Louisiana Public Square http://redriverradio.org en Louisiana Public Square: Defining “Dangerous” http://redriverradio.org/post/louisiana-public-square-defining-dangerous <p><strong>Airs Sunday, August 10 at 6 p.m.</strong> The California killings committed by Eliot Rodger in May have renewed the debate over how and whether to require people with serious mental illness to receive psychiatric care. How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others? How difficult is it to intervene if an afflicted individual refuses treatment? Are prisons adequately prepared to handle mentally ill offenders? What services exist in the state for persons with mental health issues and have funding cuts reduced their availability? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on Defining “Dangerous.”<br /><br /><strong>Our panelists are</strong>:<br />• William “Beau” Clark, M.D., Coroner, East Baton Rouge Parish<br />• Rochelle Head-Dunham, M.D., Office of Behavioral Health, La. Dept. of Health &amp; Hospitals<br />• Michael S. Blue, M.D., Forensic Psychiatrist, Tulane University<br />• Sheriff Michael Waguespack, Assumption Parish; President of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association<br /><br />The program also includes interviews with Nick Richard, Executive Director of the St. Tammany Parish Chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness; Bill O’Quin, the father of a young man suffering with paranoid schizophrenia who died while in prison; Kevin Robshaw, Director of Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Services, and Tracey Moseley, an individual in recovery.<br />Beth Courtney, LPB CEO, and Charlie Whinham, LPB news anchor, moderate the discussion.</p><p> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:00:00 +0000 47653 at http://redriverradio.org Louisiana Public Square: Defining “Dangerous” 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 Louisiana Public Square: Charter School Checkup http://redriverradio.org/post/louisiana-public-square-charter-school-checkup <p><strong>Airs, Sunday, October 20 at 6 p.m.&nbsp;</strong> A national report says Louisiana charter school students learn faster than their peers in traditional public schools. That’s not the case, though, if those charters are in suburban or rural parishes. There&nbsp; are over 100 charter schools throughout the state with the nation’s largest percentage of public charter school students in New Orleans. So, how effective are charter schools in Louisiana? Are they&nbsp; delivering promised educational dividends or putting taxpayers’ dollars at risk? And when measuring success, do charter schools compete with traditional public schools on a level playing field in the&nbsp; areas of admissions and accountability? Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:00:00 +0000 34108 at http://redriverradio.org Louisiana Public Square: Charter School Checkup Louisiana Public Square: Gay in Louisiana http://redriverradio.org/post/louisiana-public-square-gay-louisiana <div><strong>Airs Sunday, September 15 at 6 p.m. &nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in June will allow some federal benefits for same-sex couples that were legally married elsewhere but live in Louisiana. But what other impact will it have in the state? Louisiana passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 that defines marriage as "between one man and one woman" and denies the recognition of gay unions. In light of the High Court’s decision, could Louisiana’s Defense of Marriage Amendment be challenged? Does Louisiana’s current position on gay marriage threaten the recruitment of employers to the state? And do legislative attempts to recognize gay rights achieve equal protection at the expense of another’s religious freedom? Louisiana Public Square pursues the answers to these questions and more when it explores the issues involved when you’re “Gay in Louisiana.”</span></div><p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 23:00:00 +0000 33249 at http://redriverradio.org Louisiana Public Square: Gay in Louisiana 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