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New Orleans Public Libraries launches new locally-sourced music streaming service

Today on Louisiana Considered, we learn about a statewide student film competition, and hear why local libraries are launching a new music streaming service. Then, we dig into allegations against the Mississippi Department of Health.

As the school year wraps up, so has a film competition for middle and high school students across Louisiana. The Film Prize Junior 2022 festival featured 79 student films from 48 schools across the state and over $12,000 in scholarships and media grants.

Gregory Kallenberg, executive director of the Prize Foundation and Film Prize Junior, and Otis Buras, winner of the Grand Prize for best short film in the high school division, tell us more.

It’s no secret that New Orleans is a musical city, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy for local artists to gain exposure — nor is the live music scene equally accessible for everyone. But now the New Orleans Public Library System is trying to change that with the launch of Crescent City Sounds: a locally-sourced music streaming service populated exclusively by the city’s lesser-known artists.

To learn more, Louisiana Considered managing producer Alana Schreiber spoke with the library associate leading this project, Josh Smith, and local music journalist and curator Alison Fensterstock.

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine over one year ago had somewhat of a bumpy start, including in Mississippi. The NAACP has issued a new lawsuit against the Mississippi Department of Health, saying low-income communities of color were actively left out in the beginning.

Shalina Chatlani, health care reporter for the Gulf States Newsroom, talked about the complaint with Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Desare Frazier.

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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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.