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Remembering P.B.S. Pinchback, Louisiana’s – and the nation’s – first Black governor

P.B.S. Pinchback, former Governor of Louisiana
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P.B.S. Pinchback, former Governor of Louisiana

In December of 1872, Pickney Benton Stewart Pinchback, otherwise known as PBS Pinchback, became governor of Louisiana. He was the first African American to become governor of any US state.

To learn more about Pinchback’s life and legacy 150 years after his reign, Louisiana Considered’s Alana Schreiber spoke with Joseph Dawson, Professor Emeritus of History Texas A & M University. He is the editor of the book The Louisiana Governors: From Iberville to Edwards.

November saw the debut of the new documentary Hollow Tree, which follows three Louisiana teenagers trying to navigate a changing climate affecting their homelands. The Coastal Desk’s Halle Parker spoke with the documentary’s young stars as well as the film’s director Kira Ackerman.

Before Roe v. Wade was overturned earlier this year, organizers and lawmakers raised concerns about what abortion restrictions would mean for states where maternal outcomes were already bad. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Maya Miller digs into a new report on the reality of reproductive care in abortion-restrictive states.

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

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Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.
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.