On this week’s episode, violent crime is up in the city, and DA Jason Williams is asking for more money from the city to help combat it. 

Also, The Lens has learned that the Louisiana State Police utilized drones in the summer of 2020 to monitor New Orleans and Baton Rouge protests that followed the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The New Orleans City Council voted last week to rehire the same two utility consultants it has relied on for decades to regulate Entergy New Orleans.

COVID cases have dropped in New Orleans schools as the state appears to have passed the peak of the omicron surge, and new school vaccine mandates go into effect on February 1.

Our guests this week are reporters Michael Isaac Stein, Marta Jewson and Nick Chrastil and editor Charles Maldonado.

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...