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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."

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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.

by Beth Fertig

Lafayette, Louisiana – After enduring weeks of frustration, trying to apply for Red Cross cash assistance by telephone, evacuees are now able to apply in person. Thousands of people have applied already in the Lafayette area, prompting the Red Cross to close some offices now that it says they aren't as busy. The Acadiana chapter in Scott, however, is still taking applications. Reporter Beth Fertig visited the office and produced this piece.

photo by Beth Fertig

October 10, 2005 – In the past six weeks, Lafayette Parish has absorbed as many as 30- or 40-thousand Hurricane evacuees. Most are from the New Orleans area - including some key players in the city's arts and music community. Those musicians and artists are now trying to help each other get employment, healthcare and support while they're in "exile" from New Orleans.

photo by Beth Fertig

October 7, 2005 – More than three thousand students have enrolled in the Lafayette Parish school system since Hurricane Katrina. Some stayed for only a few days until their families were able to return home. Others are still here. And another wave of students enrolled this week after Hurricane Rita. At Woodvale Elementary School, more than 70 students are hurricane evacuees: about 10 percent of the school's population.

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Around the country, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to buy back individual homes from people who have flooded repeatedly. But buying out a whole neighborhood is uncommon. Louisiana's 2016 flood seems to be changing that for two communities. In Pointe Coupee and Ascension Parishes, a buyout program first used in neighborhoods after Superstorm Sandy may offer a new option to homeowners who have lived with escalating risk for decades.

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