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Your survival guide for a changing planet

Climate change is scary. Life Raft is not.

In a podcast from WWNO, WRKF and PRX, reporter Travis Lux and comedian Lauren Malara answer your questions about living with climate change. How bad will the flooding get? Should I raise my house on stilts? Will New Orleans even be viable as a city? We’ll tackle it all.

Got a question for us? We’re listening.

Could Flood Insurance Sink Us Before The Water Does? Life Raft

Everyone knows flood insurance isn’t the most exciting topic. What this episode presupposes is: maybe it should be? It’s not difficult to imagine a future in which climate change-fueled storms and floods depopulate our coastal communities. Generations of Louisianians have been moving northward for decades, after all.  But could the rising cost of flood insurance actually drive people away sooner? That’s the question we’re exploring this week. We talk to two experts who explain the history of flood insurance in the United States, where the program is headed, and why flood insurance affordability is a political problem.  Rebecca Elliott is an assistant professor of sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her book is called Underwater: Loss, Flood Insurance, and the Moral Economy of Climate Change in the United States. Andy Horowitz is an assistant professor of history at Tulane University. His book is called Katrina: A History, 1915-2015.  Do you have a question you want us to explore? Send it to us! There’s a super simple form on our website. Follow us on social media for bonus pictures and occasional memes. We’re on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Support for WWNO’s Coastal Desk comes from the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, and listeners like you.  If you like what you hear from Life Raft, consider making a donation to WRKF and WWNO to help keep the show going!
  1. Could Flood Insurance Sink Us Before The Water Does?
  2. What Would It Take For Louisiana To Go Carbon Neutral By 2050?
  3. How Much Can We Blame The 2020 Hurricane Season On Climate Change?
  4. Bonus Episode: Confronting The Loss That Climate Change Promises
  5. HumaNature: Afrovivalist

HumaNature: Afrovivalist

We’re going to get a glimpse into the world of prepping through the eyes of Sharon Ross, who wanted to be prepared for anything, but later found herself the odd one out.

Episode 1: ‘Is it ever gonna be too hot to live here?’

Hosts Lauren and Travis talk to a doctor about what happens to the human body when it starts to overheat, and to a New Orleans resident on a mission to cool off her neighborhood by planting hundreds of trees.

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