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From mystic societies to costume trains, here’s a look at Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama

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Cart Blackwell
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Mobile, Alabama has long claimed to be the site of the first American Mardi Gras, but what’s the story behind this historic carnival – and what does a Mobile Mardi Gras look like today? Cart Blackwell, curator at the Mobile Carnival Museum, gives us some insight into Mobile Mardi Gras history.

Yesterday, we brought you two conversations about so-called “book bans,” in Louisiana. We heard from a librarian and writer fighting to end censorship of materials found at public libraries, and we spoke with an advocate calling for more public scrutiny of these readily-accessible texts. Today, Kerri Westenberg, author of the 64 Parishes magazine article, “Warning: Thus Article Could Be Banned,” speaks with WRKF’S Adam Vos about the history of book banning in Louisiana.

And, Monday saw the loss of New Orleans actor, producer, and director Luis Q. Barroso. Today, Sid Arroyo provides us with a remembrance of this New Orleans theater icon.

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 and Aubry Procell.

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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.