Welcome to Crescent To Capitol,
the shared home of WWNO New Orleans and WRKF Baton Rouge.

Here you’ll find our collaborative effort to tell southeast Louisiana’s biggest stories; to give you what you need to better understand and navigate your world.

Right now, the big story is the coronavirus pandemic.
In fact, it will be among the biggest stories of our lifetimes.

So we’re going big to tell it.

From the Crescent City to the Capital City.

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Coronavirus in Louisiana

Giveaways created a poverty sinkhole. Then the virus hit.

Property tax giveaways to oil companies and entrenched poverty around Louisiana refineries help tell the story of race and disease in an American energy hub at a time when the coronavirus is surging across the South.

The virus’s effect on oil-rich Louisiana is the story of race, poverty and disease. In Shreveport, where some of the ugliest episodes of Jim Crow-era violence and redlining played out, COVID-19 also tells a story of sustained community disinvestment.

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Water Ways

Nearly 5,000 miles apart on this changing planet, New Orleans and the Netherlands have one big challenge in common: water.

New Orleans Public Radio and The Times Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate sent reporters Tegan Wendland and Tristan Baurick to the Netherlands to explore new best practices around water management and climate change adaptation.

The resulting series — part of the Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines initiative — digs into how we can adapt to river flooding and more intense storms, how we undo past mistakes, what it means to “build with nature” and much more.

This is Water Ways: Dutch Lessons for a Changing Coast.

Dutch cities are letting the water in

Last summer the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries flooded for months, causing more than $20 billion dollars in damage. Climate change is bringing more heavy and frequent rainstorms, a threat many flood protection systems were not built for. Rivers creep over levees or burst them. There’s nowhere for the water to go.

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