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Ronnie Morris

– Ronnie Morris was a career ExxonMobil employee. He now sits on the BESE board and has a nonprofit that he started with the hydroponics

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Gardere Initiative

https://vimeo.com/854744268?share=copy – Welcome to another episode of What’s What BR. We’ve got a couple of guests with us today from the Gardere Initiative. – Eight

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Desiree Dawson of Ochsner Baton Rouge

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with new guest Desiree Dawson, Cardiologist at Ochsner Baton Rouge. Dr. Dawson talks about heart health, lifestyle changes, and other health issues and ways to take care of your body.

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Dr. Rosa Folgar of Ochsner Baton Rouge

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with Dr. Rosa Folgar of Ochsner Baton Rouge. Dr. Folgar discusses her role at Ochsner, lifestyle and wellness programs, and finding a health plan that works for you.

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What’s What BR with Samuel Heisman of Great Hearts Academies

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with first-time guest Samuel Heisman of Great Hearts Academies. Heisman describes his role as the founding head of school at Great Hearts Harveston, as well as Great Hearts’ value proposition of “classical education.” We also discuss the progress of Louisiana’s first Great Hearts Academy, which is set to open in August of 2023.

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What’s What BR with Dr. Aldo Russo of Ochsner Baton Rouge

In this episode of What’s What BR we meet with first-time guest Dr. Russo, a gastroenterologist and regional medical director of Ochsner Baton Rouge. Dr. Russo discusses his role and the physician-led environment Ochsner has created. We also discuss what can be done to take preventive measures regarding gastrointestinal diseases, as well as when it is appropriate to visit your gastroenterologist for screenings.

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What’s What BR with Teri Casso of the St. Elizabeth Foundation

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with returning guest Teri Casso of the St. Elizabeth Foundation. Teri discusses her role at St. Elizabeth’s Foundation and their mission. St. Elizabeth Foundation’s mission is to provide maternity and adoption services for women in crisis pregnancies and families who wish to adopt. We discuss the changes that have resulted in adoption this year, as well as the work and preparation St. Elizabeth Foundation must do to anticipate these changes for women and adoption.

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What’s What BR with Dr. Kenny Cole of Ochsner Health

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with first time guest, Dr. Kenny Cole. Dr. Cole discusses his role as System Vice President of Clinical Improvement and his efforts to improve clinical care for patients, providers, and care teams. We also discuss in detail the new Ochsner 65 Plus clinic.

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What’s What BR with Corey Wilson of BREC

In this episode of What’s What BR we meet with BREC Superintendent Corey Wilson. Corey discusses his impressive role, as well as his day-to-day activities. We also discuss how BREC upholds the standards of being named the “Top Large Park System in the Nation.” Wilson also discusses what BREC is currently working on right now in terms of exciting projects coming up in the near future.

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What’s What BR with Congressman Garret Graves

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with returning guest Congressman Garret Graves to discuss the current projects that are being worked on for this upcoming year. He discusses what is being done to prevent flooding problems in our area and improve traffic in Baton Rouge. We also discuss our fast-paced society and government efforts to keep pace in an accelerated world.

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What’s What BR with Tracy Wirtz and Tracy White of Cox Communications

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with Tracy Wirtz and Tracy White of Cox Communication to discuss their roles. They discuss Cox Communication’s efforts to make internet more affordable for individuals through the Affordable Connectivity Program. Wirtz and White also describe the qualifications for the savings program, along with how to spread the message and get more individuals involved. For more information, click the link below: https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/affordable-connectivity-program.html

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What’s What BR with Dr. Lindsey Fauveau of Ochsner Health

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with Breast Surgeon Oncologist, Dr. Lindsey Fauveau. Dr. Fauveau discusses her career path, along with her specializations. She also highlights the High-Risk Breast Clinic she created at Ochsner to treat women that are at high risk for breast cancer, and she mentions the many services Ochsner offers to breast cancer patients to ensure they are well taken care of.

