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How Louisiana’s club and music businesses are preparing for festival season

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The Blind Boys of Alabama performing at Tipitina's, New Orleans, on April 15, 2009.

Louisiana recently began its medical marijuana program, ramping up release of the raw, smokable product called “flower.” But long wait lines and pharmacy stocking issues have made the rollout of this program anything but seamless. Medical marijuana patients and advocates Angela Broussard and Joshua Moffet tell us more about the importance of access to this kind of medical treatment.

Also on Louisiana Considered, we check in with some of Louisiana’s most popular entertainment venues as pandemic restrictions wind down and festival season ramps up. Johnny Blancher of the New Orleans and Lafayette Rock’n’Bowl and Robert Mercurio of Galactic and Tipitina’s tell us more about the current state of the club and music industry.

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

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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.