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August 29, 2014
LSWI3751 - August 29, 2014
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Election Count Down, Election Low Down, Come to Kisatchie!

Election Count Down (4:44) With Louisiana potentially being the last state in the country to vote in the December runoff elections, the Bayou state could decide which political party controls the U.S. Senate. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says Louisiana can’t afford any voting glitches and his office is meticulously working to make sure there aren’t any problems. Come November, Louisiana voters will decide the fate of some 4400 candidates in more than 2400 races, 108 local propositions and 14 statewide constitutional amendments. Secretary Schedler talks with Shauna Sanford about what voters need to know. SHARE


Election Low Down (9:18) Respected political science professors Dr. Joshua Stokley of UL-Monroe and Dr. Pearson Cross of UL-Lafayette are in the studio for an in-depth discussion on the big races. SHARE




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August 22, 2014
LSWI3750 - August 22, 2014
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Common Core Lawsuit, Film Tax Credits Part 2

Common Core Lawsuit (5:50) Governor Jindal lost another round in court over Common Core. A judge has lifted Jindal’s suspension of the contract to allow an essential test associated with controversial academic standards. Ken Campbell of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and Steve Monaghan with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers will join us in studio with a breakdown of the case. SHARE


Film Tax Credits Part 2 (18:36) We’ve heard why actor John Schneider is such a big fan of the state’s film tax credit program. It is helping his new studio in Holden, Louisiana, to flourish. But critics warn the program is much too expensive for taxpayers. Shauna Sanford has reaction from industry executives. SHARE




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August 15, 2014
LSWI3749 - August 15, 2014
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Depression: Signs and Treatment, Actor John Schneider’s new movie studio in Louisiana, Journey of the Dance

Depression: Signs and Treatment (05:03) The shocking death of actor and comedian Robin Williams has brought the serious disease of depression to the forefront. This week we will talk about what it really is and isn’t and how we can all become more sensitive to the warning signs. SHARE


Actor John Schneider’s new movie studio in Louisiana (13:00) From the Dukes of Hazzard to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman to Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots, actor and filmmaker John Schneider has traded the Hills of Hollywood for the bayous of Louisiana. Thanks to the film tax credits and the state’s beautiful scenery he is creating a haven for independent filmmakers. Shauna Sanford will have his story this week. SHARE


Journey of the Dance (20:12) Enjoy and learn two classic dance forms, flamenco from southern Spain and kathak of northern India that were showcased recently in Louisiana. Even though thousands of miles separate these countries, see how the two styles share a common bond. It’s a story featured recently on LPB’s weekly series “Art Rocks!” SHARE




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August 8, 2014
LSWI3748 - August 8, 2014
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The Immigration Crisis and the Impact on Louisiana, The Annual Feast of the Assumption

The Immigration Crisis and the Impact on Louisiana () It has been reported that more than one thousand immigrant children are living in Louisiana but authorities don’t know where. Governor Bobby Jindal traveled to the Texas-Mexico border this week as some state lawmakers charge the federal government with secretly transporting illegal aliens to various states. What’s happening on the border and how is it affecting Louisiana? State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson traveled with the governor and will share what he witnessed, plus Shauna Sanford talks with State Representative Valerie Hodges and Loyola Law Professor Isabel Medina. SHARE


The Annual Feast of the Assumption () As the Annual Feast of the Assumption approaches one of the smallest churches in the world, which happens to be in Louisiana, prepares to celebrate. Charlie Whinham travels to Bayou Goula for the story that began over 200 years ago when thousands of Italian immigrants made their way to Louisiana. SHARE




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August 1, 2014
LSWI3747 - August 1, 2014
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BESE Sues Governor Bobby Jindal, Boy Scouts Adventure Camp in Louisiana

BESE Sues Governor Bobby Jindal (04:47) The controversy over Common Core intensifies now that the state’s top school board has joined a lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal. Jindal has responded with more legal action. BESE President Chas Roemer and Kenneth Campbell of the Black Alliance for Educational Options are going against Jindal and will be in studio with details. SHARE


Boy Scouts Adventure Camp in Louisiana (18:34) Hundreds of Boy Scouts from across the nation traveled to the Atchafalaya swamp this summer for an adventure of a lifetime. The Atchafalaya Swamp Base Adventure Trek includes camping and kayaking over sixty miles in the swamps in one week. As Charlie Whinham explains, the goal is to have fun, learn the importance of conservation and earn one of the coolest patches in scouting today. SHARE




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July 25, 2014
LSWI3746 - July 25, 2014
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A measure to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in Baton Rouge went nowhere after more than three hours of debate. This week we talk with Councilwoman Denise Marcelle who authored the “Fairness Ordinance” and Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum who fought against it. How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others? A California stabbing and shooting spree in May has renewed the debate over how and whether to require people with serious mental illness to receive psychiatric care. We preview this month topic of Louisiana Public Square entitled “Defining Dangerous.”

Fairness Ordinance (4:23) A measure to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in Baton Rouge went nowhere after more than three hours of debate. This week we talk with Councilwoman Denise Marcelle who authored the “Fairness Ordinance” and Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum who fought against it. SHARE


Defining Dangerous (19:17) How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others? A California stabbing and shooting spree in May has renewed the debate over how and whether to require people with serious mental illness to receive psychiatric care. We preview this month topic of Louisiana Public Square entitled “Defining Dangerous.” SHARE




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July 18, 2014
LSWI3745 - July 18, 2014
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Common Core Update, St. George Incorporation Effort

Common Core Update (04:29) School is just a few weeks away. Gov. Jindal and leaders of the Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) have not come to an agreement regarding Common Core test plans in Louisiana for this school year. BESE President Chas Roemer and Barry Erwin with Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) what the latest developments mean for students and teachers this school year. SHARE


St. George Incorporation Effort (13:55) The proposed pullout of St. George from the city of Baton Rouge was the focus of a PBS Frontline documentary this week called “Separate and Unequal.” It has sparked great debates about the impact of school desegregation. Hear the major players on both sides of the issue respond to the documentary and speak out on the current state of public education from LPB’s special “Breaking Away.” SHARE




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July 11, 2014
LSWI3744 - July 11, 2014
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St. George Debate Goes National, Skin Cancer, B.R. Irish Film Fest Preview

City of St. George Debate Goes National () The vigorous and passionate debate over the proposed pullout of St. George from the city of Baton Rouge is captured in the provocative PBS FRONTLINE documentary Separate and Unequal. This is not something unique to Louisiana but Baton Rouge was of particular interest due to its history of having the longest running desegregation case in the country. What does the St. George movement say about race, class and public education? Producer Mary Robertson spent nearly a year meeting with and interviewing the major players on both sides of this controversial issue. She talks candidly with Shauna Sanford about the unlimited access she was given and the difficult questions that this unfolding story raises. SHARE


Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield () Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Be informed and stay safe as Dr. Rani Whitfield offers tips on how to protect you and your family this summer. SHARE


