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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. 

    Sanctuary city ban bill moves through legislature; tribute honors Alvin Batiste, Edward ‘Kidd’ Jordan

    Sanctuary city ban bill moves through legislature; tribute honors Alvin Batiste, Edward ‘Kidd’ Jordan

    Sanctuary cities have become targets of Republican lawmakers across the country. Now Louisiana’s legislature is considering a measure that would ban parishes and cities from adopting their own policies. 

    Bobbi-Jeanne Misick, reporter at Verite News, has been tracking the proposal since it was introduced and joins us for more.

    Edward “Kidd” Jordan, NOLA jazz saxophonist, and Alvin Batiste, jazz clarinetist, are being remembered in a special tribute concert on April 20 at the University of New Orleans Performance Recital Hall. 

    Stephanie Jordan, vocalist, and Rachel Jordan, violinist, join Louisiana Considered to discuss the legacy of their late father and uncle.

    The Musaica Chamber Ensemble closes its 18th season, “Heart and Soul,”with a piano quintet and a world premiere quartet for oboe and strings. 

    Bruce Owen, Musaica violist and president, joins the show with the details. 

    The Musaica Chamber Ensemble performs its final concert of the season on Monday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

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    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack. Our managing producer is Alana Schrieber. Matt Bloom and Aubry Procell are assistant producers. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12 and 7 p.m. 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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    1 in 5 Baton Rouge students is chronically absent; exhibit pairs quilting and planets

    1 in 5 Baton Rouge students is chronically absent; exhibit pairs quilting and planets

    Students in the Baton Rouge area are missing school — and a lot of it. 

    More than 50,000 students across the area’s school districts had more than five unexcused absences last school year. That’s according to the latest research from the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, which analyzed local attendance rates.

    Jake Polansky, the chamber’s manager of economic and policy research, joins the show to share takeaways and potential solutions. 

    A new report from the Louisiana Department of Health shows Black women who are pregnant continue to die at much higher rates than white pregnant women in the state. 

    The report covers maternal deaths in 2020. It found Black women were 2.5 times more likely to die than their white counterparts.

    Rosemary Westwood, WWNO/WRKF reproductive health reporter, spoke with Dr. Veronica Gillispie- Bell, who led the research. 

    The LSU Museum of Art will host a unique exhibition of quilts inspired by planetary science.

    The fiber artwork exhibition, “Fierce Planets: Word from the Studio Art Quilt Associates,” draws from the research of renowned planetary physicist Dr. Sabine Stanley and her book "What's Hidden Inside Planets." 

    The exhibition is curated by Michelle Schulte. We hear from both of them. 
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    Why La. is exporting record amounts of LNG to Europe; crawfish prices remain historically high

    Why La. is exporting record amounts of LNG to Europe; crawfish prices remain historically high

    Today we bring you the first part of “All Gassed Up, Part 2: The German Connection,” from Sea Change.

    Why is the U.S. exporting liquefied natural gas to Europe? Hosts Halle Parker and Carlyle Calhoun head to Germany to find out and learn what that means for the future of our climate.

    This crawfish season has been a rough one. Farmers and fishermen are catching a tiny percentage of what they normally would, while consumers are paying high prices.

    WWNO and WRKF reporter Eva Tesfaye and Maya Miller, of the Gulf States Newsroom, talked to crawfish farmers and fisherman about how they’re navigating one of the worst seasons they’ve ever seen

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    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Ryan Vasquez. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber; our contributing producers are Matt Bloom and Adam Vos; we receive production and technical support from Garrett Pittman and our assistant producer, Aubry Procell.

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:00 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
    How southern schools fared in NCAA March Madness; Subsistence agriculture thrives along the Gulf Coast

    How southern schools fared in NCAA March Madness; Subsistence agriculture thrives along the Gulf Coast

    The University of Connecticut took home the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament this week. South Carolina won the women’s championship. This year, twelve teams from the Gulf South made it to the so-called Big Dance, including the Grambling State men’s team and LSU’s women’s team.

