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(Newcomer Jessica Raine stars in Call the Midwife.)

Tonight at 9, American Masters examines the life and work of poet/novelist Carl Sandburg, as well as the controversy surrounding him.

Tuesday night, LPB focuses on the timely issue of high school dropouts. At 8, FRONTLINE presents an unforgettable portrait of four students in crisis and the teachers, counselors, and principal waging a daily, personal struggle to get them to graduation. At 10, see an encore showing of Dropout Dilemma: Louisiana's Education Crisis on Louisiana Public Square.

September's Louisiana Public Square program focuses on the more than $4-billion in tax refunds, exclusions, suspensions, and other deductions that the state gives to corporations and individuals. What return is Louisiana getting on this investment? LPB will have an encore showing of this program on Sunday, September 30th at noon.

Thursday night, see one of LPB's newest British dramas, Lark Rise to Candleford. It airs at 9PM on LPB. In this episode, Mrs. Macy's husband escapes from prison, and Laura strikes up a friendship with a gamekeeper from the manor.

Friday night at 7, Charlie and Shauna fill you in on the people, places, things and events going on in our state during the week on Louisiana: The State We're In. At 9, follow the 50-year history of the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition.

Saturday night, LPB gives you two full hours of British comedy, followed by an hour of British science fiction. At 10, Doctor Who arrives at a factory where human doubles are being used to mine dangerous acid.

Sunday night, meet Jenny Lee, a newly-qualified midwife in the East End of London in 1957. Call the Midwife airs at 7. At 8, Masterpiece presents the entire Upstairs, Downstairs, Series I.

SEE TOMMY EMMANUEL IN CONCERT THIS FRIDAY!

Australian guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel is coming back to Baton Rouge and you can see him in concert! Tommy will be performing at Istrouma Baptist Church on Friday, September 28th at 7:30PM.

A $75 contribution to Friends of LPB includes one ticket in the first ten rows and a chance to meet Tommy, plus receive an autographed Tommy Emmanuel CD! For more information, go to the Friends of LPB Box Office.

ELMO IS COMING TO CAJUN COUNTRY!

LPB Elmo Makes Music is coming to the CajunDome in Lafayette! Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover ‘instruments’ they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together.

A $35 contribution to LPB gets you one gold circle seat ticket and a VIP meet & greet pass. A $25 contribution includes one gold circle seat ticket. The concert is Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30 a.m. - the meet and greet with Elmo will be at 9:30 a.m. For more information, go to the Friends of LPB Box Office.

THE PERFECT CHRISTMAS GIFT!

LPB Under the Streetlamp is an electrifying concert of classic hits from the recent leading cast members of the Tony-Award winning musical, Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. These four charismatic and uniquely talented singers deliver the sounds of the sixties in an evening of unforgettable entertainment. LPB is giving you the opportunity to see Under the Streetlamp in concert on Wednesday, December 26th at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans! A $75 contribution to Friends of LPB gets you one orchestra seat ticket and a chance to meet these talented young men. The meet and greet starts at 7PM -- the concert is at 8. Go to LPB's website for all the details.

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE FIRST LPB BRITISH DRAMEDY SOCIETY MEETING!

LPB The LPB British Dramedy Society (formerly the LPB Britcom Club) will have its first meeting on Sunday, October 14th at 2PM. We'll have refreshments, door prizes, and more - maybe even some "Bad British Dramedy Theater!" Stay tuned for more about this event!

A NEW THOMAS & FRIENDS MOVIE!

LPB LPB will have a sneak peak at the new Thomas & Friends Blue Mountain Mystery! All we can give you right now is the date of the preview - Sunday, November 4th. Stay tuned to LPB to find out the details!

LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE TO DISCUSS LOUISIANA’S TAX EXEMPTIONS

LPB Are the more than four billion dollars in tax exemptions and credits given to Louisiana businesses and individuals a good deal for the state? That’s the subject of the September edition of Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s award-winning Louisiana Public Square premiering Wednesday, September 26 at 7PM on LPB, and at 9PM on WLAE-TV32 in New Orleans. It will have an encore showing on LPB on Sunday, September 30 at noon.

A 14-member Revenue Study Commission has begun studying the current system of giving tax breaks. Committee Chairman Representative Joel Robichaux of Lafayette has some specific goals for that committee.

“If we say there’s going to be exemptions that are going to occur into the future and when we do that we need to set sunsets, we need to revisit the issue, we need to require that we have good transparent data so that the Legislature can analyze and evaluate it a few years later,” Robichaux said. “If we can accomplish those kinds of policy changes in the way that exemptions are even given in the first place, I think the commission would have gone a long way in fixing what currently exists as a problem.”
Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moeller said this review is long overdue.

“Once a tax exemption gets on the books it seems it stays there and people forget about it and we think that’s one reason these exemptions have started growing out of control.” Moeller said. “The state general fund budget has been fairly flat over the last few decades but the state tax exemptions budget has grown 167%. We think that just having sunshine on that is going to be a good disinfectant so to speak.”

Louisiana State Economic Development Director Stephen Moret says the current tax system is complicated and needs to be changed:

“I think ending up with a system through tax reform, which the governor says is going to be his number one priority for the next session, that is simpler and fairer and with flatter rates would put us in a better position to pursue economic development for the state of Louisiana,” Moret said.

The panel also included Jason Decuir, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Revenue. Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Robert Travis Scott was the guest moderator for the program which was recorded September 20.

Fourteen average citizens got a chance to express their opinions about the issue and question the panel.

The program will be simulcast on KRVS-FM in Lafayette and air on Thursday, September 27 at 7PM on WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge.

BID NOW & BID OFTEN!

Thank you to everyone who came to LPB Art Rocks Friday evening at the LPB studios! Bidding is now open on the hundreds of fabulous artworks donated to Friends of LPB. Get your bid in now.
The 2012 LPB Art & Travel Auction airs live on LPB on Thursday, October 25th from 7 to 10PM. WLAE in New Orleans will join in from 8 to 10PM.

Thank you to our 2012 Auction Sponsors:
Louisiana State Museum
Jeff & Lynne Pisto
Capital One Bank
Best Western Richmond Inn & Suites
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Baxter
Alexandria Museum of Art
Baton Rouge Coca Cola
Heirloom Cuisine
Fleur Du Jour
Country Roads

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September 24-30, 2012

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