Set Your Dials: Introducing Delta Dispatches Weekly Radio Show & Podcast

By Jacques P. Hebert, Communications Director, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, National Audubon Society

What happens when a Theriot and an Hebert walk into a radio station? You’re about to find out! Starting today, Thursday March 2, Restore or Retreat Executive Director Simone Theriot Maloz and I will be co-hosting a weekly radio show, “Delta Dispatches,” to discuss Louisiana’s coast, its people, wildlife and jobs, and why restoring it matters.

As the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) advances its draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan, the next few months will be critical in the fight to restore Louisiana’s coast. To keep you engaged and informed, we will bring you discussions on important aspects of coastal restoration, the latest coastal news and events, interviews with relevant experts, business and community leaders, and more.

Catch the show live every Thursday at 5:00pm Central on 990AM or subscribe on iTunes and Google Play below. 

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Episode 1: Introduction to the Delta Dispatches

In the the inaugural episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques and Simone speak to Steve Cochran, Campaign Director of Restore the Mississippi Delta, and Alisha Renfro, Coastal Scientist for the National Wildlife Federation. Listen Now 

 Episode 2: The 2017 Master Plan

On today’s show Bren Haase, assistant administrator of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority joins the program to talk with Simone about the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. Dr. Denise Reed, Chief Scientist, of The Water Institute of the Gulf comes on to also to talk with Jacques about the master plan. Listen Now 

 Episode 3: Sediment Diversions

In episode three of Delta Dispatches, Jacques talks to Rudy Simoneaux and Brad Barth from the CPRA about the science of sediment diversions and how they fit into the 2017 Coastal Master Plan. Afterwards, Simone talks to Rebecca Triche from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation to discuss some of the coastal restoration projects LWF is currently working on. Listen Now 

 Episode 4: Fisheries

In episode 4 of Delta Dispatches, Simone talks with Captain Ryan Lambert of Cajun Fishing Adventures to talk about coastal restoration. Later in the show, Dr. John Lopez, Director, Coastal Sustainability Program with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, joins the program to talk with Jacques about saving Louisiana’s fisheries. Listen Now

Episode 5: Wildlife

In episode 4 of Delta Dispatches, Jacques interviews Dr. Andy Nyman, Professor of Wetland Ecology and Restoration at LSU about the importance and abundance of Louisiana wildlife and how our land loss crisis threatens coastal species. On the second half the show, Jacques is joined by Dr. Erik Johnson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Louisiana. Erik and Jacques talk about the importance of Louisiana's coast for migratory birds including prothonotary warblers and whooping cranes.  Listen Now 

Episode 6: Nonstructural Projects

In this episode of Delta Dispatches, Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz talk about a specific aspect of the 2017 Coastal Master Plan – nonstructural projects. Featured guests include Andrea Galinski, a Coastal Resources Scientist with the Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority, Liz Williams, Coastal Communities Resiliency Program Officer with the Foundation for Louisiana and Jimmy Frederick, Communications Director of Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Listen Now

Episode 7: Funding

This week's episode is dedicated to just one thing: funding! Simone and Jacques will talk to their guests about the complex realities of funding coastal restoration in Louisiana. In the first half the show, Jacques will speak with Elizabeth Mabry, Senior Policy Manager, Ecosystems, Environmental Defense Fund to talk about the opportunities and challenges in securing funding in today's political realities. On the second half of the episodes, Simone welcomes Chip Kline, Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities, Chair, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to talk about funding from the government's perspective including how the CPRA funds the master plan. Listen Now

Episode 8: New Orleans: A Coastal City

On this episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques speak to a couple of great guests about coastal restoration with Amanda Moore and Arthur Johnson. First, Simone speaks with Amanda Moore, Deputy Director of The National Wildlife Federation Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, to talk with Simone about the restoration of the Gulf Coast. Then Arthur Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) joins the program to talk with Jacques about the key initiatives of the CSED. Listen Now

Episode 9: The Louisiana Legislature & the Economic Case for Restoration

On this week's episode of Delta Dispatches, Simone and Jacques discuss how the 2017 Coastal Master Plan becomes law and the economic case for recovery. In the first two segments Simone has Rep. Jerome "Zee" Zeringue (R – District 52) about his time as the chairman and executive director of the CPRA. Zee provides insights into the Louisiana legislature and the next steps for the master plan as it makes it way into becoming a law. In the second half the show, Jacques speaks with Scott Kirkpatrick, the president of the Coast Builders Coalition – a trade association comprised of private sector companies in the business of restoring and protecting the Gulf Coast. Scott speaks to why restoring the coast is the right economic decision for businesses across the state. Listen Now

Episode 10: Innovations in Restoration

Welcome to the latest episode of Delta Dispatches with hosts Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. On today’s show Natalie Peyronnin, Director of Science Policy and Mississippi River Delta Restoration at the Environmental Defense Fund, speaks to Jacques about sediment diversions operations. In the second half the show, Simone has Jimmy Frederick, Communications Director for CRCL on to speak about their exciting oyster shell recycling project. Listen Now 

Episode 11: Conversation with The Times Picayune Coastal Reporting Team

On this episode of Delta Dispatches, with hosts Jacques Hebert & Simone Maloz. On this episode, Jacques has Times-Picayune hurricane & environment reporters Mark Schleifstein, Sara Sneath and Tristan Baurick join the show to talk with Jacques about coastal reporting. Listen Now

Episode 12: Louisiana's Working Coast

We’re happy to welcome Lacy McManus and Joni Tuck to the show today. Lacy is the Director of Program Development of GNO Inc. and talks with Jacques and Simone about the economic case for restoration in Southeast Louisiana. In the second half the show, Joni sits in studio to chat about Port Fourchon & The Working Coast. Joni Tuck is the External Relations Manager for the Greater Lafourche Port Commission. Listen Now

Episode 13: Engineering of the Mississippi River

On today’s show James F. Barnett Jr joins the program to talk with Jacques & Simone about his fascinating book, “Beyond Control: The Mississippi River’s New Channel to the Gulf of Mexico”. Beyond Control reveals the Mississippi as a waterway of change, unnaturally confined by ever-larger levees and control structures. Our second guest is Alisha Renfro, Staff Scientist from the National Wildlife Federation, who stops by to talk with Simone & Jacques about the high Mississippi River and the systems in place to keep us protected. Listen Now