     

    Smaller schools in the region were eliminated right away, but getting a shot at the championship can still make a huge difference beyond the basketball court. Joseph King, reporter with the Gulf States Newsroom, explains why.

     

    Festival season is upon New Orleans. That means music, food and lots of tourists. Last year, the city saw over 17.5 million visitors and the city projects tourism numbers this year to continue their steady recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

     

    What made New Orleans’ economy so tourist-heavy in the first place? 

     

    Laine Kaplan-Levenson, host of the  podcast TriPod, took a look at that question back in 2016. We listen back to the episode today. 

     

    With today’s global supply chain, subsistence agriculture might seem like a thing of the past. That’s not entirely the case, according to Helen Regis, a cultural anthropologist at LSU and author of Bayou Harvest: Subsistence Practice in Coastal Louisiana.

     

    Regis has spent years observing farming and food preparation along the Gulf Coast, where she’s gained insights into hunting, fishing, gardening, and more.

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    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber; our contributing producers are Matt Bloom and Adam Vos; we receive production and technical support from Garrett Pittman and our assistant producer, Aubry Procell.

     

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:00 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
    Lawmakers debate rollback of ‘3-year’ insurance rule; Bill would block some La. power line construction

    Lawmakers debate rollback of ‘3-year’ insurance rule; Bill would block some La. power line construction

    It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time to catch up on politics with Stephanie Grace, The Times-Picayune/The Advocate’s editorial director and columnist. This week, we cover lawmakers’ efforts to reform home insurance industry regulations. 

    One big proposal would eliminate the 3-year rule, a Katrina era law that stops insurance companies generally from raising deductibles or not renewing homeowner policies that have been in effect for more than 3 years.

    It’s part of the “free market” changes Tim Temple, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner,  wants to make to stabilize the state’s underwriting environment and make it more hospitable for companies to do business.

    Dr. Walter Lane, chair of economics and finance at the University of New Orleans, joins the show to discuss the implications. 

    Senate Bill 108 would make it difficult for an entity from outside Louisiana to use land for a proposed transmission line that would move electrical power across Louisiana unless it dropped what it calls “a majority” of the electricity or steam power in Louisiana.  It would also block similar future projects in the state.

    What is Louisiana’s energy landscape and who controls it? Why would the legislature be trying to stop an energy project that could deliver cheaper energy to the state?  

    Logan Atkinson Burke, executive director of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, joins the show to answer those questions. 

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    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by [host]. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber; our contributing producers are Matt Bloom and Adam Vos; we receive production and technical support from Garrett Pittman and our assistant producer, Aubry Procell.

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:00 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
    French Quarter Festival kicks off 41st season; Solar eclipse dazzles viewers across the country

    French Quarter Festival kicks off 41st season; Solar eclipse dazzles viewers across the country

    The 41st annual French Quarter Festival kicks off in two days. The neighborhood festival in New Orleans continues to evolve with added programming and music stages. 

    Emily Madero, festival president and CEO, joins us for a look at what’s new. 

    The total solar eclipse on April 8 inspired a lot of people to travel to try to get the best view. Many WWNO and WRKF staff members made the journey northwest to reach the path of totality. While others stayed put right here in Louisiana, where visibility was pretty good too. 

    Garrett Hazelwood, Aubri Juhasz, Paul Maassen and Drew Hawkins shared their observations and feelings about the cosmic event. 

    Parsons Dance, an internationally acclaimed American dance company, closes this year’s season for the New Orleans Ballet Association with a special tribute to Allen Toussaint, the beloved NOLA musician.

    David Parsons, artistic director and Reginald Toussaint, percussionist and son of Allen Toussaint, join the show to discuss the performance. 

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    Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack. Our managing producer is Alana Schrieber. Matt Bloom and Aubry Procell are assistant producers. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.

    You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12 and 7 p.m. 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.

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