Public broadcasting in Louisiana touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s eight public television and 10 public radio stations play a vital role in Louisiana education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Louisiana:
- Broadcasts 30 hours per week on public radio in the French language unique to Louisiana's Acadian and Creole cultures. Programs include Bonjour Louisiane, Zydeco est Pas Sale, Rendez-Vous des Cajuns, Le Reveil and Dimanche Matin.
- Supports The Electric Company Afterschool Reading Program, Read Across America and the Raising Readers Library Corners at several public library systems in the state.
- Works with university departments in music media, modern languages, eco-tourism and folklore.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood, a documentary highlighting the major events in Louisiana’s history.
- Louisiana Public Square, a monthly gathering giving citizens a chance to have candid and meaningful conversations about the important issues in the state and discuss them with a panel of experts on that month’s subject.
- Greater New Orleans, which focuses on rebuilding and moving the area forward.
- Gulf Coast USA, which takes viewers on a journey throughout the state’s 10 coastal parishes for an exciting look at the fishing, food, festivities and fun that this region has to offer.
- Informed Sources, bringing the region’s top print and broadcast journalists together to examine the stories behind the headlines.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships. Louisiana Public Broadcasting is convening organizations across the state to address the dropout crisis.
- Sponsors community engagement activities with PBS character appearances in libraries, schools, community fairs and mall events, which reinforce public broadcasting’s commitment to early literacy.
- Hosts Super Why! summer camps around the state, where students show remarkable literacy improvement from the beginning of the weeklong camp to the end.Participates in Ready To Learn, an innovative public media initiative that improves the math and literacy skills of our nation’s youngest citizens, ages 2–8 years, especially those from low-income backgrounds.