Behind The Lens

Behind The Lens


Latest Episodes

Behind The Lens episode 48: ‘It raises questions about how the Assessor’s Office is tracking the several other industrial tax exemptions that currently exist’
September 13, 2019

The impact that industrial farms are having on local fishermen and the Gulf Dead Zone, verifying record keeping on the Industrial Tax Exemption Program, and why Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams is bringing her fair election fight to Louisiana.

Behind The Lens episode 47: ‘The right schools weren’t monitored, and that’s a problem.’
September 07, 2019

A roundup of the week in education news, and a recommendation that Entergy New Orleans should be "net zero" carbon emissions by 2050 to combat global warming.

Behind The Lens episode 46: ‘Hopefully all that data is still going to be made available about graduation rates… cause I think those kids deserve to know’
August 24, 2019

KIPP New Orleans will take over the charter for John F. Kennedy High School after this year, Kira Orange Jones survives an election eligibility challenge in her campaign for BESE, and a new interpretation of the comprehensive zoning ordinance could imp...

Behind The Lens episode 45: ‘Louisiana is reliably in the bottom 10-percent of states in terms of women’s representation’
August 16, 2019

Louisiana has a record number of women running for statewide elected office, more bad news for John F. Kennedy High School regarding a student receiving special education services, The Sewerage and Water Board needs a $25 million loan for sewer repairs.

Behind The Lens episode 44: ‘This is worse than we thought.’
August 09, 2019

The New Orleans City Council tightens restrictions on short term rentals, a judge denies emergency transcripts for students caught in the John F. Kennedy High School record keeping debacle, and a proposed Entergy plant will actually cost three times th...

Behind The Lens episode 43: ‘It’s not fair that to get your children basic educational services in this city that that’s what it has to come to’
August 03, 2019

A conflict of interest surfaces in light of a new study on short term rentals, a local parent discovers that New Orleans' charter schools aren't legally required to offer special education programming, and a candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture ta...

Behind The Lens episode 42: ‘A lot of the city’s essential functions remain underfunded’
July 26, 2019

Budget gaps in New Orleans won't be fixed by the "fair share" infrastructure deal, and another school puts administrators on leave over alleged grade inflation.

Behind The Lens episode 41: ‘It has been one of the most depressing things that I’ve ever seen in my entire career’
July 19, 2019

A lawsuit is filed over secret meetings about proposed chemical plant in St. James Parish, a short term rental tax begins making it's way through the New Orleans City Council, and more fallout from the graduation scandal at John F. Kennedy High School.

Behind The Lens episode 40: ‘You don’t know exactly what you’re gonna get until it gets here’
July 13, 2019

A conversation on emergency preparedness as New Orleans waits for Tropical Storm Barry, Entergy's efforts to lower carbon emissions, and a new approach to give expelled students the tools to return to their regular classroom

Behind The Lens episode 39: ‘That’s where the district wants to go’
July 05, 2019

A special all-schools episode. Host and producer Jessica Rosgaard talks to education researcher Doug Harris about New Orleans becoming an all-charter city. And we hear from the lawyer for a family suing John F. Kennedy High School.