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Ernest N. Morial Convention Center's improvement plan is underway; here's what it will include

Today on Louisiana Considered: We hear how a New Orleans convention center is set to receive environmental and pedestrian-friendly updates. Plus, we hear about a new musical project from Putumayo World Music. This episode of Louisiana Considered originally aired on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. To hear the full episode, click the “play” button above.

With 1.1 million square feet of space in an entirely contiguous hall, the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center provides the largest single exhibition space in the country. Now that center is set for improvements to make the space more environmentally- and pedestrian-friendly. Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center president, was recently named one of the city’s most notable industry newsmakers by New Orleans CityBusiness. He joins us today for more on the future of the center.

A few episodes back, Putumayo World Music's Dan Storper stopped by to update us on the cultural brand's activity during the pandemic. Today, he’s back with a new CD from Linda Ronstadt, an icon of the Americana music scene. The Putumayo release also complements a book release - Feels Like Home: Songs From the Sonoran Borderlands - Linda Ronstadt’s Musical Journey.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. 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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Karl Lengel has worked in the lively arts as an actor, announcer, manager, director, administrator and teacher. In broadcast, he has accumulated over two decades of on-air experience and is currently WWNO’s anchor for NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a host for “Louisiana Considered”. He holds a BS in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University and an MFA in Film and Theatre from the University of New Orleans.
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.