Venice is flooding. New Orleans has flooded. This isn't news. What is news is that residents' commitment to these unique cities is generating creative ways to deal with rising sea levels and more frequent flooding.
This radio documentary shares the sounds of "acqua alta" (high water) in Venice and what it means to shopkeepers and residents. It also presents a vision of New Orleans as a city with canals similar to those of Venice.
As places on the edge, and written off by many as being lost, Venice and New Orleans instead have insight and experience to offer other coastal cities dealing increasingly with flooding.
Zoe Sullivan is a seasoned journalist with over 10 years of print and radio experience. She has reported for for outlets such as Deutsche Welle, Radio France International, and the BBC.
This will fund the production of a half-hour radio documentary on flooding and land loss in coastal Louisiana and Venice, Italy. The story will air on WWNO and WTUL in New Orleans and will be posted to the WWOZ web site as well as PRX.