BR Irish Film Fest Preview () Ireland comes to Baton Rouge for the 6th annual Irish Film Festival beginning next week. What started as a “wee” film festival in 2009 has gained momentum and notoriety. LPB has a preview. SHARE




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July 4, 2014
LSWI3743 - July 4, 2014
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Pot or Not?, Louisiana Filmmakers and PBS Online Film Festival, North Toledo Bend State Park

Pot or Not? (05:05) What is Louisiana’s stance on legalized marijuana? While proposals to allow for medical marijuana in Louisiana failed this legislative session, even Governor Bobby Jindal expressed an openness to the idea. Would a reduction in criminal penalties encourage more use or does the state need additional laws in place to combat what some call a “gateway drug.” SHARE


Louisiana Filmmakers and PBS Online Film Festival (12:12) Love stories never get old and although many movies have been made around that central theme, there are still many more stories to be told. One of the latest is by three young Louisiana actors who have created a moving tribute that shows one man’s journey from heartbreak to hope. As Shauna Sanford reports, it’s part of the PBS Online Film Festival and your vote could put it over the top. SHARE


North Toledo Bend State Park (18:30) Looking for a 4th of July vacation spot? Consider the Toledo Bend Reservoir along the Louisiana/Texas border. Created in 1966, Toledo Bend Reservoir is the largest manmade body of water in the South and 5th largest in the country. Charlie Whinham takes us on a tour to the North Toledo Bend State Park and discovers plenty of fabulous fish stories that are actually true. SHARE




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June 27, 2014
LSWI3742 - June 20, 2014
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Hot Topics Following the Regular Session – Part 2 and Poverty Point Gains United Nations Status

Hot Topics Following the Regular Session – Part 2 (3:38) The debate gets hotter as Governor Bobby Jindal makes moves to officially end the Common Core standards in Louisiana. It was one of the biggest issues state lawmakers took on during the legislative session along with pro-life bills and the coastal lawsuit against 97 oil companies. We’ve heard from legislators now we hear from some of the people on the front lines of those major issues. Part Two includes Slidell High School English teacher and Common Core opponent Mercedes Schneider. She is also the author of “A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Public Education”. Other guests include Benjamin Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life and John Barry with Restore Louisiana Now. SHARE


Poverty Point Gains United Nations Status (18:36) Northeast Louisiana’s Poverty Point Historical Site includes groupings of 3500 year old earthen mounds that now share the same distinction as the Great Wall of China, England’s Stonehenge and the Pyramids in Egypt. “This is huge,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne tells Charlie Whinham regarding the site being named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This seven-year, statewide effort for United Nations status is a story LPB has been following every step of the way. Learn more about the largest and most complex U.S. archaeological site. SHARE




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June 20, 2014
LSWI3741 - June 20, 2014
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Hot Topics Following the Regular Session, Breathe Easy Concert Series, and Prescription for Health

Hot Topics Following the Regular Session (3:33) The debate over Common Core gets hotter as Governor Bobby Jindal makes moves to officially end the tougher standards in Louisiana. It was one of the biggest issues state lawmakers took on during the legislative session along with pro-life bills and the coastal lawsuit against 97 oil companies. We’ve heard from legislators now we hear from some of the people on the front lines of those major issues. Part one includes Barry Erwin of CABL, Raegan Carter of Planned Parenthood and Lauren Chauvin of The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. SHARE


Breathe Easy Concert Series (17:00) Smoke free concert venues are becoming more popular across the nation. The Breathe Easy Statewide Concert Series comes to Baton Rouge as the group U4ria performs this weekend at The Varsity Theatre. SHARE


Prescription for Health (19:49) LPB’s Prescription for Health host and U4ria band member Dr. Rani Whitfield joins Quanda Charles with the Louisiana Campaign for tobacco free living to discuss the importance of addressing second hand smoke in the workplace. SHARE




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June 13, 2014
LSWI3740 - June 13, 2014
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End of Session Special Report – Part 2 (June 13, 2014) - The regular session at the state capitol wrapped up last week. LPB talks in-depth with lawmakers on the three month session. In Part Two of our special report, Charlie Whinham talks with south Louisiana lawmakers including: Rep. Terry Landry (D-New Iberia), Rep. Karen St. Germain (D-Pierre Part), Rep. Dee Richard (I-Thibodaux), Sen. Conrad Appel (R-Metairie), Rep. Vincent Pierre (D-Lafayette) and Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge).


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Representative Rob Shadoin (R) Ruston
LSWI37EXTRA - June 13, 2014
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Special Web Edition: 2014 Legislative Interviews: Representative Rob Shadoin (R) Ruston


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Representative Sherman Mack (R) Livingston
LSWI37EXTRA - June 13, 2014
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Special Web Edition: 2014 Legislative Interviews: Representative Sherman Mack (R) Livingston


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Senator Rick Gallot (D) Ruston
LSWI37EXTRA - June 13, 2014
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Special Web Edition: 2014 Legislative Interviews: Senator Rick Gallot (D) Ruston


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June 6, 2014
LSWI3739 - June 6, 2014
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End of Session Special Report – Part 1 (June 6, 2014) - The regular session at the state capitol wrapped up this week. LPB talks in-depth with lawmakers on the three month session. In Part One of our special report, Shauna Sanford talks with north and central Louisiana lawmakers including: Rep. Jim Fannin (R-Jonesboro), Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), Sen. Greg Tarver (D-Shreveport), Sen. Robert Adley (R-Benton), Sen. Francis Thompson (D-Delhi), Rep. Joe Harrison (R-Gray) and Rep. Kenneth Cox (D-Natchitoches).


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May 30, 2014
LSWI3738 - May 30, 2014
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Legislative Recap, Louisiana Job Market 2014, Remembering John Maginnis

Legislative Recap (3:52) It’s the final week of the legislative session and state lawmakers plan to work through the weekend to meet the June 2nd deadline when it all has to come to an end. This week, there was a big push to approve the multi- billion dollar spending plan for public schools that has caused sparks to fly between some lawmakers and members of the state’s top school board. Plus, the state budget made it through the full senate but still has a long way to go. Shauna Sanford will have the highlights in our legislative recap. SHARE


Louisiana Job Market 2014 (9:37) Louisiana’s job market ranks among the best in the country but there is concern about whether there’s a well trained workforce to fill thousands of positions in the petrochemical and manufacturing industries. State lawmakers are addressing the issue and this month, Louisiana Public Square explores the state’s job growth and what it means for this year’s graduates and returning veterans looking for employment. SHARE


Remembering John Maginnis (17:04) John Maginnis, political columnist and publisher of LaPolitics Weekly passed away this week at the age of 66 after battling serious health issues. Word of his death left many shocked and saddened. LPB pays tribute to a journalist and author who combined charm, drive and intellect to weave some of the best political stories of our time. SHARE




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May 23, 2014
LSWI3737 - May 23, 2014
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Legislative Wrap, In Depth with Reps. Lambert and Williams, Three Cheers for “Penu” Green

