With a little more than a month until hurricane season begins, cultural organizations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are meeting with first responders. Police, fire and emergency management officials talked with museum directors, librarians, and archivists at the Maritime and Seafood Museum in Biloxi to discuss what might happen in the event of a disaster. Robin Krohn David is director of the Maritime Museum, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and re-opened two years ago. She told MPB's Evelina Burnett the museum has learned from the Katrina experience.
Fifty-five thousand children in Mississippi at some point have had a parent in prison or jail. That's according to a newly released report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The study says homelessness and lack of basic needs are some of the problems children face when a parent is incarcerated. Linda Southward is with Mississippi Kids Count, a group that researches children's issues. She spoke with MPB's Desare Frazier about the report -- "A Shared Sentence."
Department heads across state government are dealing with budget cuts. Following the end of the legislative session, money is short for many state services. At the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, director Lee Smithson and his staff must prepare for disaster in the state with a budget that's almost half of what it was in the years immediately after Hurricane Katrina. Smithson told MPB's Mark Rigsby the tight budget is a challenge for MEMA.
Maude Schuyler Clay has been using photography to capture the look and feel of her native state for decades. In her new book -- Mississippi History -- Clay's portraits of Mississippians from all walks of life create a rich chronicle of life as it is caught by the single click of a shutter. In today's Book Club, Clay told us her career in photography started with a gift in high school.