creationism

It might seem obvious…when the U.S. Supreme Court rules a state law “unconstitutional”, then the state repeals that law. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor has been trying to get one of those old laws off the books for several years now, but prior attempts never made it past the first hurdle—the Senate Education Committee. This time his repeal bill, SB 70, has made it to the Senate floor, and it’s eligible for debate there as early as today.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will limit the use of citizen review panels and instead give priority to teachers in determining science and history curricula.

Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country.

The divide between Republicans and Democrats on their views of the scientific theory of evolution is widening, according to a new poll released by Pew's Religion & Public Life Project.

Jim talks with actor Jamie Wax, upon his return to Baton Rouge for 20th anniversary performances of "a Gift For Lyman Bourke" at the Baton Rouge Little Theater. 

Louisiana outdoor enthusiast Humberto Fontova discusses gun rights.

Student activist Zack Kopplin explains his continuing effort to thwart teaching of creationism in Louisiana public schools.