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What’s What BR with Dr. Samitas Das of Ochsner Health

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with Dr. Samita Das, who specializes in pain management and back and spine care. Dr. Das discusses a day in the life of being a pain management doctor. She emphasizes the importance of reducing pain levels in her patients and increasing their quality of life.

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What’s What BR with Toby Guidry of Coca-Cola Bottling Company United

In this episode of What’s What BR, we meet with Toby Guidry, Sales Center Manager-Baton Rouge with Coca-Cola Bottling Company United. Guidry discusses how Coca-Cola Bottling Company United gives back to the community. He explains their scholarship programs, their internship program with HBCU schools, and their local program that allows schools to improve their athletic department.

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What’s What BR with Catherine Thornton of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

In this episode of What’s What BR, Catherine Thornton, Director of Talent Acquisition and Workforce Development, joins us to discuss Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana’s partnership with Baton Rouge Community College. This program, launching in Fall 2022, will provide employment opportunities for students with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and other organizations in the community.

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What’s What BR with Wesley Watts of the West Baton Rouge Schools

In this episode of What’s What BR, Wesley Watts of the West Baton Rouge Schools, and Superintendent of the year, shares with us their upcoming Job Fair happening on March 10.

Brandon and Wes talk about the need for teachers and how we can encourage the youth to decide on a career path that can help educate and form the next generation.

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What’s What BR with Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome

In this episode of What’s What BR, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome comes back on the show to give us the update on how Baton Rouge is doing to overcome COVID-19.

She also shares the updates on the drainage project and other activities that the mayor’s office is currently holding.

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What’s What BR with Kim Canezaro of School Board for Pointe Coupee

In this episode of What’s What BR, Kim Canezaro of Pointe Coupee Parish School Board shares with us how they’ve been handling their school activity amidst the pandemic and after the most recent hurricane; hurricane Ida.

Despite it all, the school remains in service to the students and have been able to keep going and even do better.

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What’s What BR with Sarah Tranchina of CASA

In this episode of What’s What BR, CASA BR comes back on the show with Sarah Tranchina to share with us their on going efforts to recruit volunteers.

Given the state Louisiana is in right now, CASA has opened training for volunteers online.

Interested to know more about becoming a volunteer and fostering? visit https://www.casabr.org/

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What’s What BR with Kati Morse of Hammond Downtown Development District

In this episode of What’s What BR, Kati Morse, Assistant Director of Hammond Downtown Development District, shares the return of their Downtown Hammond tradition and one of South Louisiana’s most anticipated annual events, Hot August Night!

This year’s event will take place Friday, August 27, 2021 from 5:30pm-10:00pm. Since they couldn’t celebrate last year as they turned 25 years, this year’s event will be bigger, better, and will celebrate the mark of their 25 years!

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What’s What BR with Dr. Sito Narcisse of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System

In this episode of What’s What BR, Dr. Sito Narcisse comes back on the show to give us an update on EBR school system.

Exciting things are brewing at EBR parish school system! With plans of opening a school for visual performing arts, building a new school in South Baton Rouge to provide more opportunities in that city, Professional development for teachers, principals, and even EBR Schools TV!

Listen to the full episode to hear it straight from Dr. Narcisse to find out what more you can expect and how to engage with them!

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What’s What BR with Mayor-President Sharon Broome

In this episode of What’s What BR, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome gives us the details on the program – “Go Get Healthy”

The Mayor’s office has been partnering with different organizations to make things happen.

The Go Get Healthy program aims to be able to provide local food security.

$175,000 in grants have been provided to focus on Go Get Healthy goals so they can increase the opportunity for people to have affordable and nutritious food within their communities.

Listen to the full podcast to hear more about this and other updates!

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What’s What BR with Edgardo Tenreiro of Baton Rouge General

In this episode of What’s What BR, Baton Rouge General CEO, Edgardo Tenreiro shares with us how everyone in Baton Rouge General was able to really come together during the pandemic to get things moving and make things happen.

Edgardo also shares about their upcoming project at Baton Rouge General and updates in Hospital tech innovation!

Listen to the full podcast to know more about it and get to know more about Baton Rouge General.

