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Stories from Louisiana's Underground Railroad

Juneteenth, a commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, is roughly one week away. In honor of the day, we hear from Kathe Hambrick, founder of the River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville. She shares long-overlooked stories of the enslaved, the underground railroad and the fight for freedom right here in Louisiana.

But first, in Baton Rouge, if a nearby neighbor is making too much noise, there’s a law on the books to deal with the complaint. But what if the offense is to the nose? Many residents in the city have been voicing complaints about a stench in the air coming from businesses, chemical plants and the city-parish’s two sewage plants.

District 5, Metro Council member Darryl Hurst tells us about a new ordinance he has proposed to address the stink.

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.