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Louisiana: The State We're In - Season 28 »»»

SWI 2801 September 3, 2004

Robyn Ekings looks at the higher education system in Louisiana and the high number of four-year universities in the state. Kevin Gautreaux travels to Woodson Middle School in New Orleans where boys and girls now attend separate classes. Dorothy Kendrick examines a new state law to get deadbeat moms and dads to pay child support. Randy LaBauve visits Alexandria to see the new CENLAQ Performing Arts Theatre.

SWI 2802 September 10, 2004

Robyn Ekings looks at the difficulty in selecting juries for high profile cases such as that of alleged serial killer Derek Todd Lee. Charlie Whinham looks at efforts in the state to get young people to register to vote. He also visits the Breton Wildlife Refuge in St. Bernard Parish.

SWI 2803 September 17, 2004

Robyn Ekings looks at the Seventh Congressional District Race. Donna LaFleur gives us a tour of a new museum near Shreveport that celebrates rich history of Louisiana's oil industry.

SWI 2804 September 24, 2004

Hurricane Ivan's Evacuations: How was Louisiana affected and how can the state do a better job next time. Gulf Coast Gambling: 12 Years after floating casinos were legalized on the Mississippi Gulf Coast..our neighbours are hitting the economic jackpot. And September is Pain Management month..what is it like to live with chronic pain and what are the new treatments to address the problem?

SWI 2805 October 1, 2004

An in-depth look at the 3rd Congressional District Race. Plus, take a look at the work of Louisiana artist Andrew Jackson Grayson on display at the Schepis Museum in Columbia, Louisiana.

SWI 2806 October 8, 2004

A look at the candidates in the 7th Congressional District race..an update on the TOPS scholarship program and how it's working..a preview of the Celtic Nations Hertitage Festival.

SWI 2807 October 15, 2004

A look at the U.S. Senate race for Senator John Breaux's seat. A preview of next week's Louisiana Public Square/By the People program dealing with national topics such as homeland security, the war in Iraq and American jobs in a global economy. Witness the grand opening of the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in Alexandria.

SWI 2808 October 22, 2004

AConversations with the head of Louisiana's Republican and Democratic Parties about this election season. A wrap up of this week's LPB U.S. Senate debate...and a profile of Shreveport's award winning Rose Garden.

SWI 2809 October 29, 2004

On the campaign trail in the 3rd Congressional District. Also, state test scores -- what grade are Louisiana schools getting for preparing students? A visit to a "friendly" pharmacy where no one is a stranger.

SWI 2810 November 5, 2004

A panel of journalists who were on the frontlines look at this past week's elections.

SWI 2811 November 12, 2004

Take a look at a failing New Orleans school that has been taken over by the state. Hear about a new initiative to attract doctors to rural parishes in Louisiana. Plus, see a preview of Signpost to Freedom: The 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, a new LPB documentary.

SWI 2812 November 19, 2004

Get an update on the continuing work on I-49. Take a tour of the Southern Art Museum. Meet Tom Benson's granddaughter who is working her way up the pro-football management ladder.

SWI 2813 November 26, 2004

The Alexander Mouton House in Lafayette marks its 50th anniversary. Hear about the dangers of mercury in area fish. Also, a historical look at Delta Airlines.

SWI 2814 December 3, 2004

See ancient Indian mounds that are a trail to our state's roots--plus a lure for tourists. Learn about planting "edible landscaping" to help feed the poor and homeless.

SWI 2815 December 10, 2004

A report on the problem of abuse against women in Louisiana. Look at the renovated Louisiana Supreme Court building and revisit famous cases that took place there. Tour the E.D. White Historic Site near Thibodaux, recently reopened after extensive renovations and installations of new exhibits.

SWI 2816 December 17, 2004

I-49...will plans to complete it lead to a tax hike next year? Tripping the light fantastic at a New Orleans Tango Hall. The sweet sound of cajun music from KBON radio in Eunice.

SWI 2817 December 24, 2004

Governor Kathleen Blanco reviews her first year in office.

SWI 2818 December 31, 2004

Look back at 2004 with our Reporters' Roundtable.

SWI 2819 January 7, 2005

The Hotel Bentley in Alexandria closes it's doors...what's next for this central Louisiana historic gem? Visit a geodesic dome in Baton Rouge designed by world reknowned architect Buckminster Fuller...and a state art program dedicated to preserving original Louisiana works.

SWI 2820 January 14, 2005

Take a look at how poverty affects children in schools. Visit Laura Plantation in St. James Parish, where a major fire has not erased memories of our creole past. Celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday through some Louisiana high school students.