Legislative Wrap (06:18) Lawmakers are busy at the capitol as the legislative session wraps up in a little over a week. A house committee voted to kill a lawsuit by the Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East that was suing 97 oil and gas companies for environmental damages. One abortion bill passed by the full house could lead to the closure to three of five abortion clinics in the state. And, will a ten percent cut across the board on consulting contracts help the state budget? Charlie Whinham recaps the week at the capitol. SHARE


In Depth with Reps. Lambert and Williams (13:13) Rep. Eddie Lambert (R-Gonzales) and Rep. Alfred Williams (D-Baton Rouge) are in the studio to discuss the latest activities at the capitol and what lies ahead in the final days of the legislative session. SHARE


Three Cheers for “Penu” Green (20:56) As a tribute to this Memorial Day weekend, we share a story LPB first aired last fall. What began as a 12-year-old girl’s request to see her grandfather’s gravesite revealed the story of a WWII hero. Marine Cpl. James W. Green died in 1974 and he was a member of the Montford Point Marines. Charlie Whinham explains how a Louisiana family uncovered Green’s heroic story that would end with receiving the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. SHARE




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May 16, 2014
LSWI3736 - May 16, 2014
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This Week at the Capitol, In-depth with Reps. St. Germain and Foil, Don Vappie and Friends

This Week at the Capitol (1:39) Should sex education be taught in public schools? State lawmakers battled out the issue as supporters and opponents made their case for and against it this week at the capitol. Also in the agenda, the push to pay down the multibillion dollars state debt known as the unfunded accrued liability. But it would require charter schools to pay up in a way that they currently are not. Who prevailed? Shauna Sanford will have that story and more in this week’s legislative recap. SHARE


In-depth with Reps. St. Germain and Foil (8:27) Rep. Karen St. Germain (D-Plaquemine) and Rep. Franklin Foil (R-Baton Rouge) share perspectives from both parties on some of the top issues lawmakers are facing and what the last few weeks of the regular session may hold. SHARE


Don Vappie and Friends (19:05) LPB recently premiered “Art Rocks! The Series” that celebrates the flourishing arts scene in Louisiana every weekend. Creole Jazz musician Don Vappie and friends stopped by the studio to play his original blend of music. Vappie was featured in a 2009 PBS documentary “American Creole: New Orleans Reunion.” “Art Rocks! The Series” airs Saturdays at 5:30pm and encores Sundays at 4:00pm. SHARE




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May 9, 2014
LSWI3735 - May 9, 2014
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Legislative Wrap, Interview Segment, Louisiana Legend Dale Brown

Legislative Wrap (1:34) Lawmakers are in the final month of the regular session and the activity is picking up at the Capitol. The House is working on the state’s $25 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1st. One possible budgetary concern revolves around the federal government rejecting the state’s privatization plan for six hospitals across Louisiana. Bogalusa Senator Ben Nevers (D-Bogalusa) is now backing Governor Jindal’s alternative to Obamacare after his legislation supporting Medicaid expansion failed in committee. Charlie Whinham has LPB’s weekly recap. SHARE


Interview Segment (7:23) Rep. Steve Carter, (R) Baton Rouge, and Rep. Stephen Ortego, (D) Carencro discussed the House version of the state Budget Bill and where things stand at this point in the legislative session. SHARE


Louisiana Legend Dale Brown (16:19) Legendary LSU basketball coach Dale Brown is one of five individuals to be honored this week as a Louisiana Legend. This year’s other Louisiana Legends include former Louisiana Governor Mike Foster, blues musician Buddy Guy, civic activist Mary Frey Eaton and innovative rice producer W. Elton Kennedy. Tonight we profile Coach Brown, who led the Tigers for a quarter century and took LSU to a pair of Final Four appearances. SHARE




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May 2, 2014
LSWI3734 - May 2, 2012
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May 2, 2014 - This Week at the Capitol, The Leader of the Band, Prescription for Health

This Week at the Capitol (1:24) Medical marijuana has been legal in Louisiana since 1978, but even if you have a prescription for it you can’t get it filled. Why not? The state has never set up the process to dispense or purchase it. A bill by one senator seeks to change that but it was met with strong opposition this week at the capitol. Also, lawmakers take moves to stop parents from fighting with the referees at their children’s ball games when they disagree with a call. Shauna Sanford will have highlights from the session. SHARE


The Leader of the Band (8:39) LPB pays tribute to legendary Southern University band director Dr. Isaac Greggs, who passed away Monday at the age of 85. SHARE


Prescription for Health (15:52) May is Stroke Awareness Month. It is the 4th leading cause of death in the country. Dr. Rani Whitfield shares lifesaving information on how to safeguard yourself against stroke. SHARE




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April 25, 2014
LSWI3733 - April 25, 2014
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This Week at the Capitol, Capitol Topic In-Depth, State Contracts 101

This Week at the Capitol (4:12) Lawmakers reached the half-way point of the 2014 regular session. Some of the topics discussed included whether voters should decide to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, giving Louisiana optometrists more healthcare responsibilities and expanding the use of service dogs to include helping disabled veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. SHARE


Capitol Topic In-Depth (9:23) Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) and Mark Thomas, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Louisiana discuss the failure of Medicaid expansion and what it means. SHARE


State Contracts 101 (17:39) Louisiana has nearly 13,000 active contracts – the majority for $50,000 or more. Will proposed legislation of ten-percent cuts help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder state agencies? This month’s Louisiana Public Square looks at the cost-effectiveness of state contract services. SHARE




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April 18, 2014
LSWI3732 - April 18, 2014
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Week Six at the Capital, The Future of Louisiana’s Military Families, Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield

Week Six at the Capital (3:50) Should K-12 teachers be allowed to carry weapons to school? In the wake of school shootings around the country, one state lawmaker thinks it’s a good idea but his bill was met with tough opposition. Hear the debate over House Bill 707 plus the fight to cut spending of state consulting contracts which the state treasurer claims would generate millions of dollars for higher education. Shauna Sanford has LPB’s weekly recap. SHARE


The Future of Louisiana’s Military Families (9:40) The future of Louisiana’s military bases are being threatened once again as the federal government reviews which bases should be shutdown. Fort Polk Army base, Barksdale Air Force base and the Belle Chase Naval Station are all on the table. More than 350 past closures by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (or BRAC), has led to the emergence of political groups like Barksdale Forward and Fort Polk Progress. As part of this year’s McLeod Lecture Series, Shauna Sanford takes a look at what impact they are having in the fight to save Louisiana’s military installations. SHARE


Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield (16:25) Just how common is autism? The Centers for Disease Control identify one in 68 children on the autism spectrum, which is a ten-fold increase over the last 40 years. Dr. Rani Whitfield is in the studio with LPB’s monthly segment “Prescription for Health.” SHARE




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April 11, 2014
LSWI3731 - April 11, 2014
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Minimum Wage Debate, Week Five at the Capitol, Southern University Celebrates Centennial

Minimum Wage Debate (01:11) State Lawmakers battle it out over whether to increase the minimum wage and we will hear from both sides of this hot button issue. Erika Zucker with the Workplace Justice Project at Loyola University Law School says it should be higher, but Dawn Starns with the National Federation of Independent Business says an increase in the minimum wage will cause big problems for small businesses. SHARE


