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Rayne, Louisiana, the 'Frog Capital of the World,' gears up for the 50th Frog Festival

Today on Louisiana Considered, we hear from New Orleans’ next Superintendent. Then, we learn about the 50th annual Frog Festival in Rayne.

Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. is set to leave New Orleans Public Schools when his contract expires at the end of June. His replacement, Dr. Avis Williams, is the first woman elected to permanently lead the district in its more than 180-year history.

Williams is the current superintendent of Selma City Schools in Selma, Alabama. She spoke with WWNO education reporter Aubri Juhasz to discuss her educational background and journey to the Crescent City.

After a two-year COVID hiatus, the southwest Louisiana town of Rayne that proudly proclaims itself the "Frog Capital of the World” welcomes back its annual Frog festival. The event comes just in time to celebrate the festival’s 50th anniversary.

Rayne Chamber of Commerce executive director Jennifer Autin tells us more about the history of the festival and what to expect at next weekend’s event.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. 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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Karen Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose stories have aired nationally on NPR.
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.