SWI 2821 January 21, 2005

Randy LaBauve takes a look at adoptions, and the issue of open vs. closed adoptions. Visit Olla, Louisiana--a town that's dealing with a double disaster, one from Mother Nature, the other from the federal government. Donna LaFleur takes us on a tour of Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport.

SWI 2822 January 28, 2005

Robyn Ekings looks at a review of the death penalty in Louisiana, and why more convicted killers go free than are executed. Charlie Whinham talks to a former policeman turned author who has written about a convicted cop killer in New Orleans.

SWI 2823 February 4, 2005

Fat Tuesday is next week, but the long standing Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras Ball kicked off last weekend. Robyn Ekings takes you inside with an exclusive report from our nation's capitol. Charlie Whinham reports on the historic Capitol House Hotel in Baton Rouge that is making a comeback after decades of neglect.

SWI 2824 February 11, 2005

See how former Louisiana lawmakers are hitting paydirt as Washington lobbyists. Get to know one of Louisiana's musical resources--Marcia Ball. Plus, get a preview of next week's LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE, which examines the pitfalls of our fun-loving lifestyle.

SWI 2825 February 18, 2005

See a report on domestic violence in Louisiana. Hear about a book written by a Louisiana attorney about a former state police commander who closed gambling spots across Louisiana. A renowned scientist and explorers visits Louisiana's disappearing wetlands. Plus, check out another of Louisiana's endangered historical sites: Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette, LA.

SWI 2826 February 25, 2005

Hear how Louisiana Governors wield their power. Visit the Camellia Garden at LSU's Burden Plantation. See another of Louisiana's endangered historical sites: Baskin High School.

SWI 2827 March 4, 2005

An interview with new LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe. Hear about the troubles with Louisiana's sugar industry. Celebrate Southern University's 125th anniversary. Plus, St. John Parish officials work to reopen the historic Godchaux Reserve House.

SWI 2828 March 11, 2005

In the wake of several fatal accidents at unmarked train crossings around the state, what's being done to make them safer? See a report detailing how health insurance does not cover all the expenses in cases of chronic or catastrophic illness leaving middle class insurance holders without any safety net to cover medical bills. Plus, check out a Tibetan Monk photography exhibit at Centenary College in Shreveport.

SWI 2829 March 18, 2005

See an exploration of the controversy surrounding Southern University President Leon Tarver's pay and benefits package when he leaves his post this summer. Visit Shreveport's GM plant where plans for a new Hummer model have kicked into high gear. Check out the Picasso Sculpture Exhibit at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette's Gallery. Preview next week's LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE, which looks at Professional Sports in Louisiana.

SWI 2830 March 25, 2005

The Governor and members of the state's congressional delegation tour Louisiana military bases that could be affected by a planned federal base closure effort. Independent booksellers fight to compete for community support in the face of competition from book superstores and the Internet. Artist Elemore Morgan.

SWI 2831 April 1, 2005

Robyn Ekings takes a look at the hot topics in the upcoming Legislative Session, such as a move to undo the controversial Stelly tax package. See the "Robo Docs' that Tulane Hospital in New Orleans are using in the operating room. Hear about efforts to protect one of the most endangered birds in the country--the red-cockcaded woodpecker.

SWI 2832 April 8, 2005

See an exclusive interview with Governor Kathleen Blanco about the deal she will be putting on the table for the New Orleans Saints. Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business Students analyze the investment potential of Louisiana companies. Plus, a Baton Rouge Priest who celebrated nearly a dozen private masses with Pope John Paul II shares his memories of the pontiff. Artist Walter Anderson Exhibit.

SWI 2833 April 15, 2005

A look at Governor Blanco's sin tax proposal to raise money for teacher salaries...a preview of a plan to revamp Louisiana's high schools...a bountiful crawfish season is upon us...and a steam train tour of Louisiana.

SWI 2834 April 22, 2005

Get a preview of the State Budget and the Legislative Session. Plus, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival makes a comeback after a rocky year in the red. Also, see a preview of Baton Rouge's Red Stick Animation Festival.

SWI 2835 April 29, 2005

Get a wrap-up of the State Legislative Session. Also, we'll have an interview with the Governor's Chief Budget Architect, Commissioner of Administration Jerry Luke LeBlanc and a visit to Jefferson Island where a favorite tourist destination is being restored.

SWI 2836 May 6, 2005

Get a wrap up of the action during week two of the legislative session in Baton Rouge, plus a look at Louisiana's oil and gas industry. With record prices at the pump, why is the state not hitting the jackpot with mineral revenue?

