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“Louisiana Considered” showcases South Louisiana's biggest stories and features interviews with journalists, newsmakers, and artists. The show is a collaboration between the WWNO and WRKF newsrooms. 

Airs Monday through Friday at noon. 

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“Louisiana Considered” showcases South Louisiana's biggest stories and features interviews with journalists, newsmakers, and artists. The show is a collaboration between the WWNO and WRKF newsrooms. 

Airs Monday through Friday at noon. 

    State lawmakers take major steps to limit use of solitary confinement for youth in Louisiana

    State lawmakers take major steps to limit use of solitary confinement for youth in Louisiana

    Back in February we spoke to Beth Schwartzapfel from the Marshall Project who, along ProPublica and NBC News, found horrific conditions at the Acadiana Center for Youth in St. Martinville, including teens held in solitary confinement for weeks at a time. But recently, state lawmakers took major steps to limit the use of solitary confinement for the state’s youth. 

    Beth Schwartzapfel joins us again to discuss the future of the use of solitary confinement on youth in Louisiana facilities. 

    The small Louisiana town of Vidalia is set to become a major player in the clean energy industry. The Australia-based mining company Syrah Technologies is planning a major expansion of their plant in the city, where they make a material used in lithium ion batteries. 

    Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson and Vidalia Mayor Buz Craft tell us how this expansion is set to boost economic activity in the area.

    Across the country, workers at Starbucks stores are launching union campaigns. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Stephan Bisaha produced a conversation between organizers in New Orleans and Birmingham as they talk to each other about their efforts and what they're learning. 

    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

    Louisiana Considered wants to hear from you! Please fill out our pitch line to let us know what kinds of story ideas you have for our show. And while you’re at it, fill out our listener survey! We want to keep bringing you the kinds of conversations you’d like to listen to.

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    Gov. Edwards on how he hopes to fix polarization amid Louisiana abortion debate

    Gov. Edwards on how he hopes to fix polarization amid Louisiana abortion debate

    This week, Louisiana lawmaker Danny McCormick introduced a bill allowing prosecutors to charge patients with homicide if they get an abortion. But after initially passing out of a house committee and receiving amendments, the bill was ultimately pulled.

    WRKF Capitol Access reporter Paul Braun tells us more about this bill and other legislative attempts to restrict abortions as the nation gets ready for a decision from the Supreme Court on the Dobbs v. Jackson case.

    The Heartland Summit, a conference in Bentonville, Arkansas that’s sponsored by the Walton Foundation and focuses on fostering collaboration and innovation in the country’s heartland, has just wrapped up. One of the speakers was Gov. John Bel Edwards.

    Edwards joined us to discuss how to jumpstart economic growth in the nation’s heartland, and how to reach across the aisle as the abortion debate continues to polarize Louisiana.

    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

    Louisiana Considered wants to hear from you! Please fill out our pitch line to let us know what kinds of story ideas you have for our show. And while you’re at it, fill out our listener survey! We want to keep bringing you the kinds of conversations you’d like to listen to.

    Louisiana Considered is made possible with support from our listeners. Thank you!

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    Upcoming Peace Officers Memorial Day pays tribute to those lost in the line of duty

    Upcoming Peace Officers Memorial Day pays tribute to those lost in the line of duty

    As the state legislature is in the national spotlight for a controversial bill that would criminalize abortion, WWNO/WRKF Capitol Access reporter Paul Braun discusses what the bill entails and why the state’s biggest anti-abortion group opposes the bill’s passage.

     

    May 11-17 is National Police Week, a tradition that goes back 60 years to honor public servants. Darrell Basco, President of the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police, joins us to talk about the week, and specifically to detail Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, which takes place Sunday, May 15.

     

    WWNO and WRKF have partnered with America Amplified, a journalism initiative emphasizing community engagement.

    As part of this collaboration, we are excited to bring you the second edition of Liner Notes, our new segment where we talk to Louisiana bands and dissect one of their original songs. Louisiana Considered managing producer Alana Schreiber spoke with the New Orleans bandJank Setup to learn how they collaborated to compose, lyricize and mix their song, "Fix,” which was written as a reaction to the murder of George Floyd.

