Politics

Airs Sunday, January 11 at 6 p.m. Income inequality has been on the rise for decades. In the last 30 years, the wages of the top 1% have grown by 154%, while the bottom 90% has seen growth of only 17%. As the rungs of the economic ladder move further and further apart, conventional wisdom says that it will become much more difficult to climb them. Opportunities for upward mobility—the American dream—will disappear as the deck becomes stacked against the middle class and the poor. But others see inequality as a positive, a sign of a dynamic and robust economy that, in the end, helps everyone. And contrary to public opinion, mobility has remained stable over the past few decades. If the American dream is dying, is it the result of income inequality? Or is disparity in income a red herring where more complex issues are at play?

Arguing for the motion: Arguing for the motion: Elise Gould, Senior Economist and Director of Health Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute; and Nick Hanauer, Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist.

Arguing against the motion: Edward Conard, Visiting Scholar with AEI & Former Partner with Bain Capital; and Scott Winship, Fellow with the Manhattan Institute.

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.

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