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It’s human v. ocean in new climate justice-themed experimental musical, ‘Ocean Filibuster’

"Ocean Filibuster" premiered at American Repertory Theater
Maggie Hall
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"Ocean Filibuster" premiered at American Repertory Theater

This week, the Louisiana legislature is poised to pass a $5 million tax credit for donations to anti-abortion pregnancy centers. The bill’s author, Senator Beth Mizell, has said these centers can improve Louisiana’s crisis in maternal and infant health. But a WWNO/WRKF survey found that most provide nearly no maternal health care, nearly no reproductive health care, and some provide health misinformation.

Public health reporter Rosemary Westwood reported this story for WWNO and WRKF. She joins us now for more.

Tulane’s Summer Lyric Theatre is gearing up for its 56th season. Interim artistic director C. Leonard Raybon has chosen a selection of classic musicals to fill the summer months, beginning with Meredith Willison’s The Music Man. He joins us with choreographer/director Diane Lala for more on the upcoming performances.

Ocean science and climate justice come alive in PearlDamour’s Ocean Filibuster, a unique immersive music theater experience opening this week at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. The work, written by Lisa D’Amour and directed by Katie Pearl is billed as an epic “human vs ocean” showdown, set in a future Global Senate. Ocean Filibuster writer and co-creator Lisa D’Amour joins us with the details.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack. 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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Diane hosts Louisiana Considered on Tuesdays on WRKF and WWNO.
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.