Week Five at the Capitol (11:49) Some of the topics considered by lawmakers this week included regulating unmanned drone flights over petro-chemical plants and water facilities, whether to elect a state superintendent of education and text book choice in public schools. Charlie Whinham has the weekly legislative recap. SHARE


Southern University Celebrates Centennial (18:24) As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Southern University is celebrating 100 years of being located on what has been described as one of the most beautiful sites in the capital city. But the story of how it got there is far from serene. It’s filled with racial tension and backlash. In fact, re-locating from New Orleans to Scott’s Bluff was an accident. Shauna Sanford shares the university’s history of overcoming major obstacles just to open its doors to the current struggles it is still facing today. SHARE




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April 4, 2014
LSWI3730 - April 4, 2014
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April 4, 2014 - Common Core Debate, Legislative Wrap - Week 4, Swamp Pop in Bottles, Welcome Home Soldiers

Common Core Debate (01:04) The topic gaining the most attention at the capitol this week concerned Common Core. Louisiana is one of 45 states to adopt Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts, the first-ever national academic standards. Critics say the standards are untested and poorly implemented. Supporters say it will increase rigor and help students learn what they need to succeed. We will have an in-depth discussion to hear both sides. SHARE


Legislative Wrap - Week 4 (13:35) As the first month of the three month regular session wraps up at the capitol, lawmakers considered issues on predatory payday lending practices and fair housing measures for the LGBT community. Shauna Sanford recaps Week 4 of the regular session at the state capitol. SHARE


Swamp Pop in Bottles (18:29) There is a new soda line hitting the market that is going “old school” by using Louisiana cane sugar. The creators of Swamp Pop crafted Louisiana flavors of Satsuma Fizz, Praline Cream Soda , Noble Cane Cola and Jean Lafitte Ginger Ale. Lafayette cousins John Petersen and Collin Cormier are enjoying early success and tell Charlie Whinham they’re surprised no one else came up with the idea before. SHARE


Welcome Home Soldiers (25:25) Thursday at Fort Polk, over twelve hundred soldiers returned home from a nine month deployment to Afghanistan. SHARE




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March 28, 2014
LSWI3729 - March 28, 2014
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Legislative Week in Review, Louisiana’s Minimum Wage Debate, Boot Camp is Fun

Louisiana’s Minimum Wage Debate (01:19) The showdown over whether Louisiana should establish a minimum wage happens at the state capitol in just a couple of weeks. This hot button issue has supporters and opponents fiercely fighting for their side. The governor opposes it, but several bills have been filed to make it law. Where do you stand? Hear both sides this week with Erika Zucker of the Workplace Justice Project and Renee Amar of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. SHARE


Legislative Week in Review (11:32) Week 3 of the regular session included members of AARP and Together Louisiana meeting with lawmakers to address predatory lending practices. Rep. Mike Huval (R-Breaux Bridge) wants to ban drivers using hand held cell phones and Rep. Steve Pylant (R-Winnsboro) hopes to combat small town speed traps by alerting motorists with a flashing “Speed Trap Ahead” sign. Charlie Whinham reviews this week at the capitol. SHARE


Boot Camp is Fun (17:03) What is leading hundreds of people to Brusly High School every week? It is a fast paced, exciting hour of boot camp that is physically challenging and spiritually uplifting. Hard to imagine? You have to see it to believe it. Led by Coach Shaeeta Williams, people of all races, ages and fitness levels travel from near and far to her class that started with six and in a short time has grown to well over 700. Shauna Sanford introduces us to the class and the woman who is imparting knowledge and impacting the community in ways no one ever expected. SHARE




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March 21, 2014
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March 21, 2014 - Week Two at the Capitol, Abortion Debate

Week Two at the Capitol (03:20) Topics discussed by lawmakers this week at the regular session included the annual budget for state tourism, possible funding cuts for Fort Polk, and debate on an abortion bill. Shauna Sanford has the latest from the State Capitol. SHARE


Abortion Debate (11:17) We take a closer look at HB 388 sponsored by Rep. Katrina Jackson (D-Monroe). “The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” would require physicians who perform abortions to have active admitting privileges to a hospital that provide OB/GYN services within 30 miles. Opponents say the bill is unnecessary. SHARE




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March 14, 2014
LSWI3727 - March 14, 2014
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March 14, 2014 - Balancing the State Budget, Legislative Recap – Week One, Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield, Happy St. Patty’s Weekend!

Balancing the State Budget (03:31) State lawmakers have a difficult task ahead of them as they delve into the multi-billion dollar spending plan proposed by the governor. The process is complicated and legislators learned this week that an $87 million dollar shortfall has been projected before the fiscal year ends on June 30th. Will lawmakers find the money and where will it come from? Shauna Sanford talks with experts to help explain the intricate process of balancing the state budget. SHARE


Legislative Recap – Week One (10:12) Governor Bobby Jindal opened the 2014 Legislative session pushing tort reform, increased funding for higher education and combating human sex trafficking. Opponents call his agenda light and Rep. Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) said the governor’s budget plan is a complete farce. Charlie Whinham recaps Week One at the capitol. SHARE


Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield (16:19) Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. The disease is rare in men, but it does happen. Researchers estimate over 2,300 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Survivor Charles Cooper joins Dr. Rani Whitfield to discuss this deadly disease. SHARE


Happy St. Patty’s Weekend (23:21) Enjoy this video postcard from LPB videographer Rex Q. Fortenberry after returning from the Wicklow Mountains National Park in Ireland, located south of Dublin. SHARE




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Remembering Anne Price
Remembering Anne Price - March 7, 2014
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LPB wishes to acknowledge the passing of long time journalist Anne Price who worked nearly 70 years for The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge. Price died Wednesday at the age of 91. She covered state politics and was president of The Capitol Correspondents Association. In 2005 LPB produced a tribute on her outstanding career in journalism.


