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Formerly incarcerated people share their stories in new exhibit; history of pig roasts in Louisiana

Louisiana feral hogs in control pen
Dr. Glen Gentry
Louisiana feral hogs in control pen

Our region is dotted with ghost towns - places that were once full of culture and community and now barely inhabited. Sometimes the change comes from environmental shifts, but sometimes the causes are man-made.

In the next part of the series “Place, Erased,” the Gulf States Newsroom’s Drew Hawkins brings us to a Louisiana town where Black residents are feeling as though they must leave, because of toxic pollution from nearby petrochemical plants. But these residents are still fighting for the remains of their displaced town.

Just a few weeks ago, we brought you a conversation about deaths behind bars. Today, we’re discussing the opposite: Life beyond bars.

At least, that’s the title of a new photovoice exhibit that delves into the lives of formerly incarcerated people, in their own voices. The exhibit, which was created with the Formerly Incarcerated Transitions Clinic, opens today at Southern University in New Orleans.

Dr. Anjali Niyogi, a professor at Tulane University and director of the FIT Clinic, and Desiree’ Morrison, a participant in the project, tell us more about the exhibit and the message they hope it sends.

It’s officially November, a time when harvest-centric events celebrate Louisianans’ love of food.

What better time to talk about pigs – a source of food integral to Louisiana’s traditions? For centuries, pig roasts have been a way for Louisiana communities to ensure an animal was used in its entirety – and that a whole community would be fed. From boudin to barbeque, pork has been part of culinary traditions passed through the generations across the state.

Jessica B. Harris, author of “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America”tells us more about the history of pig roasts and pork-eating in Louisiana.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our assistant producer is Aubry Procell. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12 and 7 p.m. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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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 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.