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 http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/02/magazine/mag-oil-lawsuit.html.
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.
Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 2:48 pm
New Orleans native and local fine arts photographer Michel Varisco developed a curiosity about the Gulf Coast region at a young age. With a mother who is a former biochemist, and engineer dad, she started learning on family road trips. Her dad would explain the Bonnet Carré Spillway, or point out dead trees while driving down LA1 to Grande Isle.