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March 7, 2014
LSWI3726 - March 7, 2014
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March 7, 2014 - Legislative Preview, Green Army Fighting for the Environment, Legislators Weigh in on Session, Louisiana Historian Key to “12 Years a Slave” Success

Legislative Preview (0:40) PAR President Robert Travis Scott talks with Charlie Whinham for an overview of topics lawmakers will be facing including the debate on Common Core, higher education funding, Medicaid expansion and balancing the budget. SHARE


Green Army Fighting for the Environment (5:17) Known for our festivals, a new one has been added to the lineup, the Louisiana Water Festival. But this is not about passing a good time. This festival will shed light on a common concern statewide, the safety of drinking water. Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore and his Green Army have put together an ambitious legislative agenda that addresses everything from the Department of Natural Resources, to lawmakers working in the oil and gas industry who push legislation favoring the industry, to monitoring the health of residents living near chemical and industrial plants. Shauna Sanford talks with the General this week. SHARE


Legislators Weigh in on Session (10:22) Rep. Steve Carter (R-Baton Rouge) and Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) discuss the upcoming session with co-hosts Shauna Sanford and Charlie Whinham. SHARE


Louisiana Historian Key to “12 Years a Slave” Success (19:26) Director Steve McQueen praised Louisiana historian Dr. Sue Eakin this week when his film “12 Years a Slave” won the Oscar for best picture. Dr. Eakin spent her life making certain the story by Solomon Northup would not be forgotten. Last fall, Eakin’s son Frank, along with Oscar winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. attended the Louisiana Book Festival to discuss Northup’s 1853 memoir and Dr. Eakin’s passion to keep his story alive. SHARE




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February 28, 2014
LSWI3725 - February 28, 2014
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February 28, 2014 - Energy’s Environmental Footprint, Pioneering Black Nurses, Smoking Cessation Trust

Energy’s Environmental Footprint (4:42) Does environmental protection and energy needs co-exist in Louisiana well? It’s this month’s topic on Louisiana Public Square. A current lawsuit contends that the actions of 97 oil and gas companies have damaged Louisiana’s wetlands and threatens flood protection. Industry leaders say its practices were legal at the time and a surge in lawsuits is driving investors away from Louisiana. SHARE


Pioneering Black Nurses (12:56) As we recognize Black History Month, Shauna Sanford takes a look back at the pioneering women who were some of the first Black nurses in Louisiana. The first black nurses who worked at the Baton Rouge General Hospital worked tirelessly to take care of their patients and break the color barrier. All Black nurses and patients were relegated to one unit called “Four South.” SHARE


Smoking Cessation Trust (20:54) If you want to quit smoking but had little success, you may be in luck. A program being offered by the Smoking Cessation Trust is free to thousands of Louisiana smokers. SCT Executive Director Mike Rogers says it’s one of the state’s best kept secrets around and is getting the word out. SHARE




Below is the complete statement provided on behalf of the hospital:

Baton Rouge General acknowledges the 1950’s as an undeniably difficult time period when our entire nation struggled with embracing diversity in our communities, schools, and hospitals. These circumstances reflect a regrettable past for human kind – a time that communities have worked so tirelessly to reverse.

Today, Baton Rouge General shines forth in a new era – an era where diversity is a glowing point of pride. Recognized for embracing diversity at every level of our organization, Baton Rouge General’s nurses and entire staff reflect the communities we so humbly serve.

The General’s faith-based legacy spans more than a century, and its circle of caregivers includes thousands of diverse men and women who have devoted their hearts and minds to the ideals of providing exceptional, compassionate care and healing to those suffering from illness and injury. Our hospital extends unending gratitude to these women, and all our fellow caregivers, past and present, who have selflessly dedicated careers to improving lives and strengthening our community – the mission that defines Baton Rouge General today.

Maryann Rowland
Marketing and Public Relations Specialist
Baton Rouge General Medical Center

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February 21, 2014
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February 21, 2014 - Abortion Debate, LSU Eunice - Tobacco Free Campus, Together Louisiana Prepares for Legislative Session

Abortion Debate (04:41) Abortion rights advocates are claiming a victory now that the Department of Health and Hospitals has pulled it’s revisions of the rules and regulations concerning abortion clinics. But what prompted the changes in the first place? A bill by Representative Valerie Hodges was cited as one reason but Representative Hodges says one has nothing to do with the other. Shauna Sanford talks with abortion rights advocates and Representative Hodges about what happened and where the state should go from here. SHARE


LSU Eunice - Tobacco Free Campus (12:30) The campus of roughly 3,000 college students in Eunice is the first in the LSU system to go completely tobacco free. That means no smoking, dipping or chewing tobacco products anywhere on campus. Charlie Whinham looks at how LSUE has taken the lead role. SHARE


Together Louisiana Prepares for Legislative Session (18:41) Grassroots organization “Together Louisiana” is compiling a list of important issues to address for the upcoming legislative session. Payday lending reform, Medicaid expansion, wetlands issues and mass incarceration are just some of the topics on their list. The legislative session begins March 10th. SHARE




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February 14, 2014
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February 14, 2014 - British Ambassador Visits Louisiana, Antiques Roadshow Premieres from Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Only World Series

British Ambassador Visits Louisiana (5:04) Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States visited Louisiana recently to talk with business and political leaders. Ambassador Westmacott also sat down with LPB President Beth Courtney to discuss trade discussions between the UK and US, foreign policy issues and the civil litigation and settlements following the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. SHARE


Antiques Roadshow Premieres from Baton Rouge (9:57) Beginning Monday, February 17, Louisiana shines in the national spotlight for the first of three episodes of “Antiques Roadshow.” LPB has an exclusive look behind the scenes during last summer’s taping at the Baton Rouge River Center. SHARE


Louisiana’s Only World Series (17:44) LPB reflects on Black History Month and the start of another baseball season. Monroe is the only city in Louisiana to have ever hosted a professional baseball world series. In 1932, the Monroe Monarchs hosted Satchel Paige and the Pittsburgh Crawfords in the Negro League World Series. Charlie Whinham uncovers this baseball gem with the help of two north Louisiana natives. SHARE




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February 7, 2014
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February 7, 2014

Edwin Edwards Charity Roast (04:39) Over 600 people gathered in Monroe to attend a charity roast of former Governor Edwin Edwards. The banquet was a fund raiser for the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum. Charlie Whinham reports Governor Edwards, as well as his roasters, kept the audience laughing all night. SHARE


21st Century Cartoonist (12:33) The occupation of a newspaper editorial cartoonist has been going the way of the dinosaur, but not in Louisiana. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Walt Handlesman found his way back to the state and is thriving for the Baton Rouge & New Orleans Advocate. Shauna Sanford show us how he is bringing his animation to life. SHARE


Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield (19:07) Do you know Life’s Simple 7? It is the recommended steps to promote a healthy heart. February is American Heart Month. Stasha Rhodes of the American Heart Association joins Dr. Whitfield, along with state Senator John Smith of Leesville, who successfully underwent triple by-pass surgery. SHARE




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January 31, 2014
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January 31, 2014, Human Trafficking, Louisiana Winter Weather, Tax Season Begins

Human Trafficking (5:24) Human trafficking is a difficult subject to address, but Louisiana has many efforts underway to stop this crime. Shauna Sanford shows us how one non-profit group is opening the first home in the state dedicated to the rehabilitation of underage female victims of sex trafficking. SHARE


Louisiana Winter Weather (12:55) Many parts of Louisiana fell under winter weather advisories and warnings for the second time in two weeks. While officials in Atlanta appeared to be caught by surprise, Louisiana fared much better. Charlie Whinham explains part of that is due to the coordinated preparation efforts taken by state and local agencies. SHARE


Tax Season Begins (18:24) When it comes to preparing your taxes, are you leaving money on the table? Diane Denton with the IRS offers information on EITC, the Earned Income Tax Credit. It is a refundable tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families originally passed by Congress in 1975. In Louisiana, 518,000 received $1.4 billion in EITC with an average amount of $2,600. SHARE




