This week on Behind the Lens, a coalition of community organizers opposed to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s plan to move City Hall to the Municipal Auditorium is given a Herculean task: come up with their own proposal for the building in 90 days, without any help from the city.  

A federal administrative complaint was filed last week claiming that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been releasing immigrants into remote areas without access to transportation, sometimes even without a phone call. The group filing the complaint says it’s unsafe and against agency policy. 

And as a result of spiking COVID-19 case numbers, Mayor Cantrell announced a mask “advisory” for the city. 

Our guests this week are contributing writer Jordan Hirsch, contributing writer Madeline Aruffo, health reporter Philip Kiefer and 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...