Ochsner Health

Louisiana Gave Ochsner Health 20 Percent Of All COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, Data Shows

By Julie O'Donoghue, Louisiana Illuminator Ochsner Health was the single largest recipient of COVID-19 vaccine from Louisiana during the first nine weeks of distribution, with its facilities getting about 20 percent of all doses given out by the state, according to an analysis done by Louisiana Illuminator of data publicly released by the Louisiana Department of Health.

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Virginia Is Poised To Approve Its Own Voting Rights Act

Nearly eight years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, Democrats in Virginia are poised to enact state-level legislation they say would boost voter protections. Backers of the Virginia Voting Rights Act say it's the most comprehensive bill of its kind — and the first in the South. The legislation cleared a final vote on Thursday and now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. "As we've seen on other issues, we can't rely on the...

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Susan Larson talks with Brian Mitchell and Nick Weldon about “Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana”; and Elizabeth Miki Brina about her first book, “Speak Okinawa: A Memoir.”

American Routes Shortcuts: A Tribute to Sam Cooke

Feb 26, 2021
Sam Cooke
American Routes

This is American Routes, our program devoted to Sam Cooke. Sam’s ambitions in music were matched by his quest for knowledge. Longtime friend LeRoy Crume, who remained with the Soul Stirrers after Sam left, was in the back of a limo with him in those days. 



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With its traditional jazz funerals, second lines and Black Masking Mardi Gras Indian ceremonies, New Orleans is a city that knows how to pay tribute to its dead. Cultural societies incorporate tributes to their members who have passed away into their Carnival season parades, but as the pandemic stretched into Mardi Gras 2021, clubs have had to confront the fact that some of those tributes may not happen until 2022.



If you’ve ever had an encounter with a celebrity, you know you can dine out on that story for a long time. On this week's show, we hear from notable writers and chefs in their own right, whose brushes with fame come with a host of tales.