Airs Friday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. What will the changes to the state’s education system mean for Louisiana’s public schools? Much of Governor Jindal’s education reform package has passed this legislative session, including creating America’s largest school voucher program, tying teacher pay to test scores and granting more authority to principals and superintendents.
McNeese State University student Renee Davis has become the national college campus coordinator for UniteWomen.org. Women's rights rallies will be held in every state on Saturday. Davis says on the home front, it's been difficult to galvanize support among Louisiana lawmakers, and she knows why.
Airs Friday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. With over 83,000 employees, the State of Louisiana is the largest employer in the state. The retirement systems covering these current employees and former state workers have accumulated more than $18 billion in unfunded debt. Last year public employees’ pensions cost Louisiana taxpayers $1.78 billion. Governor Jindal has put forth several proposals this legislative session to transform the system to regain solvency. How will the changes affect current state employees and new hires? And can the system be revamped without breaking the promise to those who have provided years of public service?
Airs Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has been hearing arguments in the one of the most important legal and policy cases of our generation. Today the justices will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court will release audio of today's arguments and NPR will offer one-hour wrap specials tonight of the arguments. Jennifer Ludden, NPR correspondent, will host tonight special. We will have edited highlights of the arguments before the justices. Tentative guests include Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.
Kai Ryssdal will be interviewing President Obama for this evening's Marketplace broadcast. Kai will chat with President Obama at the Copper Mountain Solar facility in Boulder Hills, Nevada. In addition to talking about energy policy and high gas prices, they will touch on many aspects of the economy: jobs, the budget, housing, average Americans, banks and the politics of economic policy. With Kai in Nevada, Tess Vigeland will be stepping in to host the show.