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Remembering P.B.S. Pinchback, Louisiana’s – and the nation’s – first Black governor

P.B.S. Pinchback, former governor of Louisiana
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P.B.S. Pinchback, former governor of Louisiana

In December of 1872, Pickney Benton Stewart Pinchback, otherwise known as PBS Pinchback, became governor of Louisiana. He was the first African American to become governor of any US state.

To learn more about Pinchback’s life and legacy 150 years after his reign, Louisiana Considered’s Alana Schreiber spoke with Joseph Dawson, Professor Emeritus of History Texas A & M University. He is the editor of the book The Louisiana Governors: From Iberville to Edwards.

November saw the debut of the new documentary Hollow Tree, which follows three Louisiana teenagers trying to navigate a changing climate affecting their homelands. The Coastal Desk’s Halle Parker spoke with the documentary’s young stars as well as the film’s director Kira Ackerman.

Before Roe v. Wade was overturned earlier this year, organizers and lawmakers raised concerns about what abortion restrictions would mean for states where maternal outcomes were already bad. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Maya Miller digs into a new report on the reality of reproductive care in abortion-restrictive states.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman and Aubry Procell.

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Patrick was the Regional News Director for the news collaboration between WRKF Baton Rouge and WWNO New Orleans, from 2019 through 2023.
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.