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Behind The Lens is a weekly podcast from the team at The Lens, New Orleans' nonprofit investigative newsroom. Each week, our reporters take a close look at what they're covering in local politics, criminal justice, education and land use. Produced and hosted by Carolyne Heldman.

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Behind The Lens is a weekly podcast from the team at The Lens, New Orleans' nonprofit investigative newsroom. Each week, our reporters take a close look at what they're covering in local politics, criminal justice, education and land use. Produced and hosted by Carolyne Heldman.

    Behind The Lens episode 136: ‘That’s up to you all’

    Behind The Lens episode 136: ‘That’s up to you all’

    Cantrell tells opponents of her Municipal Auditorium plan to come up with something on their own — with no city assistance. ICE accused of releasing people into unsafe conditions. And a new mask 'advisory' for New Orleans.

    • 34 min
    Behind The Lens episode 135: ‘A quarter for the Quarter’

    Behind The Lens episode 135: ‘A quarter for the Quarter’

    A forensic audit reveals new details about Singleton Charter School's background check problems. A dispute over whether hotel rooms should be included in the French Quarter security tax. And more politicians oppose a mandated new jail facility.

    • 32 min
    Behind The Lens episode 134: ‘A strike for better wages and working conditions’

    Behind The Lens episode 134: ‘A strike for better wages and working conditions’

    The Orleans school district moves to close Singleton Charter School. City Councilmembers vow not to take Entergy campaign donations and city employees ask for $15/hour. And Medicaid recipients should watch for renewal information as eligibility will begin again when the federal COVID-19 'public health emergency' ends.

    • 37 min
    Behind The Lens episode 133: ‘That’s actually stated in the statute’

    Behind The Lens episode 133: ‘That’s actually stated in the statute’

    No reports on the arrests of witnesses and crime victims, two years after passage of a law requiring them. Council hears about funding for new Entergy substation. And a privately run ICE facility is hit with a complaint for alleged human rights violations.

    • 36 min
    Behind The Lens episode 132: The ‘up to no good’ explanation

    Behind The Lens episode 132: The ‘up to no good’ explanation

    ACLU sues security district officers over traffic stop, alleging discrimination. School district says Singleton Charter violated ethics laws. And a $74M plan to reliably connect the Sewerage and Water Board to the power grid.

    • 37 min
    Behind The Lens episode 131: ‘What we have helps, but it won’t be enough’

    Behind The Lens episode 131: ‘What we have helps, but it won’t be enough’

    Applications for New Orleans rental assistance program to be reopened, but there isn't enough funding. New names for school buildings move forward. And a report criticizes New Orleans judges for continuing to issue failure to appear warrants during the pandemic.

    • 37 min

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