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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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The following is a transcript of a portion of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews Rob Anderson, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Louisiana's 3rd District. Anderson is running against Republican incumbent Clay Higgins. To listen to the full episode, go here. Julie: If elected, Anderson says his top priority would...
The following is a transcript of a portion of this podcast episode. Julie O’Donoghue interviews U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Louisiana. Cassidy is up for reelection Nov. 3.  To listen to the full episode, go here.  Julie: Trump and several Republicans around him have tested positive for COVID-19. Several...
The following is a transcript of a portion of this podcast episode. Julie O'Donoghue interviewed Adrian Perkins, mayor of Shreveport and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. To listen to the full episode, go here.  Julie: Perkins insists he didn’t have any intention of running for Senate until COVID-19...
The following is a portion of a transcript from this podcast episode. Host Julie O’Donoghue talked to Duc-Hien Vu, a Cameron Parish resident who is trying to figure out if he should rebuild his home destroyed by Hurricane Laura. Julie: After raising their kids in Lake Charles, the Vus started...
The following is a portion of a transcript from this podcast episode. Host Julie O’Donoghue talked to Dr. Stephen Barnes, director of the Blanco Public Policy Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Barnes is also an associate professor of economics at the university. Julie: Barnes says generous unemployment...
The following is an excerpt from this podcast episode. Host Julie O’Donoghue talked to Louisiana Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell, about Louisiana's fight over voting during the coronavirus pandemic. Hewitt is the head of the Committee on the Senate & Governmental Affairs.  Julie: Hewitt doesn’t think it’s necessary to allow people...
The following is an excerpt from this podcast episode. Host Julie O’Donoghue talked to Stone Cox, LSU’s student government president who is entering his junior year. Julie:  says students are all over the map in terms of how they want to deal with COVID-19. Some don’t want to...
The following is an excerpt from this podcast episode. Host Julie O’Donoghue talked to Dr. Alex Billioux, who runs Louisiana’s Office of Public Health about the limits of testing and reopening of schools - among other things.  Julie: Louisiana has had more cases per capita of COVID-19 than any other...
The following is an excerpt from this podcast episode. Host Julie O'Donoghue talked to Grambling State University President Rick Gallot about his school's plan for reopening next month in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.  JULIE: Some had predicted that colleges were going to struggle with enrollment because of the pandemic,...
In this episode, host Julie O'Donoghue talks to Jim Richardson, an economics and public administration professor from LSU, about the effect of coronavirus on Louisiana's economy. The episode also features: A discussion of Louisiana's three biggest industries: oil and gas, petrochemical facilities and tourism A comparison of the expected...

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