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When most people retire they take up golf, join a local book club, or simply sleep in more. But Clay and Kathy Smilie spend their time in disaster zones as Red Cross Volunteers.

In Baton Rouge, the Closet is Crowded

Jan 10, 2013
FILE: A group from Baton Rouge's L Bar holds up a pride banner at the capitol, June 23, 2012.
Amy Jeffries / WRKF

In its municipal survey released in November, the Human Rights Campaign scored Baton Rouge a two out of 100 based on the policies and services the city has in place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.   

Only Montgomery, Al., Frankfort, Ky. and Jefferson City, Mo. scored lower.

So we wondered if Baton Rouge’s dismal score is indicative of life for LGBT people here.

Bike-Only in Baton Rouge

Nov 26, 2012
Bicyclist Mark Martin with his two wheels.
Drew Walker/WRKF

Ideas for making transportation infrastructure more bike-friendly are up for discussion at the annual Louisiana Smart Growth Summit downtown this week.

Wednesday, Nov. 28, Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets will give some officials, planning experts, and citizens at the summit a taste of what it’s like to get around the capitol city by bike now.

Mark Martin, who founded the bike advocacy group in 2006, navigates his daily routine here with only two wheels.

Pinball Gets Design Firm's Gears Going

Sep 13, 2012

Past the stuffy, official government buildings of downtown Baton Rouge, you'll find the city's oldest commercial building. Up the creaky stairs off Lafayette Street and beyond the reception area is a big open room. Sometimes the design world gets a little noisy.

WRKF intern Claire Ohlsen visited the workspace and sent us this audio postcard.