    While Jank Setup is currently on hiatus, we hope this segment of Liner Notes highlights their contributions to the New Orleans music community over the years. 

     

    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

     

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

     

    Louisiana Considered wants to hear from you! Please fill out our pitch line to let us know what kinds of story ideas you have for our show. And while you’re at it, fill out our listener survey! We want to keep bringing you the kinds of conversations you’d like to listen to.

     

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    Friend or foe? A lesson on Louisiana snakes and how to interact with them

    Friend or foe? A lesson on Louisiana snakes and how to interact with them

    A recent report showed Louisiana's air quality hasn't gotten worse in the past year the same way it has nationwide, but it hasn’t exactly improved either. WWNO’s Coastal Reporter, Halle Parker, gives us the latest on the state of Louisiana's air.

    After almost two years of debate, New Orleans’ Lusher Charter School finally has a new name. The school, named for Confederate tax collector and white supremacist Robert Mills Lusher, will now be called The Willow School, in a nod to the school’s original location on Willow Street.

    WWNO’s Education Reporter, Aubri Juhasz, spoke with long-time Lusher math teacher Jerome White and recent graduate Nia Talbot about how they hope the name change will lead to a culture change as well. 

    As spring blooms and we return to the great outdoors in greater numbers, we might notice something else in greater numbers in our natural environment– snakes. State Herpetologist Keri Lejeune tells us about Louisiana’s native species of snakes and how to deal with them.

    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

    Louisiana Considered wants to hear from you! Please fill out our pitch line to let us know what kinds of story ideas you have for our show. And while you’re at it, fill out our listener survey! We want to keep bringing you the kinds of conversations you’d like to listen to.

    Louisiana Considered is made possible with support from our listeners. Thank you!

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    • 24 min
    American Ballet Theatre returns to New Orleans for performance of Don Quixote

    American Ballet Theatre returns to New Orleans for performance of Don Quixote

    The New Orleans Ballet Association is closing its blockbuster season with world-renowned American Ballet Theatre, bringing its masterpiece, Don Quixote. Accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the company’s long-awaited return to the Crescent City marks its first in almost 50 years.

     

    Principal dancer Cassandra Trenary tells us more about what to expect on stage.

     

    Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane University is back for its 55th year. Interim artistic director C. Leonard Raybon tells us what we can see at the three different productions.

     

    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

     

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

     

    Louisiana Considered wants to hear from you! Please fill out our pitch line to let us know what kinds of story ideas you have for our show. And while you’re at it, fill out our listener survey! We want to keep bringing you the kinds of conversations you’d like to listen to.

     

    Louisiana Considered is made possible with support from our listeners. Thank you!

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    • 24 min
    Restoring lakes and connecting the bayou: two stories on Louisiana waterways

    Restoring lakes and connecting the bayou: two stories on Louisiana waterways

    Over the years, the lakes at LSU have begun to look more like the swamps from which they came with sediment buildup and algae overgrowth. But recently, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that Phase One of a plan to restore the lake system at LSU is fully funded and soon to be underway. 

    President and CEO of the LSU Foundation, Rob Stuart, tells us more about what this lake restoration will look like.

    A series of connected canals with bike paths and pedestrian walkways might sound a lot like Amsterdam, or, maybe Lake Charles, Louisiana.

    The head of Polaris Engineering in Lake Charles, Mike Nodier, tells us about his ambitious idea – dubbed the “Bayou Greenbelt” – that he believes will both help with storm damage mitigation and also take advantage of the city's waterways and natural resources. 

    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

    Louisiana Considered wants to hear from you! Please fill out our pitch line to let us know what kinds of story ideas you have for our show. And while you’re at it, fill out our listener survey! We want to keep bringing you the kinds of conversations you’d like to listen to.

    Louisiana Considered is made possible with support from our listeners. Thank you!

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 24 min

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