Politics

Airs Sunday, December 7 at 6 p.m. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were the "first couple" of American radio. FDR's prowess before the microphone is well documented. But few people remember that Eleanor Roosevelt was a radio star in her own right – with commercial sponsors paying top dollar for her talents as a news commentator. She remains the only first lady to hold a job while living in the White House. The Roosevelts forever changed the way Americans relate to their chief executive and his family.

Airs Tursday, Novemver 20 at 7 p.m. President Obama will address the nation from the White House tonight night at 7 p.m. CT.  He will unveil executive actions on immigration. Red River Radio and NPR News will provide live anchored special coverage hosted by Melissa Block that will include the President's speech and analysis.  Melissa will be joined in studio by Political Correspondent, Mara Liasson; White House Correspondent, Tamara Keith; Senior Washington Editor, Ron Elving; Congressional Reporter, Juana Summers and National Correspondent,  John Burnett will join our coverage from Texas.

Airs Sunday, November 2 at 6 p.m. In November, Louisiana voters head to the polls to decide who will represent them in Washington, D.C. This month, Louisiana Public Square explores what issues matter to the electorate and what the priorities should be for the state's next congressional delegation. Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief? Should more funds go towards coastal restoration or securing the Southern border? And what role should the state's delegation play in the future of the Affordable Care Act?

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, December 29 at 6 p.m. While gridlock and division in Washington make it difficult for either party or ideology to set the policy agenda, single-party government prevails in three-quarters of the states. In 24 states Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the legislature, and in 13 states Democrats enjoy one-party control. Comparing economic growth, education, health care, quality of life and environment, and the strength of civil society, do red or blue states win out? The debaters are Hugh Hewitt, Gray Davis, Stephen Moore, and Michael Lind.

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