-half billion dollar dividend payout to stockholders worldwide, fishermen and shrimpers and busboys in Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama and maybe soon Florida are in trouble.

Whole towns in trouble. A whole region in trouble, as Deepwater Horizon oil spill pollutes deep waters and, increasingly, the shore.

The President is coming down for another look. Our guests are already there – living it. 

This Hour, On Point: survival stories from the Gulf of Mexico.

Guests:

Chris Kirkham, staff writer for the Times-Picayune.

Tony Kennon, mayor of Orange Beach, AL.

LaTosha Brown, activist and consultant for the Gulf Coast Fund.

Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Joey Rodriguez, shrimp boat owner and operator who works in Bayou La Batre, AL.

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Nov 20, 2014
In this file photo, Hillsborough Sheriff deputy patrols outside the gate of JP Morgan Chase annual stockholders meeting held Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. JP Morgan is one of several large financial institutions currently under investigation for alleged violation of Federal bankruptcy laws. (AP)

You’re supposed to have a clean slate after bankruptcy. But that’s not always true. We’ll ask what’s going on.

Nov 20, 2014
A shot from the AMC reality series, "Freakshow." (Jessica Brooks / AMC)

From TV to Broadway, circus sideshows — freak shows — are having a big cultural moment. What’s the history behind the comeback?

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Nov 19, 2014
In a Friday, March 2, 2012 file photo, Donnie Dawson, 20, left, attends a youth advocacy group meeting at the Ruth Ellis Center, a drop-in shelter for LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender youth in Detroit. (AP)

Up to 40 percent of homeless young people are LGBTQ. We’ll hear their stories.

 
Nov 19, 2014
Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Mosheh Twersky, in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing Twersky and three others in the city's bloodiest attack in years. (AP)

New violence in Jerusalem. The building battle for the Holy City.

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The Explicast, Episode Five: What Is Net Neutrality?
Friday, Nov 14, 2014

The Explicast dives into tech policy territory with a quick look at the real meaning of a complicated bit of tech policy known as ‘Net Neutrality.’

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Our Week In The Web: November 14, 2014
Friday, Nov 14, 2014

On why we tweet, what we like and a Miley Cyrus and “Serial” theme song mashup you never knew you needed.

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Guest Post: U.S.-China Climate Deal is an Important Step In Long Road Ahead
Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014

After a landmark agreement between the US and China on climate change policy and clean energy development, a recent On Point guest reflects on what’s important in this new deal.

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