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Two years since two hurricanes swept through Lake Charles, we look at ongoing recovery efforts

A home in Lake Charles with blue tarp on the roof.
Stephan Bisaha
Gulf States Newsroom
A home in Lake Charles with blue tarp on the roof.

In 2020, Lake Charles, Louisiana was devastated by Hurricane Laura. Just six weeks later, the city was hit again by Hurricane Delta.

Today, we listen to a report from The Gulf States Newsroom’s Stephan Bisaha, who traveled to the city to speak with residents about ongoing recovery efforts. He also tells us what’s being done to fortify Lake Charles against future storms.

It’s back-to-school season, with many Louisiana schools opening their doors one week ago, and many of the state’s universities starting classes next Monday. Walter Isaacson, the Leonard Lauder Professor of American History and Values at Tulane University, will be returning to the classroom. He previously served as chairman of CNN and editor of TIME magazine.

Back in March, Isaacson was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Joe Biden. He was honored for writing multiple biographies that have helped deepen the public’s understanding of history and inspire curiosity. Shortly after he received this recognition, he joined us to discuss the work that led up to that moment. Today, we give that conversation a second listen.

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

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Karen Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose stories have aired nationally on NPR.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF 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.