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Two years and three attempts later, here's a look at how Jazz Fest is returning to Louisiana


After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, Jazz Fest is finally set to return to New Orleans. Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Don Marshall tells us how they’re gearing up for the big event.

Twenty-four years ago, Brandon Jackson was convicted of armed robbery by 10 out of 12 jurors, back when juries did not have to be unanimous for felony convictions. Today, juries must be unanimous, but Jackson remains behind bars. Senior Producer Jeremy Young, who shared Jackson’s story in the documentary series Fault Lines for Al Jazeera English, tells us more.

Back in November, Julia Hawkins made headlines when she set the world record for fastest 100-meter dash for a 105-year-old. Today she celebrates a new milestone: her 106th birthday. Hawkins spoke to Louisiana Considered’s Managing Producer, Alana Schreiber about her lifetime of accomplishments, running and otherwise.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karl Lengel. Our producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

Louisiana Considered is made possible with support from our listeners. Thank you!

Karl Lengel has returned to New Orleans to serve as WWNO’s local host for All Things Considered, a post he held here pre-Katrina. Besides radio, Karl has had a long theatrical career too; read on to learn all about our talented and versatile announcer!
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.