Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 3:33 pm
Louisiana's coast is disappearing at the rate of about a football field an hour. Since the 1930s, the Gulf of Mexico has swallowed up an area the size of Delaware.
You can see the water encroaching in Delacroix in St. Bernard Parish, less than an hour southeast of New Orleans. Here, a narrow crescent of land known locally as the "end of the world" is where the road abruptly comes to a dead end; in the distance, you see the tops of now-submerged trees.
Jim talks with Rising Tide author John Barry about being removed from the levee board, and other state legislative decisions. He also speaks with Rep. Pat Smith about expanding Medicaid and discussed an effort to strike an anti-sodomy statute from Louisiana's books.