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LA Senate Bill Seeks To Create Voting Machine Commission

LA VOTING MACHINES — A proposal that started moving forward in the Louisiana state Senate would rework the way Louisiana shops for voting machines. The legislation comes after two failed efforts to replace the state’s voting system ended in controversy. The proposal is from Senate Republican leader Sharon Hewitt from Slidell. "The Senate Bill 221 is the Voting Systems Bill that I believe will provide a much more open, transparent, fair and accountable process for procuring voting systems,"...

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Red River Radio Spotlight: “Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill”

Airs Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with director Angelique Feaster Evans and Natorshau Davis who take on the role of Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” a play by Lanie Robertson. This production features multiple performances at multiple venues and opens tonight in the Floyd L. Sandle Theatre on The Grambling State University campus. Live performances are free but registration is required and seating is limited. Safety protocols will be in place including temperature checks, social distancing, and required masks. Complete show times, locations, and registration details found HERE or by calling 318-274-2106.

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Health Matters Special: Profiles in Mental Health and Courage from Safe Space Radio.
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Health Matters Special: Profiles in Mental Health and Courage from Safe Space Radio.

Airs Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 6 p.m. Courage is the choice to act even when we feel afraid. It gives us the ability to address shame, stigma and silence—and to feel our own strength. This hour-long show is about how accessing our courage supports our mental health and well-being. We explore the experience of living with mental illness—such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and borderline personality disorder—as a kind of “courage boot camp.” We also discuss how culturally-imposed silence can enforce shame and make accessing our courage much more difficult. Safe Space Radio combines compelling storytelling with practical expert guidance to give you the tools you need to find your own courage.

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Film Prize Junior
Film Prize Junior

Red River Radio Spotlight: Film Prize Junior

Airs Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 11 a.m. Bill Beckett spoke with Gregory Kallenberg, founder and executive director of the “Prize,” about Film Prize Junior, The South’s largest online student film festival, featuring over 60 films from Louisiana High School and Middle School Students, gets underway tonight and runs through the April 25th. A full schedule of events can be found on the festival website,

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A More Perfect Union: A Musical Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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A More Perfect Union: A Musical Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Airs Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 7 p.m. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent a lifetime championing her two passions: equal rights and classical music, often referencing the similarities between the courtroom and the concert hall. WFMT presents a new 2-hour special as family and friends, including her son Jim Ginsburg, Renée Fleming, Denyce Graves, Lawrence Brownlee, Francesca Zambello, and Nina Totenburg, honor Ginsburg’s legacy and devotion to music.

Ginsburg was a...

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Shreveport House Concert Series: Steve Poltz

Airs Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 8 p.m. From the Shreveport House Concert series we present Steve Poltz Live.

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President Biden plans to re-establish the U.S. as a climate leader. Protesters gather in Columbus after an officer shot a Black teenage girl. Schools aim to help kids after a year of uncertainty.

The International Space Station might be bigger than a football field, but it's equipped with just seven permanent sleeping pods, each about the size of a phone booth. NASA has to get creative for those rare times when there are more people than beds.

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Democratic Members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees are asking U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself from participating in a case involving a conservative nonprofit with ties to a group that gave at least $1 million to fund a "national campaign" to win Senate confirmation of her Supreme Court nomination.

The man accused of killing 10 people in a mass shooting in a Boulder, Colo. grocery store last month now faces more than 40 additional charges.

Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, was already facing charges of 10 counts of murder in the first degree and one count of attempted murder over the shooting rampage at a King Soopers supermarket.

Prosecutors amended the criminal complaint against him to add 43 new felony charges, according to a motion filed Wednesday in Boulder County District Court.

More than 1,700 protesters were arrested in Russia on Wednesday as tens of thousands of Alexei Navalny supporters marched in demonstrations across the country.

OVD-info, the Russian human rights monitoring project, has been tracking the apprehensions, which started before the protests demanding that the Kremlin release the jailed opposition leader even began.

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The Senate on Wednesday narrowly voted to confirm Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, elevating a longtime civil rights attorney to the third-highest position inside the Justice Department on the same day the agency announced renewed efforts to monitor local police practices.

Gupta was confirmed by a vote of 51 to 49, with only one Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, breaking ranks to join Democrats in approving her nomination.


One Small Step

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Continue the conversation in 2021 StoryCorps Selects Shreveport for National Initiative

Continue the conversation in 2021: StoryCorps Selects Shreveport for National Initiative to Reconnect a Divided America. Shreveport is one of four cities in which StoryCorps is anchoring One Small Step in 2021 with more opportunities to record, share, and preserve conversations that show the country how Louisianians can listen to each other in spite of their differences of opinion. Read about the national effort in The Shreveport Times . Red River Radio led the project in 2020, recording 25...

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Gary Borders: A Cast Of Newspaper Characters

Airs Friday, April 16, 2021, at 7:45 p.m. This week commentator Gary Borders reflects fondly on the many colorful characters he has worked with five decades in the newspaper business.

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Snap on Sun Glasses
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Gary Borders: Memory Is A Tricky Thing

Selling The Farm by Gary Borders
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Gary Borders: Selling The Farm

Red River Radio Vehicle Donation Program

The Vehicle Donation Program provides Vehicle Donation Services to Public Radio stations across the country. This is a great way to support this station and get a tax write off for your car. Contact the Vehicle Donation program directly online or if you have any questions about the vehicle donation process, please don't hesitate to reach out to our vehicle experts at 855-277-2346.

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COVID-19 Louisiana

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  “LSUS Vaccination Day”.  This event will be open to the public so please encourage friends, family, neighbors to come to the UC between 10 and 2 on Tuesday, April 20.  Free munchies on site and LSU employees and staff can use their vaccination card to receive a free beverage of choice at Stacks Coffeshop in Noel Library.  Hope to see you there!!!

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CORONAVIRUS VACCINES IN LOUISIANA— More than a million people in Louisiana have completed their coronavirus vaccine series. That's about 22% of the state’s population. The latest health department data was released Thursday. Officials hailed the benchmark.  But that vaccination rate remains far below the threshold  scientists say is needed to stop the uncontrolled spread of the COVID-19 disease caused by the coronavirus. Louisiana has launched a broad statewide effort to try to overcome vaccine reluctance.

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TYLER CAFE VACCINE INCENTIVE-  Earlier this month it was announced that April is National Minority Health Month by The Centers for Disease Control. And while health agencies are trying to reach out  to communities of color to promote better healt,  a local businessman in Tyler, Texas is doing his part by getting more people, not just minorities --to get coronavirus vaccines.  Courtney Esteen,  owns  Flavors Daiquiri Café in Tyler, Texas  and he’s trying to help people overcome their skepticism  and reluctance to getting a Coronavirus vaccine.

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NEW UT-TYLER  POLL -  A new poll conducted by the University of Texas at Tyler in partnership with the Dallas Morning News was released this week.  1,271 respondents of the poll were from all over Texas and they gave their views on a variety of questions ranging from the pandemic,  to  national and state political leadership.

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COVID-19 Arkansas

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ARKANSAS VACCINATIONS-Arkansas is expanding eligibility for coronavirus vaccines to another 180,000 people.  Gov. Asa Hutchinson made the  announcement  yesterday  and said the state  would  fully  open  up  the  shots  to  the remainder  of  the  1B  category  under  its vaccination  plan.

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The Story Of Bird Calls with Cliff Shackelford on Red River Radio

This video takes you into the studio with Cliff and also through the world of birds that we cover on Bird Calls, which airs the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Please join us and please call in with your questions at 800-552-8502

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