Public-radio series “The Working Coast” (May 9-13) to chronicle impact of low oil prices on Louisiana economy, families

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“The Working Coast,” a product of WWNO’s recently created Coastal Desk, is a five-part series that examine how low and unpredictable oil prices in Louisiana have impacted on the state’s workers and their families. The series premieres on WWNO (89.9 FM) on Monday (May 9) at 7:45 a.m. and will air daily through Friday (May 13) as a local component of the nationally syndicated NPR show “Morning Edition,” according to station Marketing and Development Manager Ron Biava.

Listen to the first installment (Monday, May 9) here.

Listen to Part 2 (Tuesday, May 10) here

Listen to Part 3 (Wednesday, May 11) here

Listen to Part 4 (Thursday, May 12) here

Listen to Part 5 (Friday May 13) here

Just as Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is ramping up its efforts to strengthen coastal communities, NPR’s New Orleans affiliate will premiere a weeklong series on the effects of the new oil economy on those same communities.

“The Working Coast,” a product of WWNO’s recently created Coastal Desk, is a five-part series that examine how low and unpredictable oil prices in Louisiana have impacted on the state’s workers and their families. The series premieres on WWNO (89.9 FM) on Monday (May 9) at 7:45 a.m. and will air daily through Friday (May 13) as a local component of the nationally syndicated NPR show “Morning Edition,” according to station Marketing and Development Manager Ron Biava.

The series also can be heard on KTLN (90.5 FM), the sister station in the Houma-Thibodaux area), and online at wwno.org. Coastal Desk reporters Tegan Wendland and Ryan Kailath spent time reporting from several Louisiana communities for this series, including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Morgan City, Lafayette, Bossier Parish, and Shreveport. While other public radio stations in Louisiana will broadcast the “Working Coast” stories, including Lafayette’s KRVS (88.7 FM) and Shreveport’s KDAQ (89.9 FM), still others are expected to join in.

Learn more about WWNO’s Coastal Desk here.

“The Working Coast” should help shine a light on the challenges coastal communities are facing, something that became an increased focus of the work of Foundation for Louisiana when it recently launched the Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund. Under the supervision of Coastal Communities Resiliency Program Officer Liz Williams, the Fund seeks to establish, cultivate and utilize partnerships with other organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions addressing coastal challenges throughout Louisiana communities.

Throughout Louisiana, we’re aligning efforts already underway and furthering the evolution of best practices so that endeavors to reshape, retrofit and resettle the coastal zone evolve in an equitable manner enhanced by civic engagement.

Read more about the Coastal Resiliency Leverage Fund here.