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01/09 - Guarded Condition - Healthcare in Louisiana

12/08 - The Best of Public Square 2008

11/08 - Louisiana and the Limits of Charity

10/08 - Louisiana’s Stake: Presidential Election 2008

09/08 - Hurricane Gustav: Aftermath and Recovery

08/08 - Coastal Comeback: Louisiana and Mississippi after Katrina

07/08 - Louisiana’s Children: A Future at Risk (Encore Edition)

06/08 - Session Review: A Legislative Report Card

05/08 - Homeless in Louisiana

04/08 - Economic Development in Louisiana

03/08 - Louisiana’s Legislative Priorities

02/08 - Violence in Louisiana

01/08 - Ethics Reform in Louisiana

12/07 - The Best of Public Square 2007

11/07 - China on the Bayou: The Cost of Buying Cheap

10/07 - A “By the People” Special

09/07 - Louisiana Homestead

08/07 - Louisiana’s Children: A Future at Risk

07/07 - New Arrivals: Immigration and the Bayou State

06/07 - War in Iraq: Louisiana’s Perspective

05/07 - Louisiana’s Image

04/07 - Legislative Priorities 2007

03/07 - Climate Change and Louisiana: The Heat is On

02/07 - Capital Punishment in Louisiana

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     08/18 - The Power of Reading

How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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