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January 24, 2014
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January 24, 2014

Decoding Common Core (4:53) Louisiana is one of forty-five states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts, the first-ever national academic standards. Supporters of the Common Core standards say they will increase rigor and help every student learn what they need to succeed. Critics say the standards are untested, being poorly implemented and lower expectations for students. It is the topic on Louisiana Public Square. SHARE


Drones and Louisiana Farmers (11:49) The LSU AgCenter is working on research to see if drone technology could help out Louisiana farmers. Drone technology might be new, but Louisiana’s agriculture industry has benefited from unmanned flying machines for over two decades. Charlie Whinham explains. SHARE


Mark L. Walberg Interview (18:51) Baton Rouge is the host city next month for three episodes of the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow.” Charlie Whinham went behind the scenes to sit down and chat with nine-year host Mark L. Walberg. SHARE




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January 17, 2014
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2014 Louisiana Political Races to Watch, Louisiana Artists Capture 11 Grammy Nominations, Rural Church Addresses Racism

2014 Louisiana Political Races to Watch (05:23) Anyone who loves politics will have much to follow this year. Races for the U.S. senate, governor, lieutenant governor and more are already in full swing. What can you expect? Shauna Sanford talks with political analysts and columnists this week about who’s in and who’s out and how contentious some of these races will get. SHARE


Louisiana Artists Capture 11 Grammy Nominations (11:36) Grammy nominated artist Zachary Richard said, “If you put the Grammy nominees in a pile, then Louisiana’s pile is probably bigger than anybody else’s.” Richard is one of eleven musicians from Louisiana nominated for a Grammy this year in categories ranging from Zydeco, Country and Jazz to Gospel. The Grammy Awards are later this month and Charlie Whinham talks with Zachary as well as the first Cajun-Zydeco Grammy Album winner Terrance Simien, who is also among the nominees. SHARE


Rural Church Addresses Racism (19:12) As the nation prepares to honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a catholic church in the small town of Vacherie, Louisiana is gaining national attention for dealing head on with the issue of racism, today. It all started with the demolition of an old segregated bathroom. Father Michael Miceli and Maxine Crump join the show to talk about why there must be acknowledgement of the problem in order for progress to be made. SHARE




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January 10, 2014
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Teacher tenure, flu, and the legendary Tabby Thomas

Teacher Tenure Law Ruled Unconstitutional (05:29) It’s strike two for Governor Bobby Jindal’s teacher tenure law. A district court judge has once again ruled it unconstitutional. The lawsuit was brought by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers. Hear the Governor’s comments on the case and LFT’s Steve Monaghan makes the case for challenging this law. SHARE


Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield (15:21) Dr. Rani Whitfield offers a double dose of important topics to cover this month. First a flu update. Louisiana is seeing a big increase in the number of flu cases, three times what the CDC projects as normal for this region. Second, why New Year’s resolutions fail. Dr. Whitfield offers advice to help you set and meet reasonable goals for the new year. SHARE


Remembering Bluesman Tabby Thomas (19:48) Legendary blues artist and nightclub owner Tabby Thomas passed away on New Year’s Day at the age of 84. Thomas carried the torch for performing and preserving the blues music scene in Baton Rouge when he opened “Tabby’s Blues Box” in 1979. SHARE




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January 3, 2014
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Interviews: Garrett Graves, Director, Governor's Office of Coastal Activities and photographer J Henry Fair

Garrett Graves Interview (1:10) The state's top environmental officer sits down to discuss why Louisiana is suing the Army Corps of Engineers instead of the oil and industry for damage done to coastal wetlands. Shauna Sanford and Charlie Whinham talk with Garret Graves this week. SHARE


What Do You See? (14:20) J Henry Fair is a globetrotting photographer with credits including National Geographic and Harpers. At first glance, his images resemble vivid works of abstract art. But Fair’s work also focuses on the bigger picture of global industrial pollution the depletion of natural resources. SHARE




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December 27, 2013
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December 27, 2013 -- Session Recap, BP Trial, Bayou Corne Sinkhole, Acadian Villiage Christmas Postcard

Session Recap (1:27) A review of the 2013 regular legislative session reveals that 431 bills were signed into law by the Governor this year. We'll look back at some of the battles that legislators addressed. SHARE


BP Trial (7:41) In a look back at some of the biggest stories we covered in 2013, the BP Oil Spill trial got underway in federal court, convicting a former BP engineer for deleting hundreds of text messages related to the case. Three other employees are awaiting trial. We'll review the developments thus far. SHARE


Bayou Corne Sinkhole (15:02) We'll also review the environmental disaster that has developed near the communities of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou. A massive sinkhole has grown to 24 acres since it began over a year and a half ago. This December marks the second Christmas that homeowners and residents in the area are living under a mandatory evacuation order. SHARE


Acadian Villiage Christmas Postcard (23:15) Acadian Villiage Christmas Postcard SHARE




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December 20, 2013
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December 20, 2013 - Remembering George Rodrigue, STEM Status, Bonfires of St. James Parish

Remembering George Rodrigue (04:49) George Rodrigue, iconic artist of the Blue Dog, passed away this week after a battle with cancer. We pay tribute to this 1991 LPB Louisiana Legend who touched the lives of so many people. SHARE


STEM Status (11:56) Occupations in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are projected to grow by nearly 10% over the next five years. This month’s Louisiana Public Square looks at how can the state better equip citizens for future STEM positions and how students can be encouraged to pursue STEM careers. SHARE


Bonfires of St. James Parish (18:59 ) Since the 1800’s, the communities of Lutcher, Gramercy and Paulina light the way for Papa Noel along the Mississippi River with large bonfires. Charlie Whinham takes us on “A Louisiana Christmas Journey.” SHARE




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December 13, 2013
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Four South, STEM Status, LA Christmas Journey – Natchitoches

Four South (4:24) Despite having to work with inferior equipment and against the struggles of segregation, the first Black nurses who worked at the Baton Rouge General Hospital worked tirelessly to take care of their patients and break the color barrier. All Black nurses and patients were relegated to one unit called Four South. It operated as a hospital within a hospital for several years. This week Shauna Sanford talks with some of those nurses who paved the way for so many others. The complete statement by Baton Rouge General Hospital is below. SHARE


Online Lung Cancer Screening (12:18) Louisiana has one of the highest rates for lung cancer in the country, but an online basic screen process could fight this deadly disease. Dr. Mary Stringfellow with the Mary Bird Perkins Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center has the details. SHARE


LA Christmas Journey – Natchitoches (17:29) A quintessential small town Christmas celebration is as near as Natchitoches. Since 1927, residents have held its annual “Festival of Lights.” Over 300,000 Christmas lights welcome visitors along the banks of the Cane River amid the sounds of friendly Front Street shopkeepers and horse drawn carriages. Charlie Whinham takes us on a Louisiana Christmas Journey. SHARE




Below is the complete statement provided on behalf of the hospital:

Baton Rouge General acknowledges the 1950’s as an undeniably difficult time period when our entire nation struggled with embracing diversity in our communities, schools, and hospitals. These circumstances reflect a regrettable past for human kind – a time that communities have worked so tirelessly to reverse.

