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NOLA Central City Library closure, Miss. River depth studies; interview with Sec. State candidate

Central City Public Library in New Orleans
Courtesy of Verite News
Central City Public Library in New Orleans

More than two months ago, the New Orleans Public Library temporarily closed its Central City branch after a staff member found mold in the building. But the branch has no clear timeline for reopening – and some activists have stationed themselves outside the building, demanding answers and helping patrons with library-like services.

Nate Ha has been covering this story for Verite News, and share more on the group of activists stationed outside the building, demanding answers and aiding the would-be patrons with library-like services.

Earlier this year, The Water Institute, a Baton Rouge-based research organization, partnered with more than a dozen operators of vessels on the Mississippi River to crowdsource information on the river’s depth in the region.

Mike Miner is the director of applied geosciences at The Water Institute, and talks with us about the science behind this project – known as a bathymetry study – and how it helps the local shipping industry,

Louisiana’s Election Day is just over a week away. Louisiana Considered is airing conversations with the candidates running for office in the state’s executive branch. Today, Gwen Collins-Greenup, a Democrat running for secretary of state, joins us to talk about her experience as an accountant and attorney; how she plans to protect voting rights if she’s elected, and her plans for working across the aisle.

Louisiana Considered requested an interview with Nancy Landry, the Republican secretary of state candidate running against Collins-Greenup, but her team has declined for the time being.

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.

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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.