Michael Patrick Welch

climate change

What It’s Like to Live in a City That's Slowly Drowning

Climate change is making New Orleans wetter, hotter, and more dangerous. It's a preview of what might happen to a state near you.
Michael Patrick Welch

This Conservative Talk Show Host Still Does the Radio Version of Blackface

'Walton and Johnson,' which has been on the air in the South for over 35 years, features stereotypical gay and black characters voiced by one of the white hosts.
Michael Patrick Welch

What Happens to Prison Inmates Caught in Hurricanes?

Texas prisoners say they went days without running water after Harvey.
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Fear, Flooding, Harvey, and Me

How I learned to be afraid of the rain.
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Views My Own

So, You Want to Remove Your Town's Confederate Monuments

Lessons learned from New Orleans's long but ultimately successful effort to unseat its rebel statues.
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David Duke's Former Campaign Manager Says Trump and the Former KKK Leader Are 'Identical'

"Clearly Duke's controversial views years ago have now become mainstream Republican values," said Michael Lawrence.
Michael Patrick Welch

Sex Workers Expect to Struggle After the Backpage Crackdown

The feds said the site's "Adult" section was a cesspool of sex trafficking, but people in the industry saw it as the best, safest way to find work.
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'He Smells Like a Men's Gym': Kids Write Raps About Donald Trump

Hip-hop was made for times like these. So I asked my students to write some bars and express the way they feel about our new president. It was not pretty.
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Still Racist After All These Years: Why David Duke Won't Go Away

It's been 25 years since David Duke, one of America's most notorious racists, got more than 670,000 votes in the Louisiana governor's race. Now he's running for a Senate seat and doing surprisingly well.
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Is the 'Flesh-Eating Bacteria' That Terrifies the Gulf Coast Becoming More Common?

Vibrio vulnificus is a rare bacteria that can cause severe injuries and even death, and in recent years, locals in Louisiana have grown more worried about the dangerous microorganisms.
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The Time I Hitched a Ride with Muhammad Ali

In 1971, just after returning to boxing and losing to Joe Frazier and just before his case went to the Supreme Court, Muhammad Ali picked up an unsuspecting 19-year-old thumbing a ride in Chicago.
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Meet the Florida Woman Who Became an Internet Hero for Calling Republican Governor Rick Scott an 'Asshole'

When Florida Governor Rick Scott walked into a Gainesville Starbucks, Cara Jennings told him exactly how his policies are screwing over the poor and women in need of health care.
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