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The Illuminator podcast is a weekly show focused on Louisiana state politics and government. We talk to elected officials, experts, community leaders and regular people about the biggest issues facing our state.

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Below is a transcript of an excerpt of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews Democrat Troy Carter, who is running for Congress in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. Carter currently represents New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish in the Louisiana Senate. Julie: Carter was first elected to public office in 1991,...
Below is a transcript of an excerpt of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews Republican Julia Letlow, who is running for Congress in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District. Julia Letlow is also the widow of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, who died of COVID-19 in December. Julie: Julia Letlow is from the 5th...
Below is a transcript of an excerpt of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who is running for Congress in Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District.  Peterson: In Congress, I’ll treat things like climate change like the urgent crisis that it is. I believe everyone has a right...
Below is a transcript of an excerpt of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews Ryan Richard, a critical care and pulmonary doctor who has been treating COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit. Richard works at Our Lady of the Lake hospital in Baton Rouge.  Richard: The people that have...
Below is a transcript of a portion of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews Racheal Hebert, head of the Sexual Trauma Awareness & Response organization. Hebert discusses LSU's recent sexual assault and domestic violence scandal as well as Louisiana's shortage of sexual assault services. Julie: Louisiana is one of the most...
Below is a transcript of a portion of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews Rev. James Gaddy of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic church in Cameron Parish about hurricane recovery. Gaddy's church suffered $3 million worth of damage during the 2020 hurricane season. Below is an excerpt of their...
Below is a transcript of a portion of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews journalist Jeremy Alford about the drafting of Louisiana's state constitution in 1973 and 1974. Alford wrote a book about this topic called "The Last Constitution".  Julie: The convention faced problems. Jeremy says it ran out of...
Below is a transcript of a portion of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews journalists Christiaan Mader and Marie Elizabeth Oliver about their reporting project, Lifeline COVID: How the telephone answered Louisiana's call for help. Mader is the founder and executive editor of The Current in Lafayette.  Julie: Through his...
The following is a transcript of a portion of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews state Luke Letlow, who is running for Congress in Louisiana’s 5th district. He faces state Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, in a runoff election Dec. 5. To this to the full episode, go here.  Julie: Letlow says improving broadband...
The following is a transcript of a portion of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews state Rep. Lance Harris, R-Alexandria, who is running for Congress in Louisiana's 5th district. He faces Republican Luke Letlow in a runoff election Dec. 5. To this to the full episode, go here.  Julie: If elected...

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