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‘Celebration Gator’ brings a taste of Louisiana to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Courtesy of Betsy Barnes
The ‘Celebration Gator Float’ will be will crawl down the streets of New York in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for a second year in a row

A recently settled lawsuit against the Sun Belt Conference, a college sports conference based in New Orleans, accused officials of using racist and misogynistic slurs and contributing to a hostile work environment. WWNO’s Patrick Madden spoke with Michelle Liu, who covered the recent lawsuit for the new non-profit newsroom, Verite.

Last July saw the launch of a new national mental health hotline number, 988. In Louisiana, this new hotline replaces a ten-digit one, and already calls have risen dramatically both nationally and statewide. Staff writer for The Times Picayune, Emily Woodruff, tells us more about the effectiveness of this new number.

The world’s biggest Thanksgiving Day Parade may take place in New York, but for the second year in a row, the event will offer a taste of Louisiana. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser tells us about the ‘Celebration Gator’ float set to crawl through the celebration, and a performance by New Orleans’ own Trombone Shorty.

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.