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Friend or foe? A lesson on Louisiana snakes and how to interact with them

Today on Louisiana Considered, we get an update on the state of Louisiana air quality. We also learn why one New Orleans school is getting a new name, and learn about our state’s native species of snakes.

A recent report showed Louisiana's air quality hasn't gotten worse in the past year the same way it has nationwide, but it hasn’t exactly improved either. WWNO coastal reporter Halle Parker gives us the latest on the state of Louisiana's air.

After almost two years of debate, New Orleans’ Lusher Charter School finally has a new name. The school, named for Confederate tax collector and white supremacist Robert Mills Lusher, will now be called The Willow School, in a nod to the school’s original location on Willow Street.

WWNO education reporter Aubri Juhasz spoke with long-time Lusher math teacher Jerome White and recent graduate Nia Talbot about how they hope the name change will lead to a culture change as well.

As spring blooms and we return to the great outdoors in greater numbers, we might notice something else in greater numbers in our natural environment: snakes. State herpetologist Keri Lejeune tells us about Louisiana’s native species of snakes and how to deal with them.

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

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is also the voice of Baton Rouge's local news every afternoon during All Things Considered.
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.