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Set in Baton Rouge, new National Treasure TV show unearths Louisiana history

Lisette Olivera as Jess Valenzuela in National Treasure: Edge of History
Brian Roedel
Lisette Olivera as Jess Valenzuela in National Treasure: Edge of History

This episode of Louisiana Considered aired on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Here's what it featured:

Last month, Disney Plus premiered National Treasure: Edge of History. This TV Show brings the national treasure story back to life after a 15-year hiatus and was written and produced by the same team behind the original franchise. But unlike the original two movies, this series was filmed and takes place in Baton Rouge.

Cormac and Marianne Wibberly, the husband and wife screenwriting duo behind the series, join us for more on how this new show celebrates Baton Rouge culture and history.

Thousands of incarcerated people in the US have fought to prove their innocence and won. But in some cases, the fight to get released from prison marks the start of another fight: the push for financial compensation for the years spent behind bars. NPR’s Ari Shapiro brings us the story of two Louisianans trying to rebuild their lives after their exonerations.

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 and Aubry Procell.

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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.