SWI 2837 May 13, 2005

Review of week three of the legislative session plus a look at the 30 million dollar repayment that FEMA is demanding for an apparent spending scandal. Finally, the D-Day Retrospective - view highlights of a D-Day Associated Press photo exhibit.

SWI 2838 May 20, 2005

Get a wrap up of week four of the legislative session in Baton Rouge. View the plight of children who become too old for foster care who are aging out of the system. Visit the Studio in the Woods, a south Louisiana oasis where artists from around the world gather for creative inspiration.

SWI 2839 May 27, 2005

A wrap up of the fifth week of the legislative session, a look at the controversy involving the use of open loop liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals in the gulf, and a visit with world famous artist Robert Raushenberg including his brand new exhibit in Lafayette.

SWI 2840 June 3, 2005

A recap of week six of the legislative session which included "old home week" for some former senators, a trip to the Delta region where daughters of a preacher tell us about civil rights struggles a generation ago, and a visit to Lake Martin to focus on some nature photographers.

SWI 2841 June 10, 2005

We have a round up of the action in the seventh week of the legislative sesseion. Look at how alcolhol, drugs, and nicotine used by pregnant mothers is creating aserious public health problem. Finally, Louisiana's cybress swamps and forests become a battleground for timber interests and conservationists.

SWI 2842 June 17, 2005

A wrap up of week eight of the legislative session includes a look at the Governor's decision to drop her controversial cigarette tax, a celebration in Minden Louisiana for Louisiana born song writer Percy Mayfield, and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame honors Coach Edna "Tiny" Tarbutton and her incredible 218 game winning streak at Baskin High School.

SWI 2843 June 24, 2005

A postmortum on the 2005 legislative session which ended just before the constitutionally required 6:00 pm deadline and a tribute to The Advocate's Anne Price.

SWI 2844 July 1, 2005

A discussion of the Lafayette Broadband debate, the bowling championships, a Louisiana man who restores old Victrolas, and a wrap up with two dozen recent high school graduates who NEVER missed a day of school.

SWI 2845 July 8, 2005

Small wineries in Louisiana say their existence is threatened by a bill that passed the Louisiana Legislature in it's closing weeks. A Baton Rouge business is aiming to be the next Overstock.com. Plus, visit Cajun country and KBON radio.

SWI 2846 July 15, 2005

Visit the Lockheed Martin Michoud Assembly facility for the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Look at efforts to reduce retirement benefits for state employees and teachers. Then, at the New Orleans Museum of Art, see a special exhibit by New Orleans native John Scott.

SWI 2847 July 22, 2005

Louisiana mourns the loss of Secretary of State Fox McKeithen. We'll have a profile plus coverage of his funeral in his hometown of Columbia. Take an old world Gondola ride in New Orleans' City Park. Plus, see an exihibit that tells the story of Oscar Schindler, the German industrialist and rescuer of Jews during the holcaust who was the subject of the film Schindler's List.

"Best of Louisiana: The State We're In"

begins July 29th and runs through the month of August. Replays of favorite stories of the 2004-2005 season.

SWI 2848 July 29, 2005

The spotlight is the Olla tornados -- the storm-ravaged town has waged a losing battle with FEMA for disaster relief funds. Hear about the troubles facing the historic Bentley Hotel. Plus, see a profile of a new program that's providing hope for one of the most endangered birds in the country, the red-cockcaded woodpecker.

SWI 2849 August 5, 2005

See how Shreveport's GM plant has boosted business with the production of the H-3. Hear about CORE, a Shreveport program that treats compulsive gamblers. Also, visit Sci-Port, Shreveport's hi-tech science museum.

SWI 2850 August 12, 2005

See an interview with Governor Kathleen Blanco. The Lafayette native is considered one of the most powerful state CEO's in the nation. Get up close and personal with Lake Charles native Marcia Ball. Also featured is the work of pop painter Robert Rauschenberg at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

SWI 2851 August 19, 2005

Hear about how Tulane MBA students look for "stocks under the rocks," giving financial ratings to successful Louisiana businesses. Heat up the dance floor at a New Orleans tango hall. Also, share the tranquility of an artists' retreat. See an exhibit at the Old Mint in New Orleans that expores the trials and troubles of teen pregnancy.

SWI 2852 August 26, 2005

Hear about efforts to entice doctors to practice in rural Louisiana parishes. Explore the roots of Delta Airlines, a Louisiana born company. See a profile of championship Baskin High School basketball Coach Edna "Tiny" Tarbutton as she wins her place in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Also, the town of Mink gets connected with its first experience with telephone service.

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