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Author and activist John Barry is our first guest today, and he joins us to discuss his continued fight to protect Louisiana's coastal wetlands and hold those accountable whom he feels are aiding in its depletion. As a former member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, John is spearheading the lawsuit against the Oil & Gas Industry for not upholding the law and for violating the permits granted to them. According to the permits, the Oil & Gas Industry was required to pay for any damages that they may have caused, and according to studies they are responsible for 36% of coastal damage done to Louisiana's coastline which they have yet to pay for. John and the lawsuit were mentioned in a recent New York Times Magazine article


Also, longtime U.S. Representative from Georgia and veteran Civil Rights activist John Lewis joins us along with his co-author Andrew Aydin to discuss and promote their graphic novel  March: Book One. The graphic novel tells the first-hand account of John's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, and includes detailed drawings by illustrator Nate Powell. Rep. Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin will be on campus at LSU October 21st for a book signing and presentation entitled "March with Congressman John Lewis" at the LSU Student Union.

Former Louisiana State Senator, Commissioner of Insurance and LSU Track Athlete Jim Brown stops by the studio to discuss politics with Jim for the better part of today's show. They discuss Rep. Bill Cassidy's chances of becoming U.S. Senator, as well as Rob Maness's campaign. They also discuss the Republican primary taking place this afternoon in Mississippi pitting Sen. Thad Cochran against Tea-Party backed candidate Chris McDaniel. 

Civil Rights Photographer Matt Herron joins Jim for the last segment of today's show. He and Jim discuss the photos he took during the summer's of 1964 and 1965 in Mississippi and the stories behind them. 

Bassist and composer Rufus Reid has been playing jazz for half a century. He's worked with just about everyone, from saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz to singer Nancy Wilson and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

Dr. Beau Kilmer, with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center, with what everyone needs to know about legalizing marijuana.

Jim talks with civil rights activist Dr. Dorothy Cotton, who was a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.