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March 01, 2011 – Most of us shudder to imagine the impact of another large oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. And for good reason: A spill in future decades could have even more devastating consequences than the 2010 BP spill. Produced by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman. Narrated by Richard Ziglar.

Photo of Donald and Theresa Dardar by Barry Yeoman. Click to Enlarge

February 15, 2011 – One of the first communities to take a direct hit from the BP oil spill was the 700-member Pointe-au-Chien Indian tribe near Houma, Louisiana. For them, the disaster is ongoing and part of a larger threat to their ancestral home. From KRVS in Lafayette, Louisiana. Produced by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman. Narrated by Richard Ziglar.

Photo of Ve Nguyen by Barry Yeoman. Click to Enlarge.

February 14, 2011 – Kenneth Feinberg, the Boston attorney in charge of reviewing claims for the BP oil spill, says he expects to start paying interim and final claims later this month. But as Louisiana's Vietnamese-American fishing community has learned, some losses are harder to quantify than others especially when what's at stake is a way of life. Produced by Barry Yeoman and Richard Ziglar. Narrated by Barry Yeoman. Translation and voiceover by An Nguyen.

Photo courtesy of Bart Siegel. Click to Enlarge

February 24, 2011 – The BP oil spill triggered an outpouring of volunteer energy. Concerned Americans lay boom, picked up tar balls, and performed mundane tasks like answering telephones. A few helped transport or clean oiled birds. Regardless of what they did, many volunteers now find themselves transformed. Produced by Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman. Narrated by Richard Ziglar.

Chuck Brown On World Cafe

Feb 3, 2011

Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go music, died in 2012. A year earlier, he'd stopped by World Cafe to discuss his 50-plus-year career and his last album.

This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz

May 15, 2009

Marian McPartland recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.

"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. I enjoyed that session."

Bill Charlap And Renee Rosnes On Piano Jazz

Feb 12, 2009

It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio. But given the marriage of keyboard masters Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, host Marian McPartland thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand the Piano Jazz format with two of today's most gifted players as her guests.

Hod O'Brien On Piano Jazz

Jan 26, 2009

On the drive from his home in Charlottesville, Va., to the Manhattan studios of Piano Jazz, pianist Hod O'Brien was inspired to compose an original tune in honor of the occasion. By the time he'd arrived, he'd worked out a swinging little ditty in his head, so he kicked off this session with a tune he called "Clarion for Marian."

"His playing was wonderful," recalls host Marian McPartland. "And I really enjoyed playing on Charlie Parker ['Now's The Time'] with Hod. I thought it came off very well."

Photo by Beth Fertig

Lafayette, Louisiana – Over the past two months, Lafayette's Cajundome has hosted more than 7,000 evacuees from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But in recent weeks, the shelter's population dwindled. And this week, the Dome finally closed down - moving the remaining 80 people to a smaller shelter. 15-year old Kendell Simon and his mother, brother and sister were among the first to arrive and the last to leave. Using a recorder on loan from KRVS, Kendell recorded his final few days there - and his mixed feelings about leaving.

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