Today, Baton Rouge General shines forth in a new era – an era where diversity is a glowing point of pride. Recognized for embracing diversity at every level of our organization, Baton Rouge General’s nurses and entire staff reflect the communities we so humbly serve.

The General’s faith-based legacy spans more than a century, and its circle of caregivers includes thousands of diverse men and women who have devoted their hearts and minds to the ideals of providing exceptional, compassionate care and healing to those suffering from illness and injury. Our hospital extends unending gratitude to these women, and all our fellow caregivers, past and present, who have selflessly dedicated careers to improving lives and strengthening our community – the mission that defines Baton Rouge General today.

Maryann Rowland
Marketing and Public Relations Specialist
Baton Rouge General Medical Center

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December 6, 2013
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Health Insurance, DUI Awareness, Acadian Village Cajun Christmas

Health Insurance (5:36) After a tumultuous roll out of the affordable care act, things are improving, but are Louisianians enrolling? Louisiana Public Square explores Louisiana’s insurance exchange. SHARE


DUI Awareness (12:21) December has been designated “National Drunk & Drugged Month.” With the onset of the holidays and winter weather, it is critical to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence. Dr. Rani Whitfield and Attorney Glynn Delatte talk about the health and legal consequences of driving under the influence. SHARE


Acadian Village Cajun Christmas (18:12) This season marks the 33rd annual Cajun Christmas celebration at Acadian Village. This replica of a 19th century town is shines so bright thanks to over half a million lights. Charlie Whinham takes us on a Louisiana Christmas Journey in Lafayette. SHARE




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November 29, 2013
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Saving Louisiana; 1973 Constitutional Convention; A Rural Life Christmas

Saving Louisiana (1:13) The man credited with restoring order to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina says he will fight through blood, sweat and tears to improve the state’s environment. Retired Lt. General Russell Honore is leading the Green Army. He and Marylee Orr with LEAN and Sandy Rosenthal, founder of Levees.org, will join Shauna Sanford to talk about the General’s call to action, the status of the lawsuit against 97 oil companies and environmental legislation that they are going to pursue during the legislative session. SHARE


1973 Constitutional Convention (20:29) It has been 40 years since Louisiana’s 1973 Constitutional Convention. Decisions were made then that still greatly affect the state today. LSU recently commemorated the event. LPB’s Beth Courtney moderated a panel that included former governors, state lawmakers and delegates. One hot topic discussed was whether it’s time for a new constitution. SHARE


A Rural Life Christmas (22:31) Charlie Whinham takes us back in time to all the sights, sounds and trimmings of a 19th century Christmas. It’s an annual tradition at the LSU Rural Life Museum visited by thousands each year. SHARE




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November 22, 2013
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50th Anniversary of Assassination; Reverend T. J. Jemison; Louis Gossett, Jr.

50th Anniversary of Assassination (03:57) As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a Baton Rouge man relives the night he had to stand guard over Kennedy’s body. Shauna Sanford talks with Richard Lipsey who was there to receive and help prepare the President for burial. SHARE


Reverend T. J. Jemison (09:46) Civil Rights icon Reverend T. J. Jemison has died at age 95. Among his many achievements is the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953 which has been referred to as the blueprint for the bus boycott led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Montgomery, Alabama. We will look back at his life. SHARE


Louis Gossett, Jr. (16:12) The 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, “12 Years A Slave,” greatly helped change the course of American history. It was Dr. Sue Eakin, a respected Louisiana historian, who spent her life making certain his story would not be forgotten. Now Oscar winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr. has helped give voice to Solomon’s life. LPB’s Tika Laudun spoke with Gossett about the book and the emotional strain of recording Solomon’s journey. SHARE




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November 15, 2013
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50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination; Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield; Come to Kisatchie!

50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination (4:15) In one week, the nation will mark the 50TH anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . His life and death still capture the attention of the nation and the world. The West Baton Rouge Museum is displaying an incredible exhibit by one of the most prolific photographers who captured public and private moments with the president and his family. Shauna Sanford takes us on a tour. SHARE


Prescription for Health with Dr. Rani Whitfield (10:17) One in seven babies in Louisiana are born premature. This month the March of Dimes issued the state an “F” on their “Premature Birth Report Card.” Dr. Rani Whitfield and March of Dimes of Louisiana Director Makesha Judson discuss the causes and what can be done to improve the current situation. SHARE


Come to Kisatchie! (18:41) Fall is one of the ideal times to visit the Kisatchie National Forest. The national forest is made up of five separate and vast districts that total 600,000 acres. Charlie Whinham traveled to the tall pines and discovered this area is ideal right now for hunting, camping, hiking, 4-wheeling and mountain biking. SHARE




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Special: 5th District Congressional Debate
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Louisiana: The State We’re In hosted a live statewide debate between candidates for the 5th Congressional runoff election. Neil Riser and Vance McAllister took on the issues facing one of the largest districts in the country. Shauna Sanford and Charlie Whinham were joined by political analyst Dr. Joshua Stockley of the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Stephanie Grace a political columnist for The Advocate.


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November 1, 2013
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First there were 14 - now there are two candidates in the run-off election for the Fifth Congressional District, one of poorest congressional districts in the country. Shauna Sanford talks with political analyst Dr. John Sutherlin of ULM about the district and the candidates. How will the Affordable Care Act impact small businesses and their employees? Charlie Whinham follows one business owner. Plus, the Louisiana Health Education Coalition and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers have joined forces to share important information with business owners statewide. Doug Wilkinson and Will Campbell explain what you need to know.

Run-off Election (05:39) First there were 14 - now there are two candidates in the run-off election for the Fifth Congressional District, one of poorest congressional districts in the country. Shauna Sanford talks with political analyst Dr. John Sutherlin of ULM about the district and the candidates. SHARE


Affordable Care Act Impact (12:33) How will the Affordable Care Act impact small businesses and their employees? Charlie Whinham follows one business owner. Plus, the Louisiana Health Education Coalition and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers have joined forces to share important information with business owners statewide. Doug Wilkinson and Will Campbell explain what you need to know. SHARE




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October 25, 2013
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For the first time in a decade, the enrollment numbers are up at Southern University. Shauna Sanford reports an aggressive nationwide recruitment effort has helped the school turn the corner. Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization? This month’s Louisiana Public Square explores the pros and cons of the legalization of marijuana. Thirty-three men were honored last weekend in Sunset, Louisiana, as the first inductees of the Louisiana High School Boxing Hall of Fame. Charlie Whinham reports these former combatants have forged lifetime friendships outside the ring.

