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A new Amtrak line could connect New Orleans to Mobile, but not all of Alabama is on board

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Stephan Bisaha
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Train station in Bay, St. Louis, Mississippi

Two decades ago, an Amtrak line used to run from Louisiana all the way to Orlando, Florida. Hurricane Katrina brought that to a halt, but now officials are discussing ways to restore part of that service, connecting New Orleans to Mobile.

Gulf States Newsroom’s Stephan Bisaha tells us why not everyone is supportive of this new proposal.

One Louisiana scientist is touting research that seeks to come up with ways to mimic the health benefits of exercise in some other way. Exercise psychologist and director of the Integrative Physiology and Molecular Medicine Lab, Chris Axelrod, tells us more about what’s being dubbed “exercise in a pill.”

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry 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. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is the Baton Rouge-based host for Louisiana Considered, our daily regional news program, and is also frequently the local voice afternoons on All Things Considered.
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.