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Children’s Hospital New Orleans plans to open play center for pediatric cancer patients

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An architectural rendering of the exterior view of Walker’s Imaginarium, featuring dedicated exterior entrance with spacious first floor entry, including a monumental staircase and an elevator that leads directly to the 2nd and 3rd floor exhibit floors, which also tie directly into the inpatient tower for easy access.

Today on Louisiana Considered, we learn about a new play center coming to Children’s Hospital New Orleans. We also hear about updated bus routes in New Orleans and learn why activists in the Gulf South are calling for housing that’s adapted for climate change. This episode of Louisiana Considered originally aired on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022. To hear the full episode, click the “play” button above.

Children’s Hospital New Orleans recently announced plans to build a new 12,000-square-foot, $10-million-dollar play area. According to organizers, the area is meant to provide a place for children who are undergoing treatment to imagine, learn, play, and enrich themselves in an environment that looks and feels a little less clinical. It will be called “Walker’s Imaginarium,” named after Walker Beery, a pediatric cancer patient at the hospital who died last year.

To learn more about these plans, we spoke with Taylor Beery, Walker’s father. He told us about plans for the imaginarium and more about the foundation his son started with his family, Kids Join the Fight.

Public transportation in New Orleans just went through its first major redesign since Hurricane Katrina. Starting just two weeks ago in late September, bus routes across town saw big changes – which means many transit riders have seen their regular commutes change, too.

WWNO’s News Director Patrick Madden spoke with New Orleans metro reporter Carly Berlin, who got on the bus last week to see how riders are reacting to the changes.

Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi rank among the bottom ten states in the country when it comes to providing housing that’s affordable, healthy, and adapted to a changing climate. That’s according to a new scorecard from a climate change research organization.

As Taylor Washington from the Gulf States Newsroom reports, activists are hoping the report will give states a roadmap to address growing threats from climate change.

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 the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is also frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF 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.