French Quarter, New Orleans, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Photo by Tom Wright/The Lens

Louisiana rejoins the list of states with rising case loads of coronavirus. But some politicians are crying foul over pandemic precautions, as Rosemary Westwood of partner station WWNO-New Orleans Public Radio reports. That’s troubling for medical professionals; so are the growing number of tourists coming to New Orleans.

We also have wraps from the education and criminal justice beats. And the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has rebranded itself for changing times. But its mission remains a serious one. We hear from the Pontchartrain Conservancy‘s Kristi Trail in our latest podcast.

Behind The Lens is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and Stitcher. And we broadcast the show on community radio stations 102.3 FM WHIV LP in Mid-City and 90.3 FM WAMF-LP in the Marigny.

Our thanks to Bill Perry, Jr. for some outstanding piano jazz this week, recorded in 2019.