Why efforts to replace voting machines failed; the impacts of abortion bans; what the polls say about NOLA city leadership
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by Aubry Procell
3d ago
It’s Thursday, which means it’s time to recap the week in politics with Stephanie Grace, editorial director and columnist for the Times Picayune/The Advocate. She joins us to discuss a new poll showing that New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell continues to have low approval ratings. Since the Louisiana legislature changed voting laws to appease so-called “election deniers” back in 2021, the state has struggled to replace its long out-of-date voting machines. State Rep. Mike T. Johnson, a Republican from Pineville, attempted this year to mitigate the burdensome requirements passed in 2021. But fa ..read more
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Road to Rickwood: Don't Fight Back
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by WWNO/WRKF Newsroom
5d ago
In 1964, the Birmingham Barons become Alabama’s first integrated sports team. This is 17 years after Jackie Robinson integrated the Major Leagues. What took so long? Today, we hear how baseball helps desegregate America’s most segregated city. Roy Wood Jr. takes us back to 1960s Birmingham, when nonviolent protests for racial equality are met with bombings by the Ku Klux Klan. We learn about the business owner who decides to bring baseball back to Birmingham after a two-year hiatus, this time in an integrated environment. And we hear from some of the players on the city’s first integrated team ..read more
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Startup brings healthcare into homes; La. Philharmonic gears up for inaugural Juneteenth concert
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by WWNO/WRKF Newsroom
6d ago
Former State health director, past CEO of health services at LSU, and OB-GYN Dr. Rebekah Gee is now working to bridge the gap in healthcare for Louisiana’s underserved families. Her new start-up, Nest Health, focuses on bringing comprehensive healthcare directly to families with at-home and virtual visits. She joins us for more on this program and how she hopes to see it expand across the state. The Grammy-award winning Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) is gearing up for its inaugural Juneteenth concert. The event will honor the holiday that celebrates the liberation from slavery with Bla ..read more
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Sec. of State Nancy Landry on changes to La.’s voting systems; Juneteenth celebration at Whitney Plantation
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by Alana Schreiber
1w ago
It’s an election year, and lawmakers in Baton Rouge spent a lot of time this spring discussing ways to change Louisiana’s voting system. One driving force behind a lot of the discussion was Secretary of State Nancy Landry.  Landry, a Republican, has said that Louisiana elections are secure and well-run. Still she supported over 11 bills this session as part of her ‘election integrity package’, that include a ban on ranked-choice voting, tighter rules around absentee ballots and the creation of a new ‘division of election integrity’ within her department. She joins us for more on how these ..read more
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In honor of Pride, a look back at key moments in Louisiana LGBTQ+ history
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by WWNO/WRKF Newsroom
1w ago
It’s pride month, and this weekend, New Orleans has no shortage of events, including “gay ghost tours,” Black queer fests and a parade. In Baton Rouge, Pride Fest is coming on June 29, featuring a slew of performances at the Raising Cane’s River Center.  But this month also a time of remembrance for darker chapters in Louisiana’s queer history. In June of 1973, a fire at the UpStairs Lounge – a gay bar in New Orleans’ French quarter – took the lives of 32 people. It was the largest mass killing of LGBTQ people at the time. Last year, Louisiana Considered’s Alana Schreiber spoke with loca ..read more
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Houma hosts first annual Gospel Fest; Louisiana could see another record hot summer
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by WWNO/WRKF Newsroom
1w ago
It’s Thursday, and it’s time for The Week in Politics. Joining us is Stephanie Grace, editorial director and columnist for the Times Picayune/The Advocate. This week, we recap the biggest pieces of legislation passed during the latest legislative session. Lawmakers limited access to abortion medications, gave the governor’s office more power and rewrote rules regulating the insurance industry, among other big changes. Houma will host its first annual summer Gospel Fest on June 8. The event will be run by the New Zion Baptist Church and feature choirs from around Terrebonne Parish and other par ..read more
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Road to Rickwood: Church Pews and Bleachers
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by Alana Schreiber
1w ago
The 1940s are the heyday for Black baseball in Alabama, the peak of the Negro Leagues – starring a high schooler named Willie Mays. But when the Major Leagues integrate, Black teams everywhere start to fold. On this episode, host Roy Wood Jr. speaks with surviving players from the Birmingham Black Barons about the soaring highs and painful lows of Negro League baseball in Alabama. Roy also explores the struggle for equality and human rights in Birmingham that served as the backdrop of this era. We see how these communities and stories overlap, and how the effort to uphold segregation leads to ..read more
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New Orleans’ Living School closes its doors; Shakespeare Festival kicks off at Tulane
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by Alana Schreiber
1w ago
At least two charter schools in New Orleans held their final graduations this past spring. One of them - the Living School in New Orleans East - was known for its unique approach to education. Instead of focusing on test scores, it promoted equity, community and project-based learning. But state assessments recently gave the school an “F” ranking on standardized tests.  Still, leaders and parents of students have fought to keep it open. Reporter Nate Ha covered that fight - and joins us for more about the school.  The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane is presenting “The Comp ..read more
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Tunica-Biloxi Tribe works to spur economic growth; concerns over aging fishermen; La. aviation history
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by WWNO/WRKF Newsroom
1w ago
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Marksville is gearing up for their third annual Louisiana Rural and Economic Development Summit in Marksville, Louisiana. At this summer’s LaRuE summit, industry leaders, business professionals, and experts in agriculture and technology will gather to discuss the challenges facing rural communities – with the goal of building more partnerships between agencies and Native American tribes. Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Marshall Pierite joins us for more on this summit and what he hopes it can accomplish. Louisiana is the country's second largest seafood producer ..read more
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Sea Change: Redfish Blues Part 2
Louisiana Considered Podcast
by Alana Schreiber
2w ago
Today on Louisiana Considered, we hear the second part of the latest episode of Sea Change: Redfish Blues. We learn the story of the red drum, better known as the classic redfish, and whether the decline of this fish is a warning of a bigger collapse. This episode was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an independent, nonprofit news organization. This episode was reported and hosted by Boyce Upholt. Halle Parker introduces the show. The episode was edited by Carlyle Calhoun and Morgan Springer. Our managing producer is Carlyle Calhoun. Emily Jankowski ..read more
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