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In the Recording Booth
6:38 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Smart Growth, a New Year's Resolution for Baton Rouge?

WRKF asked people at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit this question. Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF WRKF asked people at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit this question.
Amy Jeffries WRKF

WRKF set up its Recording Booth at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit, put on by the Center for Planning Excellence at the Shaw Center back in November.

People at the summit — planners, landscape architects, public officials, environmentalists — were asked a simple question: What does “smart growth” look like in Baton Rouge?

The answers could almost be a set of new year’s resolutions for the city...


Culture
5:36 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Segregated Church Bathroom Torn Down

A bulldozer tosses the old bathroom at Our Lady of Peace Catholic church.
Pam Folse

The parishioners of Our Lady of Peace in the small plantation town of Vacherie can’t wait to get into their church’s new bathroom building. But for some poorly placed air conditioners, they would have dedicated the building last month.

For decades, the old bathroom building behind the 113-year-old Catholic church stood like a monument to segregation. A few months back, some members of the community started talking about racism in the church and concluded that bathroom needed to come down.

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50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination
6:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The Kennedys: Capturing America's Camelot

John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.
Stanley Tretick

As journalist and author Kitty Kelley conducted research for her unauthorized biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, she became good friends with photographer Stanley Tretick. He is best known for his coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign and presidency for Look magazine, and for taking iconic pictures like the one of John Jr. playing under his father’s desk in the Oval Office.

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Politics
4:53 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Will New Congressman Make a Mark with Pragmatism?

Vance McAllister took the oath of office Thursday, assuming the seat representing north Louisiana in Congress.

McAllister, a political newcomer, ran as a pragmatist and was not expected to win the 5th District seat.

State Sen. Neil Riser, a known quantity in Louisiana’s GOP,  had launched his campaign almost as soon as Rep. Rodney Alexander stepped down to take a job in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet last summer.

And, as Associated Press capitol correspondent Melinda Deslatte discusses with WRKF’s Amy Jeffries, Riser had been the obvious front-runner.

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New Orleans Heathcare
6:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Clinic-based Network Could Be New Healthcare Model for NOLA's Uninsured

The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans flagship location on Carrollton Av. in New Orleans. This location was once a bank and transformed into a holistic healthcare services center after Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Daughts of Charity Serivces

After Charity Hospital in New Orleans closed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, community clinics filled the gap in care for the poor and uninsured.

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What We're Reading
5:41 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Segregated Soliders: Military Training at the Core of the Fight for Civil Rights

Credit LSU Press

In his new book, “Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South”, historian Marcus Cox argues that African Americans leveraged military service to claim their civil rights.

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Medicaid Managed Care
5:45 am
Tue November 5, 2013

DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant

The state Dept. of Health and Hospitals is looking to privatize the managed care for Medicaid patients with developmental disabilities and low-income elderly.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The state Department of Health and Hospitals is taking preliminary steps to further privatize Medicaid in Louisiana. In August, DHH released a concept paper about reforms to long-term care for the developmentally disabled and low-income elderly.

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Books We're Reading
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans

Credit LSU Press

Just in time for Halloween, LSU Press has republished the 1946 classic "Ghost Stories of New Orleans" - a collection of 40 ghastly tales by journalist and New Orleans native Jeanne deLavigne.

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Culture
5:39 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Memoir Traces Spiral into Racial Violence Amid Baton Rouge Desegregation Fight

Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist
University Press of Mississippi

Tim Parrish says his memoir, Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, is not a book he wanted to write. He dreaded reckoning with the racial violence of his adolescence in Baton Rouge in the 1960s and 1970s.

An explosion rattled his kitchen windows when a city pool nearby was blown up after it was integrated. As a teenager, Parrish took part in street fights and race riots at his school – Istrouma High.

Parrish traces the roots of his own bigotry to his family and their Baptist congregation.

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Gospel Music
6:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The Louisiana Gospel Tradition

Tim Muffitt is in his 15th season as Conductor and Music Director of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

This Friday the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will take on Louisiana’s gospel music history for the very first time.

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