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From a Tunica-Biloxi basket weaving summit to Día de los Muertos, we hear all about fall festivals

Tunica-Biloxi Basket Weaving Summit 2019
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Tunica-Biloxi Basket Weaving Summit 2019

If you live in Louisiana, there are plenty of festivals to attend even in fall, from a Tunica-Biloxi basket weaving summit to Dia de los Muertos and, of course, Halloween.

Historian Dr. Laura Kelley tells us more about how all of these fall celebrations are centered around the changing seasons and the harvest, and basket weaver Elizabeth Pierite Mora gives us some insight into the traditional tribal craft. Then, Susan Larson, host of “The Reading Life,” helps explain the cultural significance of the upcoming Louisiana Book Festival.

But first, how do you solve a problem like Jackson’s failing water infrastructure, which recently left hundreds of thousands of people without safe tap water for over a month? Well for some living in the suburb of Byram, Mississippi, the solution is to go their own way. But the Gulf States Newsroom’s Stephan Bisaha reports that, according to experts, the answer isn’t water independence, but cooperation.

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, 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.