Louisiana currently allows a non-unanimous jury decision for felony convictions. That law is up for reconsideration this election day with a ballot initiative, which, if it passes, would change the state constitution to require unanimous juries. But how did we get here? How did Louisiana become one of only two states in the nation that allows convictions by non-unanimous juries?
THE READING LIFE
This week on The Reading Life: Thrillers! Michael Allen Zell, author of “City Krystal Soulman,” the latest in his New Orleans-set Bobby Delery series, a nd Lou Berney, author of “November Road,” a thriller which takes off from the Kennedy assassination and imagines the Carlos Marcello empire. Sunday at noon, Tuesday at 1:30, and Wednesday at 8.
Updated at 5:45 a.m. ET Monday A growing crowd of Central American migrants in southern Mexico resumed its advance toward the U.S. border on Sunday. The numbers have overwhelmed Mexican officials' attempts to stop them at the border. The Associated Press reports that the number of migrants has swelled to about 5,000, but an official in Mexico has put the number as high as 7,000. On Saturday, President Trump told reporters the migrants were " hardened criminals." With the November midterms...
This week on The Reading Life: Kiese Laymon, author of “Heavy: An American Memoir.” Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week: Le Petit Theatre is partnering with Octavia Books for a Book Club, to be hosted by Christina Pellegrini and including special guests from each production. The first meeting is Sunday, October 14, at 1 p.m. at Le Petit Theatre; the book for discussion is “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong," by Terry Teachout. Poet Melinda Palacio reads from “Bird Forgiveness,”...
FOOD & DINING
On this week's show, we'll explore the immense influence that Italian foodways had on the development of New Orleans cuisine. We'll time travel through the years of the family-operated Uptown gem, Pascal's Manale . This history, which is now immortalized in Poppy's new book, The Pascal's Manale Cookbook , focuses on two Sicilian immigrant families, the Manales and the Radostas, forebearers of today's Defelice clan, who continue the Manale tradition today. Three generations of family share their stories with us.