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5:06 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Creative La.'s Wendy Overton on the Value of Creative Dialogue

Many of us in Baton Rouge may think we're not really the "creative type", but Wendy Overton says we should give ourselves more credit. To foster local ingenuity, she started Creative Louisiana. The monthly meet-up features lectures from homegrown artists and entrepreneurs.

Creative Louisiana just hit its first anniversary. WRKF's Tegan Wendland asked Overton about the results so far.

June's Creative Louisiana will be held at Baton Rouge Gallery, located at 1515 Dalrymple Drive, on June 29, 2012. The event will include a panel discussion, with a panel comprised of prior Creative Louisiana guest speakers. More information here.


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CityStats
12:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Sociologist Says Fear of Crime Out Of Proportion

LSU Professor of Sociology Edward Shihadeh. (WRKF)

The most recent CityStats survey released by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation said that residents are more scared and more concerned that crime will become worse, despite overall crime in the city declining.

To find out why that is, WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with LSU Professor of Sociology Edward Shihadeh about the study.

And he said the fear of crime is typically out of proportion with actual crime stats.


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Arts
12:00 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Charlie the Noise Guy is Always Listening

Charlie the Noise Guy imitates everyday life sounds using his mouth. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

What does going to the airport really sound like? Charlie Williams says it sounds like - joy. He's a southern-born foley artist visiting Baton Rouge's libraries this week. He specializes in replicating the sounds of our everyday lives. WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with him about how we all have the talent as children, but lose it as we grow up.

Charlie the Noise Guy has eight more performances coming up at East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries. View the full calendar here.


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Legislation
12:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Landrieu Seeks Progress on Farm, Transportation, Pay Equity Bills

FILE - Sen. Mary Landrieu speaking at the Baton Rouge Press Club, March 5, 2012. (WRKF/Amy Jeffries)

With Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's vote, the Senate decided Thursday to move ahead with debate on the reauthorization of the farm bill.Meanwhile, two other significant pieces of legislation that the senior senator backs have stalled.

WRKF's Amy Jeffries caught up with Sen. Landrieu about the progress of the farm bill and the stalemate around the Transportation and Paycheck Fairness bills.


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Arts
12:00 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Play Highlights the Human Side of the BP Spill

Eric Mayer Garcia met playwright Caridad Svich at a conference and decided he should bring 'The Way of the Water' to Louisiana for the first time. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

Actors, directors and theater groups all over the country are marking the anniversary of the BP oil spill this spring with a play. ‘The Way of the Water" focuses on the aftermath of 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. It was written by an award-winning playwright and will be performed by a group of volunteers in Baton Rouge this weekend. WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with local Director and doctoral theater student at LSU, Eric Mayer Garcia, about why he thought it was important to bring the play to Louisiana for the first time.The performance will be Saturday, June 1 at 7:30p.m.at The Red Shoes Center for Personal & Spiritual Growth, 2303 Government St. Donations are welcome.


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Conservation
12:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

The State of Honey Bees in Louisiana

Honey bee populations are dwindling across the country. Some experts blame Colony Collapse Disorder while others have linked pesticides and genetically engineered crops to the bee deaths. (PublicDomainPictures/JaniRavas)

Earlier this week Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law that creates a "Save the Honeybee" license plate.

But why are honeybees so important?

For that answer WRKF's Ashley Westerman turned to Dr. Tom Rinderer, the researcher leader at the USDA Honey Bee Lab here in Baton Rouge. That lab will benefit from the proceeds from license plate.

"Honeybees are absolutely vital to American agriculture, they pollinate in excess of $20-billion worth of crops a year," said Rinderer.


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Conservation
12:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Partnership will Educate and Enable Farmers to Restore Wetlands

One scientist with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says the key to improving our watersheds is educating our farmers. A new partnership between the LDEQ and the state and federal departments of agriculture aims to do just that.

WRKF's Tegan Wendland had a conversation with Jan Boydston, Senior Environmental Scientist at the LDEQ, about the new initiative, which focuses on educating and training farmers in Acadia, Lafayette, Vermilion, Catahoula and Tangipahoa parishes.


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Gulf Coast
12:00 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Institute Seeks to Bridge Gap Between Research and Engineering to Save Gulf

Ehab Meselhe is the new Director of Natural Systems Modeling and Monitoring for the Water Institute of the Gulf. (WRKF/Tegan Wendland)

This week the state legislature unanimously approved the 2012 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, a 50 year blueprint for restoring disappearing wetlands and protecting the state's natural resources.

Coastal land loss is an ongoing problem in gulf states and there are many agencies, non-profits and universities working to solve it. An independent research institute hopes to be the linchpin that brings them all together. The Water Institute of the Gulf was founded last year and has just selected UL-Lafayette civil engineering professor Ehab Meselhe as the new director of natural systems. He's also heading up a five-year, $25 million federally funded project studying land loss and restoration.

WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with him about how he hopes the Water Institute will streamline efforts to save the gulf.


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School Tech
12:00 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Creative La. Speaker Brian Dixon on the Future of the Classroom

Dr. Brian Dixon is an author, educator and entrepreneur and a major proponent of media technology in the classroom. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

Classrooms aren't as simple as they used to be - traditional chalk boards and pencils used to do the trick, but now computers play a huge rule in the way our kids learn.

Educator, author, and founder of the Mentorship Academy of Digital Arts, Brian Dixon, says that's a good thing. At his charter school in downtown Baton Rouge smartboards and iPads are the norm. He's the featured speaker at this month's Creative Louisiana and WRKF's Tegan Wendland talked with him about using technology in the classroom and the future of education.


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Economy
12:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Economist Says Key to Balancing the Budget is Investment

LSU Professor of Finance, Rajesh Narayanan. (WRKF/Tegan Wendland)

The senate finance committee has yet to reach a decision on the proposed state budget, which currently includes major cuts to health care and education.

WRKF's Tegan Wendland had a conversation with LSU Professor of Finance, Rajesh Narayanan, who says year after year the state has faced major deficits and the future doesn't look too bright - unless there are major changes in the way the state makes investments.


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