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Roux Radio 10/2


This week on Roux Radio, Louisiana's poet laureate, a new human ancestor, and the tax plans of the four major candidates for governor.

Modern medicine seems pretty distant from the old folk traditions. But that hasn’t stopped Pennington Biomedical Research Center from investigating the healing potential of native Louisiana plants. Travis Lux has more.


Earlier this week Peter Cooley gave his inaugural reading as Louisiana’s poet laureate. Ann Marie Awad asked the Detroit native how living in Louisiana has shaped his work.


About a month ago researchers discovered a new species of human ancestor,Homo naledi. One of the scientists from that team is LSU’s own Dr. Juliet Brophy. Wallis Watkins spoke with her.


Not sure what to do with your Caladium plants? Dan Gill has answers.

Louisiana’s candidates for governor have offered more generalities than specifics when it comes to their tax plans. Sue Lincoln looks at where the candidates stand on that issue as part of Capitol Access’ ongoing coverage of the 2015 gubernatorial race. 

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Nick Janzen began his journalism career right here at WRKF. Reporting primarily on science and the environment, he also covers sports and local news. Born and raised in New Orleans, Nick earned a bachelors in political science from the University of Alabama before moving to Baton Rouge to pursue a masters in coastal science from Louisiana State University. Nick is a proud sci-fi nerd and passionate soccer fan.