This week on Behind the Lens, 20 New Orleans school buildings named for slave owners, separatists or segregationists might be renamed in keeping with a new Orleans Parish School Board policy. 

Over 1,000 defendants convicted by split juries have had post-conviction relief petitions filed on their behalf since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled non-unanimous verdicts unconstitutional.

The city of New Orleans has collected only $1,500 in fines — not the $1 million one official appeared to suggest last month — levied on short-term rentals over two years for violations of city regulations. (Note: Since this episode was published, The Lens has been given reason to believe the numbers on short-term rental fines we were provided by the city are inaccurate. Please see the editor’s note on the original story.)

Our guests this week are education reporter Marta Jewson, criminal justice reporter Nick Chrastil, government and cultural economy reporter Michael Isaac Stein, and The Lens editor Charles Maldonado.

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Carolyne Heldman

Carolyne Heldman has been in media for 35 years, most recently as Executive Director at an NPR member station in Colorado where she was responsible for new multi-platform content initiatives, strategic...