Beth Courtney

Airs Sunday, January 31, at 6 p.m. What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters? Major cities in Louisiana are taking steps to try to solve that problem by equipping their officers with body cameras. So, how do they work and how expensive are they? How are communities covering their costs? Can body cameras deescalate volatile situations? And what privacy issues do they raise? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana.”

Airs sunday, November 22, at 6 p.m. Nearly one-fifth of Louisianans live below the poverty line. For an individual, that means an income of less than $11,770 a year. A family of four brings in less than $24,250. What is living in poverty like? What factors cause such a high percentage of the state’s population to live under such conditions? What hurdles are there to escaping poverty and how can they be overcome? Why is the gap widening between those who have the most and those who have the least? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Living Below the Line”

Airs Sunday, August 30, at 6 p.m. What difference has a decade made?
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.

Airs Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. Centenary College hosted a U.S. Senate Debate at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on Tuesday, October 14, at 7 p.m. Red River Radio will broadcast this debate this Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. The participants in this debate are U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, 6th District Congressman Bill Cassidy, and Rob Maness. The sponsors of the event include Centenary College, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB), the Council for A Better Louisiana (CABL), AARP, and the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. The debate is hosted by LPB's President and CEO Beth Courtney and Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) President and CEO Barry Erwin and questions will also be presented by LPB's Shauna Sanford and a panel of political analysts.

Airs Sunday, July 13 at 6 p.m. Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization? Mandatory drug sentences cost Louisiana taxpayers millions of dollars to incarcerate people charged with simple possession of marijuana. Would a 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 drug use - need further reinforcements in its battle against this “gateway drug”? Louisiana Public Square explores the pros and cons of legalization on “Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate.”

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