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Latest issue of The Atlantic explores untold stories of the Reconstruction Era

P.B.S. Pinchback, former Governor of Louisiana and first Black Governor in U.S. history. He was elected by the state legislature during the Reconstruction era.
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P.B.S. Pinchback, former Governor of Louisiana and first Black Governor in U.S. history. He was elected by the state legislature during the Reconstruction era.

An award-winning investigation by the LSU Cold Case Project dives into the 1972 shooting of Southern University students Denver Smith and Leonard Brown by law enforcement on campus. The story is now told in a new podcast, “Bitter Jaguar.”

The Gulf States Newsroom’s Drew Hawkins wrote and produced the series and he’s hosting a public listening event this Friday on LSU’s campus. He joins us to discuss the series and the event.

The December issue of The Atlantic is all about the Reconstruction Era – the time period after the Civil War and before Jim Crow laws took over, when Black life flourished in the South. Here in Louisiana, Black-owed businesses prospered, multiple people of color were elected to the state Legislature and educational opportunities were readily available.

Vann Newkirk is a senior editor at The Atlantic who contributed to the special edition, “To Reconstruct the Nation.” He hosted the “Floodlines” podcast about Hurricane Katrina in 2020. He joins us to talk about the untold stories of Reconstruction, and their lasting impacts.

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

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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.
Bob Pavlovich, a long-time fill-in host for New Orleans Public Radio, joined the station full-time in 2023. He hosts "All Things Considered" and "Louisiana Considered" on Thursdays.