Aired Friday, November 6, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Tracy Pinkerton, the Executive Director for the Angelina Arts Alliance, about Mobilizing our Community with Kevin Reese, which takes place November 9 – 13. For more information visit online the Angelina Arts Alliance or Call 936-633-5454.

Airs Sunday, July 7 at 6 p.m. How can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions?      Occupations in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are projected to grow by nearly 10% over the next five years. Experts estimate Louisiana alone will have 69,000 STEM job vacancies by 2018. But who will fill these positions?      Nationwide, more than 300,000 jobs are currently being left vacant because employers can’t find individuals skilled enough in STEM. In Louisiana, 40% of eighth-graders report never designing a science project. Only 3% of high-school seniors take advance college placement tests in science. While male students have shown a recent increased interest in STEM, Louisiana females’ interest has been decreasing since 2008.      So, how can Louisiana better equip its citizens for future STEM positions? Are Louisiana’s educators adequately prepared to teach STEM courses? And how can students be encouraged to pursue STEM careers? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “STEM Status: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math in Louisiana.”

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain goes on an exercise regiment, for his brain.

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain continues his wrestling grudge match with math and the education of his own child.

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain wrestles with math dilemmas and teaching his own child.