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How East Baton Rouge Parish plans to redraw school board maps with more racial equity

Karen Henderson
Chief Demographer Mike Hefner presenting at a public forum on redistricting for the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.

School boards are redrawing district lines, but in East Baton Rouge Parish, a demographer recently quit after he was unable to meet with certain board members.

School Board President David Tatman tells us how the parish is moving forward with redistricting, and how board members hope to prioritize racial equity in the new maps.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, the Lower Ninth Ward is a designated food desert. That’s because the neighborhood lacks easy access to healthy and affordable food.

But that’s about to change. Reverend Richard Bell, president of the nonprofit Sankofa CDC, tells us about a new healthy food store and learning kitchen coming to the area.

What is…the chance to appear on Jeopardy? One student at Louisiana State University now has the answer!

We talk to Stephen Privat, political science major at LSU, about his appearance on the Jeopardy National College Tournament.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.