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In honor of National Rescue Dog Day, a conversation on why the day was founded

Constanza, a rescue dog who was later adopted at the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach, Florida
Zoe Beriss
Constanza, a rescue dog who was later adopted at the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach, Florida

Today on Louisiana Considered, we learn how dogs help guide children in navigating their developing relationships. We also learn more about the current legislative session at the state Capitol and get an update on unionizing efforts at multiple Starbucks locations.

On Monday, we heard a conversation between two Starbucks employees — one in Birmingham and one in New Orleans — about their unionizing attempts. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Stephan Bisaha tells us about upcoming votes on whether to join or reject unionizing, and how Starbucks has waged an anti-union campaign in response.

May 20 is National Rescue Dog Day, an annual event that recognizes how these beloved pets help teach children to navigate developing relationships. Lisa Wiehebrink, founder of the day as well as the nonprofit Tails That Teach, tells us how to celebrate.

A $39 billion operating budget plan and a ban on transgender youth participating in sports have left the debate floor and are headed to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk. Capitol Access Reporter Paul Braun tells us more about these pieces of legislation and how the governor is expected to respond.

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, Aubry 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.