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What’s What BR with Lucas Spielfogel of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition

In this episode of What’s What BR, Lucas Spielfogel of the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition educates us about what they do and their current open application.

BRYC provides Fellows the best college-preparatory and persistence resources money can buy — for free — so they can maximize the value of their degrees, build wealth, and interrupt generational poverty cycles.

If you’re interested in partnering with BRYC, they’re currently accepting applications but you have to be quick since it closes on July 1!

Listen to the full podcast to know if you’re eligible and how you can get started.

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What’s What BR with Rosalind Thompson of BASIS

In this episode of What’s What BR, Rosalind Thompson of BASIS gives us the latest news on their upcoming opening of their latest campus, which totals to 31 BASIS schools in the country.

BASIS is dedicated to providing world-class education to their students. Rosalind shares what a typical BASIS student would learn, even as a kindergartener!

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What’s What BR with Edgar H. Silvey of the Baton Rouge Clinic

In this episode of What’s What BR, CEO of 33 years, Edgar H. Silvey, of The Baton Rouge Clinic, shares how things have gone back to normal and that they are more than welcoming of patients and happy to be treating them.

The Baton Rouge Clinic is celebrating 75 years and are happy to still be in service for and with the community.

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What’s What BR with Chimene Grant Saloy of Audubon Nature Institute

What’s What BR with Chimene Grant Salot of Audubon Nature Institute

Description : In this episode of Whats What BR, Chimene Grant Saloy of the Audubon Nature Institute comes on the show to talk about all the wonderful things that Audubon has to offer!

Audubon Nature Institute operates a family of ten museums and parks dedicated to nature.

Theres something for every member of the family here!

Head on over to their website at audubonnatureinstitute.org to purchase your tickets!

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What’s What BR with Mike Steele of GOHSEP

In this episode of What’s What BR, Mike Steele of GOHSEP gives us his recommendations on safety habits to teach families so that we know what to do in case of calamities.

He also highlights the need for every household to be prepared for when the unthinkable happens. https://getagameplan.org/ is a website dedicated to help everyone better prepare and plan for these moments.

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What’s What BR with Congressman Garret Graves

In this episode of What’s What BR, Garret Graves shares his experience having been invited to talk about infrastructure.

Being a Ranking Member for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation and is the Ranking Member for the new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Infrastructure is one of the top 2 things he passionately talks about.

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What’s What BR with Randel Truax of Alpha One Imaging

In this episode of What’s What BR, Randel Truax of Alpha One Imaging gives us the “what’s what” on the nature of their business; what they are, how they operate, when they operate.

The goal of Alpha One Imaging is to provide timely onsite diagnostic services performed by licensed technologists; interpreted and transcribed by subspecialty trained, expert radiologists.

Their reliable 24/7 service means you receive prompt results from JCAHO certified radiologists anytime, any day.

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What’s What BR with Robyn Lott of BREC’s Baton Rouge ZOO | Wild Wine Walk

In this episode of What’s What BR, Robyn Lott of BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo shares their upcoming event, Wild Wine Walk.

The Wild Wine Walk is a first of its kind at the Baton Rouge Zoo offering guests an opportunity to stroll the Zoo as they taste a variety of wines & sample small bites from local eateries. The event will take place on May 21st from 4pm – 7:30pm.

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What’s What BR with Todd Graves, founder of Raising Cane’s, talks about his show, Restaurant Recovery

In this episode of What’s What BR, Todd Graves, founder of Raising Cane’s, Shares his latest project series called Restaurant Recovery, which was conceptualised by the thought of “paying it forward” by helping out independent restaurants.

The pandemic that came really hit hard on a lot businesses, especially on independent restaurants. Todd Grave’s was able to pivot to sustain Raising Cane’s but he thought about the restaurants that could not sustain themselves during these trying times.

With that in mind, he brainstormed with experts from the company, as well as celebrity friend like Shaquille O’Neal and Snoop Dogg, to help independent restaurants that struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic and formed the show Restaurant Recovery.

The show is now streaming on Discovery+.

 Listen to the podcast to know more about it!

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