100 episodes

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 Behind The Lens

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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 234: ‘Rabble-rousing at the Big Green’

    Behind The Lens episode 234: ‘Rabble-rousing at the Big Green’

    La'Shance Perry on St. John Parish's vote on rezoning for Greenfield. Delaney Dryfoos on Gov. Landry's Task Force for Sewerage and Water Board. And Katy Reckdahl on union organizing at Tulane University.

    • 26 min
    Behind The Lens episode 233: ‘A Black hamlet’

    Behind The Lens episode 233: ‘A Black hamlet’

    Delaney Dryfoos on St. John the Baptist Parish's voted to allow heavy industrial uses on the parish’s rural West Bank after years of contentious debate. Nick Chrastil on Gov. Jeff Landry's seismic changes to the criminal justice system.

    • 35 min
    Behind The Lens “Sunshine Week” episode 232: ‘It’s so powerful to see’

    Behind The Lens “Sunshine Week” episode 232: ‘It’s so powerful to see’

    Lens reporters on the Louisiana Public Records Act and how it helps us fulfill our mission. We reflect on how records made possible reporting on Henry Montgomery, a graduation scandal at Kennedy High School and the uncovering of the state's decision to send kids in juvenile detention across state lines.

    • 33 min
    Behind The Lens episode 231: ‘We cannot allow it to fail’

    Behind The Lens episode 231: ‘We cannot allow it to fail’

    Katy Reckdahl and La'Shance Perry on the loss of musician Kerry "Fatman" Hunter. Marta Jewson and Dr. Ashonta Wyatt on the district's decision to open a direct-run school at Lafayette.

    • 34 min
    Behind The Lens episode 230: ‘It’s easy to get lost in the fun of Mardi Gras’

    Behind The Lens episode 230: ‘It’s easy to get lost in the fun of Mardi Gras’

    La'Shance Perry on the Krewe of Choctaw's harmful portrayal of culture to those of Choctaw heritage. Delaney Dryfoos on stepped up Carnival recycling efforts this year. And Nick Chrastil on gun arrests during Mardi Gras and concerns about racial profiling.

    • 36 min
    Behind The Lens episode 229: ‘Backtracking on promises’

    Behind The Lens episode 229: ‘Backtracking on promises’

    Nick Chrastil on Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams's decision to work closely with newly elected Governor Jeff Landry’s office, despite his progressive campaign promises.



    Aidan McCahill on New Orleans water bills, some of the highest in the nation, and seniors who are feeling the pinch.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

jldela85 ,

Amazing!

I just discovered this podcast and I’m hooked. Thank you guys for providing this smart, non-partisan discussion of the issues concerning the city.

claire*calhoun ,

Great local news

Listen to these episodes at 1.5 speed.

Fellatiator ,

The best source for real investigative journalism in New Orleans.

The best source for real investigative journalism in New Orleans.

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