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Karl Lengel, host of All Things Considered at WWNO, reflects on his 23 years with the station

Karl Lengel, former host of All Things Considered at WWNO, on his last day at the station
Alana Schreiber
Karl Lengel, former host of All Things Considered at WWNO, on his last day at the station

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Last week at WWNO we said goodbye to the host of All Things Considered, and the Thursday host of Louisiana Considered, Karl Lengel. For 23 years Karl has been bringing you the news in New Orleans and southeast Louisiana, reporting through notable events like Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida, and the pandemic. On Karl’s last day, he shared what he’s learned during his more than two decades with the station.

Maybe you’ve driven down Henriette DeLille Street in New Orleans and wondered about the namesake. In 1836, Henriete DeLille founded the Sisters of the Holy Family, the religious order of nuns for free women of color that focused on supporting poor African Americans and still exists today.

Back in 2016, NPR’s Laine Kaplan Levenson reported on this pioneering nun and the campaign to get her sainthood for the TriPod podcast. Today, in honor of Women’s History Month, we give that story a second listen.

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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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.