Beth Courtney

Airs Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 6 p.m. Nationally, there is a shift towards providing care for the elderly at home and through community-based services rather than at institutions. But analysts say that Louisiana has a bias towards nursing home enrollment both in policies and funding. So, how much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care? Is the demand for institutional care rising or on the decline? And what options are available to provide the funding and the care that the state’s older residents desire? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Balancing Eldercare.” 

Airs Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 6 p.m. Governor John Bel Edward’s Deputy Chief of Staff resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, a Louisiana celebrity chef stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. And just this week a sexual harassment suit was filed against Louisiana’s Secretary of State by a female employee. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials continue to make state and national headlines.

Airs Sunday, June 4, 2016, at 6 p.m.
Louisiana is the prison capital of the world. Its incarceration rate is nearly double the rest of the country. And while Louisiana imprisons violent offenders at a rate comparable to other southern states, nonviolent offenders are imprisoned at a much higher rate.
A package of bills being proposed this legislative session attacks the mass incarceration problem from a number of angles. Should alternatives to prison be used for criminals charged with nonviolent offenses?

Airs Sunday, May 6, 2017, at 6 p.m. This week Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for Louisiana’s coast. The declaration goes next to President Donald Trump and Congress. The goal is to raise the profile of the state’s coastal land loss plus speed up the federal permitting process for projects in Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan. The Master Plan will be presented to the Legislature during this regular session.

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Airs Sunday, October 16, at 6 p.m. One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things?   Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m.