PBS show marks 37th anniversary

“Louisiana: The State We’re In” will mark its 37th anniversary with a new season starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

The program also airs at 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the six-station Louisiana Public Broadcasting network, and airs on LPB’s sister station WLAE-TV32 in New Orleans at 7 p.m. Friday.

Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford anchor and produce the show, which combines in-depth coverage of important issues in the state along with expert analysis of those issues. That includes continuing coverage of stories including the lasting effect of the BP oil spill on Louisiana’s coastline, the Bayou Corne sinkhole and the ongoing court battles over education initiatives supported by the Jindal administration.

Since its inception in 1976, the show has also covered the Louisiana Legislature extensively.

The program also has lighthearted features on the people and places that make Louisiana so unique. For example, Whinham’s “Lost Louisiana: What’s In A Name” series looked at how the village of Mowatta and towns like Dry Prong and Zwolle got their names.

The newest addition to the show is “Prescription for Health” which features Dr. Rani Whitfield.