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LIGO Construction (1995)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Livingston Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1995-12-15

Duration: 00:07:15

Subjects: LIGO Livingston Observatory | Scientific research | Gravitational waves | Science


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Wharton, James Interviewee
  • Drobny, Karl Interviewee
  • Smart, Skip Interviewee


This segment from the December 15, 1995, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on the construction of LIGO, or the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, in Livingston Parish, a $75 million observatory sponsored by the National Science Foundation to detect gravitational waves. She interviews: Dr. James Wharton, former LSU chancellor; Karl Drobny, construction manager; and Skip Smart, the executive director of the Livingston Parish Economic Development Council. Host: Robert Collins