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Birmingham church bombing 60 years later; Culture Collision 13; encore interview with Shawn Wilson

Over the weekend, crowds gathered in Birmingham, Ala., to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, a racist attack that killed four young Black girls. The weekend was packed full of events to honor the lives of the victims and educate the public on the significance and legacy of the tragedy.

The Gulf States Newsroom’s Maya Miller spent the weekend in Birmingham and joins us to talk about the ways the city is still grappling with this tragedy.

Wednesday night, the Jefferson Performing Arts Center will host Culture Collision 13 – a celebration of New Orleans nonprofit visual and performing arts organizations. WWNO business manager Jameeta Youngblood tells us more about what to expect at this celebration of the arts.

Louisiana’s primary is coming up, so this week, we are re-airing our interviews with the major candidates for governor.

Shawn Wilson, served as the state’s secretary of transportation and development from 2016 until earlier this year. He faces steep odds in his run for the state’s highest office, as the lone Democrat on the ballot in a deeply red state. At last week’s debate, he refused to identify himself as pro-life or pro-choice when asked by a moderator. Instead, he said, he believes that women need to be free to make their own medical decisions, in consultation with their doctors.

Earlier this year, Wilson spoke with The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate’s editorial director and columnist Stephanie Grace about what it will take for a Democrat to win in Louisiana. Today, we give that conversation a second listen.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our assistant producer is Aubry Procell. Our engineer is Garrett Pittman.

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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.