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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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Mar 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

Mar 2, 2015
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

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Feb 27, 2015
This image released courtesy of the Lead Belly Estate shows folk and blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. (AP)

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

 
Feb 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

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Two Congressmen Weigh In On DHS Funding
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

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Our Week In The Web: February
Friday, Feb 20, 2015

We explain what happened with the old podcast feed this week and last, share some other Oscar categories and reminisce about the golden days of Double Rainbows and Honey Badgers who just don’t care.

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