Mississippi River: Delta Blues

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The finale in our series about the Mississippi River, its history, art, people and how it has been affected by climate change.

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The Southern Mississippi: With a stop in New Orleans, we dive into climate change. In this May 13th session, we focus on the causes and effects of pollution and why change in human behavior is needed to balance the climate fluctuations to slow down the process of climate change for the stability of our planet.

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Drew DeSimone is an actor and writer with a PhD in Astrobiology, and the 2021 Chair of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library’s Good Earth: Vonnegut and the Environment Program.

Dr. Vincent Brown is SCIPP's Climate Research Director located at Louisiana State University (LSU). Dr. Brown is an Assistant Professor-Research in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from LSU, a M.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee, and a B.S. in Geography from Salisbury University. His research interests include climatology, precipitation, climate change, and statistics. His current research focuses on precipitation extremes, particularly in the Southeast United States.

Dr. Philip Scarpino has a PhD from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He's a professor of history at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and former director of the public history program. He's also the director of oral history at the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence and director of the graduate program in public history. He's authored numerous books and studies, including Great River: An Environmental History of the Upper Mississippi River, 1890-1950.

William Rodney Allen has a Ph.D. from Duke University. He's published numerous books including: Walker Percy: A Southern Wayfarer, Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut, Understanding Kurt Vonnegut, The Coen Brothers: Interviews, and The Heath Introduction to Literature, 6th Edition. He has taught at North Carolina State University, The University of Mississippi, The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (retired, Professor Emeritus). Allen is a founding and current member of the Board of Directors of the KVML. He's also been married for 45 years to Cindy Watkins Allen, a practicing therapist at Clarity Counseling, her L.L.C. Their two daughters are Emily Allen-Briseno and Claire Allen. Emily and her husband Andy have Ph.Ds in English and teach respectively at The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts and at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Claire is a Psychological Associate practicing in Philadelphia. This October she will marry John Patrick, a Ph,D. in Chemistry and Senior Scientist at Janssen, the pharma division of Johnson and Johnson.

Ed Huey is a member of the Louisiana Folklife’s Hall of Master Folk Artists. Huey is a teacher and performer of American Roots music, specializing in early Blues guitar and harmonica styles. He is also Professor Emeritus at The Baylor School in Chattanooga, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Northwestern State, and a Masters from the Vocal Music Performance University of Tennessee.

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