A new report estimates that nearly 353,000 Louisianans will be eligible for federal subsidies to offset the cost of a health insurance premium, making coverage affordable for lower-income families when the new health care law takes effect next year. But the head of the Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition finds that many residents don’t understand how these "premium tax credits" work. Moriba Karamoko said even the word “tax” in the name has a very chilling effect.

Commentator Gary Joiner explores abandoned towns -- from Rum Center to Fischer -- and explains why their history matters.

Commentator Gary Joiner take an historic look at the lottery in Louisiana.

Commentator Gary Joiner explores the history of cotton production and its connection to Louisiana.

Commentator Gary Joiner offers a primer of the Poverty Point culture in northeast Louisiana near the town of Epps.