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Grantee Spike Johnson Interviewed on 'Behind the Lens' Podcast

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Cocodrie. Ocean dead zones globally have quadrupled since 1950 according to the journal Science, and as the human population rises, along with a reliance on large-scale farming, the problem is expected to continue. Image by Spike Johnson. United States, 2019.
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The gradual implementation of agricultural nutrient reduction strategies across the Midwest is seen...

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Trempealeau, Wisconsin - The Mississippi River. Agricultural fertilizer from 31 states wash into the Mississippi River. Like a topologic funnel it directs 41% of America’s water toward the delta, and America’s most productive fishing grounds. Image by Spike Johnson. United States, 2019. 
Trempealeau, Wisconsin - The Mississippi River. Agricultural fertilizer from 31 states wash into the Mississippi River. Like a topologic funnel it directs 41% of America’s water toward the delta, and America’s most productive fishing grounds. Image by Spike Johnson. United States, 2019.

This week on Behind the Lens:

Shrinking the Gulf Coast Dead Zone. How nutrients from industrial farms in the midwest are affecting the Gulf, impacting the fishing industry, and what can be done to fix it. Reporter Spike Johnson has that story.

And – the Industrial Tax Exemption Program. The Orleans Parish Assessor's office vows to conduct a review of its records in order to verify millions of dollars worth of corporate property tax exemptions. Michael Isaac Stein explains.

Also, we talk to fair elections crusader, Democrat Stacey Abrams, about her fight against voter suppression in 2020, and why she has an eye on Louisiana's fall gubernatorial election.

Listen to the full show here

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