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In new documentary 'Hollow Tree,' teens come of age amid rising sea levels in Louisiana

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The film Hollow Tree follows three teenagers coming of age in their sinking homeplace of Louisiana. For the first time, they notice the Mississippi River’s engineering, stumps of cypress trees, and polluting refineries. Their different perspectives — as Indigenous, white, and Angolan young women — shape their story of the climate crisis.

Midterm elections are less than a week away! The Times Picayune | New Orleans Advocate’s editorial page director columnist Stephanie Grace and WRKF Capital Access reporter Paul Braun tell us what to look out for – and give us crucial information on when and how to vote in Louisiana.

How does a rising sea level impact the lives of young people living on vulnerable land? The new documentary Hollow Tree seeks to find that out by following the lives of three Louisiana teenagers grappling with adulthood and a changing climate. The Coastal Desk’s Halle Parker spoke with the film’s young stars along with director Kira Akerman. 

It’s been more than 100 Days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the clinic at the center of the case, has been closed for months. Still supporters continue to show up. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Maya Miller talks with the local activists about what keeps them coming back to the “Pink House.”

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.