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One year after the worst oil spill in US history, what's the condition of the environment, the economy and the culture from Louisiana to Florida? What's been done to make sure a similar disaster couldn't happen again? Also, the US Supreme Court signals its rejection of climate-change suits. On Reporter's Notebook, did popular culture of the 1980's shape the America of today?

Banner image: A dead sea turtle is marked for removal after it was pulled out of the surf April 14, 2011 in Waveland, Mississippi. Endangered sea turtles and dolphins are still dying in high numbers in Mississippi, which continues to be impacted by tar balls and weathered oil. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Producers:
Gary Scott
Karen Radziner
Katie Cooper

Making News US Supreme Court Signals Rejection of Climate Change Suits 7 MIN, 37 SEC

Do the federal courts need to enforce state laws designed to control climate change, or can the Environmental Protection Agency do the job?  That was the question before the US Supreme Court today in a case involving eight states that sued power companies back in 2004. Greg Stohr covers the court for Bloomberg.

Guests:
Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)

Main Topic The Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later 37 MIN, 6 SEC

One year ago tomorrow, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and starting a gusher of oil that spilled 4.4 million gallons of oil until it was finally capped after almost  four months. But after reviewing the lack of reforms in Washington and the Gulf states, and with gasoline prices on the rise, the Miami Herald concludes that the largest oil spill in US history "looks more and more like just a big bump in the road in the drive to drill deeper in the Gulf of Mexico." There are economic and cultural devastation, made worse by scientific uncertainty over how bad the damage is and whether it still might get worse. We hear about food safety, environmental destruction, tourism, and whether BP and other industry giants are meeting legal and moral responsibilities. 

Guests:
Ben Casselman, Wall Street Journal (@bencasselman)
Ian MacDonald, Florida State University
Harry Shearer, Host of 'Le Show'
Katie Howell, Greenwire
Melanie Driscoll, Audubon Society

Reporter's Notebook Are We Living in a Rerun of the 1980's? 6 MIN, 2 SEC

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David Sirota grew up with The A-Team, Family Ties and other popular TV shows of the 1980's. No only can he not get them out of his mind, he believes they shaped contemporary culture, and it's no coincidence that the 80's were the Reagan Years. Sirota's written about that influence in Back to the Future: How the 1980's Explain the World We Live In Now—Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything.

Guests:
David Sirota, Salon.com (@davidsirota)

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