StoryCorps N.O.
10:50 am
Thu May 20, 2010

StoryCorps: Jim Atwood and Patti Adams

New Orleans musicians Jim Atwood and Patti Adams were at their Colorado cabin, off the electricity grid, trying to keep track of what was happening in New Orleans, as Hurricane Katrina approached. They clung to their two-inch screen, battery-operated television to decipher what they could expect to see on their return home.

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Gulf Oil Spill
9:22 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

NOAA Extending Fishing Ban

New Orleans, La. – NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says almost 46,000 square miles is now off limits. Food and Drug Administration inspectors will test fish in the region.

"The plan includes sampling seafood from inside and outside the closed areas as well as dockside and market-based sampling."

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:30 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

NOAA Tracking Oil Sheen in Loop Current

New Orleans, La. – The sheen is being tracked by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Spokesman Charlie Henry says the oil is moving slowly and could break apart before hitting land.

"The bulk of the oil is still way away to the northeast - I'm sorry - to the northwest of the loop current, and that oil is not in the immediate future a threat to be feeling the influence of the loop current and move down."

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:36 pm
Wed May 19, 2010

BP Planning on 'Top Kill' Plugging Well Leak

New Orleans, La. – Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says officials are now pinning hopes on a procedure to start next week that's being called a "top kill." Engineers are testing pressure to make sure the busted blow-out preventer on the sea bed can handle heavy liquids plugging the leak.

"Let's all keep our fingers crossed. Let's all say our prayers. We absolutely hope top kills works. We're anxious to see that it does."

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The Sound of Books
8:20 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Barton Palmer's "Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird': The Relationship Between Text and Film"

New Orleans – Today - on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten - conversation with writer and film scholar R. Barton Palmer about his recent book "Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird': The relationship Between Text and Film"...

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Gulf Oil Spill
1:47 pm
Tue May 18, 2010

BP Tar Balls Hit Florida

New Orleans, La. – NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says officials are double-checking reports from scientists aboard a government-funded research vessel. Experts say they found a 10-mile tentacle of oil under the surface. Meantime, globs of oil traced to the BP well are washing up in Florida.

"I think it is safe to say that the tar balls washing ashore in the Florida Keys are an example of what might happen should oil becomes entrained in the loop current."

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Gulf Oil Spill
8:52 am
Tue May 18, 2010

St Tammany Parish works to keep oil out of Lake Pontchartrain

New Orleans, LA – Leaders in St. Tammany Parish have been working diligently to prevent the oil from reaching the lakes that connect to the gulf. Jollaine Schear reports that St. Tammany president Kevin Davis has gained the support of local and national leaders in protecting these bodies of water from the spill.

Gulf Oil Spill
8:51 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

BP Riser System Diverting Some Oil

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Gulf Oil Spill
5:23 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

BP Says Containment Efforts Shrinking Slick

New Orleans, La. – BP executive Doug Suttles says that after flying over the oil spill with the Louisiana governor, he's certain that the slick is smaller.

"Our efforts offshore are making a big difference now. The combination of the riser insertion tube with using dispersants and other tools this is probably the smallest amount of oil I've seen on the surface since the effort began."

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Gulf Oil Spill
4:39 pm
Mon May 17, 2010

BP Says Top Kill Could Stop Leak Next Week

New Orleans, La. – BP executive Doug Suttles says the gusher could be tapped by next week, if the operation called a "top kill" goes as planned.

"If that's successful we would be bringing this incident to a close"

That remark at a briefing later solicited this response from Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry.

" I think it caught all our eyes when Doug Suttles said if we get this top kill we're done. We are not done. We are so this is a this is an enormous response."

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