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New Orleans is officially a one newspaper town - and it's The Times Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate. 

In May, the Advocate purchased its rival news organization and now the two brands have merged. WWNO's Karl Lengel spoke with the paper's editor, Peter Kovacs.

When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22nd, 1963, people around the country quickly rejected their government's conclusion that a sole assassin committed the crime. A slew of conspiracy theories took hold, but only one conspiracy theorist transferred his theories into actual arrests. Jim Garrison, District Attorney of New Orleans, was media savvy, and skillfully attracted TV cameras, reporters, and supporters with his giant claims. In 1967, the world watched Garrison insist that he had “solved the assassination.” But who was at fault?

 

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Huey Pierce Long: you either loved him, or hated him. He had thousands of adoring fans, and fearful enemies. Long went from traveling salesman to Louisiana Governor, and then US senator, through his mastery of the media. Then once in power, he waged a war against it.

Editorial page editor Danny Heitman from the Baton Rouge Advocate talks about the conditions at LSU's Middleton Library.


New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet joins us to discuss the journalistic landscape in the age of President Donald Trump.

Baquet will be the featured speaker at the annual Founder’s Day Luncheon for WRKF next month. He is a native of New Orleans and a Pulitzer Prize winner.


LRN

Bradley Beychok discusses the role of media watchdog groups and the interaction between the press and President Donald Trump.


Advocate editor Peter Kovacs speaks with us about the future of the largest newspaper in Louisiana.


The Advocate's Secret Weapon: A Speedy Press

Jun 11, 2013
FILE: The Advocate's Production Facility on Reiger Road in Baton Rouge, La.
The Advocate

It's sort of a fluke.

The Baton Rouge paper had been nursing its 1950s era letterpresses for years when it finally had to bite the bullet and invest in a new production facility. The speedy offset press came online in 2006, just as the country headed into a recession and the newspaper industry was tanking.

So when John Georges closed the deal to buy The Advocate in May, it came with one of the newest printing presses in the country.