Chapter 1 - Improving Numbers at Southern University (03:56) For the first time in a decade, the enrollment numbers are up at Southern University. Shauna Sanford reports an aggressive nationwide recruitment effort has helped the school turn the corner. SHARE


Chapter 2 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (09:09) Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization? This month’s Louisiana Public Square explores the pros and cons of the legalization of marijuana. SHARE


Chapter 3 - Louisiana HS Boxing Hall of Fame Inducts 33 (16:11) Thirty-three men where honored last weekend in Sunset, LA, as the first class of the Louisiana High School Boxing Hall of Fame. Charlie Whinham reports these former combatants have forged lifetime friendships outside the ring. SHARE




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Race for 5th Congressional Seat
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The polls are open this weekend for voting on the 5th Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Rodney Alexander. Fourteen candidates are on the ballot. Political insider Jim Nickel reviews this special election.


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Three Cheers for James “Penu” Green
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What began as a 12-year-old Baton Rouge girl’s request to see her grandfather’s grave has unveiled the story of a WWII hero and more. Marine Cpl. James W. Green died in 1974. But this week Green was honored with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. Charlie Whinham explains how a family uncovered his story this summer.


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October 18, 2013
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The polls are open this weekend for voting on the 5th Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Rodney Alexander. Fourteen candidates are on the ballot. Political insider Jim Nickel reviews this special election. What began as a 12-year-old Baton Rouge girl’s request to see her grandfather’s grave has unveiled the story of a WWII hero and more. Marine Cpl. James W. Green died in 1974. But this week Green was honored with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. Charlie Whinham explains how a family uncovered his story this summer.

Race for 5th Congressional Seat (04:40) The polls are open this weekend for voting on the 5th Congressional seat vacated by Rep. Rodney Alexander. Fourteen candidates are on the ballot. Political insider Jim Nickel reviews this special election. SHARE


Three Cheers for James “Penu” Green (15:16) What began as a 12-year-old Baton Rouge girl’s request to see her grandfather’s grave has unveiled the story of a WWII hero and more. Marine Cpl. James W. Green died in 1974. But this week Green was honored with the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal. Charlie Whinham explains how a family uncovered his story this summer. SHARE




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October 11, 2013
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There has been another discovery of the rare and deadly brain-eating amoeba in Louisiana. The Centers for Disease Control reports that it has been found in five locations in DeSoto Parish. Shauna Sanford traveled to St. Bernard Parish where a four-year-old boy died from the parasite and has the latest from residents as well as state and local officials. How effective are charter schools in Louisiana? In the eight years since Hurricane Katrina, there has been a 170% increase in the number of charter schools in the state. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the U.S. Dr. Rani Whitfield discusses how to develop an early detection plan.

How Safe is the Water? (04:46) There has been another discovery of the rare and deadly brain-eating amoeba in Louisiana. The Centers for Disease Control reports that it has been found in five locations in DeSoto Parish. Shauna Sanford traveled to St. Bernard Parish where a four-year-old boy died from the parasite and has the latest from residents as well as state and local officials.


Charter Checkup (14:19) In the eight years since Hurricane Katrina, there has been a 170% increase in the number of charter schools in the state.


Prescription for Health (21:10) You see pink everywhere this month. It’s to signify Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the US. Dr. Rani Whitfield is in studio to discuss how to develop an early detection plan.




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How Safe is the Water?
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There has been another discovery of the rare and deadly brain-eating amoeba in Louisiana. The centers for disease control say that it has been found in five locations in DeSoto Parish. Recently, a four year old boy died from the parasite in St. Bernard Parish. Shauna Sanford traveled to St. Bernard and has the latest from residents as well as state and local officials.


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Charter Checkup
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How effective are charter schools in Louisiana? In the eight years since Hurricane Katrina, there has been a 170% increase in the number of charter schools in the state. It is the topic of the latest edition of Louisiana Public Square.
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Prescription for Health
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You see pink everywhere this month. It’s to signify Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the US. Dr. Rani Whitfield is in studio to discuss how to develop an early detection plan.


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Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Begins-Now What?
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This week marks the beginning of the enrollment period for persons wishing to sign up for health insurance under Obamacare. There are many questions concerning the issue and LPB has health industry and insurance experts together to help get answers. Scheduled guests on the program include: Commissioner Jim Donelon/LA Department of Insurance, Doug Wilkinson/LA Healthcare Education Association, Dr. Rani Whitfield/Family Physician, Earl Williams/AARP Louisiana, Beryl Mitchell/Navigator, and Jonathon Chapman/Exec. Dir. LA Primary Care Association.


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Navigating the Affordable Care Act
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What questions are popping up as people try to navigate this new healthcare system?


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Small Business and the Affordable Care Act
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Questions on Obamacare are not limited to individuals looking for answers. Small business owners have many questions too.


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Remembering Paul Dietzel
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Honored as a Louisiana Legend in 2005, Paul Dietzel, "the artist, the coach and the legend," passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 24, 2013.
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Over-prescription of Antibiotics
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Louisiana has one of the highest percentages of over-prescribing antibiotics. Charlie Whinham looks at why, in many cases, antibiotics should not be used.


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Rosenwald Schools-Part Two
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Last week, we learned about the incredible history of Rosenwald schools in Louisiana. The result of an extraordinary relationship between Booker T.Washington and Julius Rosenwald, the schools helped educate thousands of African-American children throughout the south in the nineteen hundreds. Recently, their great grandchildren met for the first time and Shauna Sanford was there.


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Governor Jindal’s Fight Goes National
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Governor Jindal defends his public school voucher program to a national audience this week. Co-hosts Shauna Sanford and Charlie Whinham extends the conversation on the pros and cons of the voucher lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department. Kenneth Campbell, President of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) and Mary-Patricia Wray with the Louisiana Federation of Teachers join the conversation.


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Rosenwald Schools-Part One
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Little is known about the Rosenwald Schools, but they are responsible for educating thousands of African American children throughout the South including Louisiana. The schools were the result of an amazing relationship between noted African American author and educator Booker T. Washington and the CEO of Sears and Roebuck, Julius Rosenwald. More than 5000 schools were built - but where are they? In part one of her series, Shauna Sanford discovers how one curious museum curator stumbled upon an old wooden school house that opened the door to an historic treasure.


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Motiva Enterprises Jambalaya Cook-off
LSWI3702 - September 20, 2013
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The spirit of competition and cooking was on display recently at Motiva Enterprises in Convent for the United Way Jambalaya Cook-off. The winner of this event goes to compete October 10th in Baton Rouge for the Capitol area United Way Jambalaya Jam.


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DOJ Lawsuit Over Vouchers
LSWI3701 - September 13, 2013
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The Department of Justice is suing Louisiana over vouchers for students in public school systems that are under federal desegregation orders. Governor Jindal calls the suit shameful and said, “President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder are trying to keep kids trapped in failing public schools.” State Superintendent of Education John White and Louisiana Association of Educators President Debbie Meaux weigh in on the issue.


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Louisiana Delegation on Syria
LSWI3701 - September 13, 2013
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Should the United States intervene in Syria? Will a diplomatic solution be reached or is war inevitable? Now that President Barack Obama has made his case for a targeted military strike, what are members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation saying. Shauna Sanford talks with northwest Louisiana Congressman John Fleming.



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