Kirby Goidel http://redriverradio.org en Louisiana Public Square: Pot or Not? - The Decriminalization Debate http://redriverradio.org/post/louisiana-public-square-pot-or-not-decriminalization-debate <div><strong>Airs Sunday, July 13 at 6 p.m.&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mandatory drug sentences cost Louisiana taxpayers millions of dollars to incarcerate people charged with simple possession of marijuana. Would a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization? Or does Louisiana - which ranks among the top ten states for&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">drug use - need further reinforcements in its battle against this “gateway drug”? Louisiana Public Square explores the pros and cons of legalization on “Pot&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">or Not? The Decriminalization Debate.”</span></div><p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 46291 at http://redriverradio.org Louisiana Public Square: Pot or Not? - The Decriminalization Debate LA Public Square: Preventable - HIV & AIDS in Louisiana http://redriverradio.org/post/la-public-square-preventable-hiv-aids-louisiana <div><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Airs Sunday, August 4 at 6 p.m. &nbsp;</span></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Baton Rouge and New Orleans rank </span>2nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>3rd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> among America’s largest metropolitan areas for the rate of new HIV&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">diagnoses. For AIDS cases, Baton Rouge and New Orleans rank </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Nearly one-third of new cases for both diseases are among women, and more than three-quarters of new&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">diagnoses are among blacks. So how is Louisiana confronting this health issue? Who is most at-risk? Do new testing methods exacerbate the problem? Is the solution just more funding and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">education? Where is the line drawn between individual responsibility and government intervention? Louisiana Public Square searches for answers to these issues and more.</span></div><p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 23:00:00 +0000 31260 at http://redriverradio.org LA Public Square: Preventable - HIV & AIDS in Louisiana