Louisiana Public Square

Airs Sunday, April 8, 2018, at 6 p.m. Last month’s school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over the best way to make schools safe. Nationwide, energized students are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. And President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

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, February 4, 2018, at 6 p.m. It’s estimated that issues with early childhood education cost the state economy more than $1 billion per year. Business professionals and politicians agree that there is a severe lack of access to high-quality child care in the state. But with the state facing a $1 billion budget shortfall, can funds be found to make this a priority?

Airs Thursday, December 28, 2017, at 6 p.m. With a New Year approaching, now is the best time to commit to practicing a healthier lifestyle. But, what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? And what role does exercise play in the health equation? Join us for Louisiana Public Square as we brings together experts and personal success stories on an encore presentation of “Healthy New Year!”

Airs Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. Baton Rouge and New Orleans consistently rank among the top three cities nationwide for the highest HIV and AIDS rates per capita. And in rural Louisiana, the number of new HIV infections has risen slightly with infected individuals more likely to escalate to an AIDS diagnosis. So, how many people are living with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana and what resources are available to assist them? Why has the state seen an overall decline in new HIV diagnosis but an increase in its rural areas?