For this week’s segment we talked to Austin, TX band Growl about having their tour van stolen in New Orleans last August. Here they are performing their song “Buffalo”.

Listening Post Talks Sex Education

Every month a group of high school and college students meets at the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies in New Orleans to discuss sex education policy and how to get sex ed into public schools.

Unfortunately we didn’t have room for all their voices in this week’s radio segment, but we think they add tremendously to the conversation. Here are some highlights from our conversations with them:

That’s JT Mose, Richard Chattmon, Akilah Scales, and Brunisha Jones on why they advocate for sex education in Louisiana.  

Survey Results: Sexual Health Education

1. Should sexual health education be REQUIRED in Louisiana public schools?


  • Yes: selected 32 times
  • No: selected 1 time

2. Why or why not?

  • -History shows that it is often not being taught at home and children are often given misinformation.
  • -Giving students accurate information is ultimately more beneficial overall- whether they decide to abstain or participate, the fact is they’ll find answers to their questions if they want them. Being proactive with accurate information makes the whole community healthier and better informed.
  • -Students and parents would benefit from having a third party address topics that could be difficult together: contraception, v.d., sexual identity
  • -Because studies have shown that children who have more accurate knowledge about sexuality and sexual health tend to make healthier decisions regarding th
  • -Requiring sex ed in public education ensures that young adults understand the responsibilities and choices associated with sex.
  • -Sex ed proven to prevent teen pregnancy. Crucial young people know about their bodies and reproductive health
  • -Because it’s part of health education.
  • -Children need proper education on sex. From education on their bodies to STDS. Many times their parents may not have that discussion with them
  • -Students need to be aware of the changes going on in their bodies. They also need to understand the dangers of unprotected sex.
  • -I think it should be offered but parents should have the option to opt out
  • -Knowledge is power. And from what I’ve seen ignorance sure does lead to a lot of unplanned babies.
  • -Knowledge is power
  • -It is an important aspect of young adult education that not every student gets at home.
  • -The rates of sti’s are so out of control that obviously abstinence isn’t the answer. Hormones are stronger than faith.

  • -Children and young adults are having sex at very early ages. They need to know how to protect themselves and prevent pregnancies before they even start e
  • -Children see sex on TV , utube why not get the true facts in school
  • -It’s just as important as learning to read & write.
  • -Sexual education is critical to stopping the cycle of poverty, disease, and infant mortality in Louisiana.
  • -It’s in the community’s interest to ensue that citizens understand how to maintain their sexual health
  • -Students should learn about sexual and reproductive health in an open, non-biased forum where they are able to ask questions to adults that are not their
  • -Because it’s essential for educating responsible young men and women and not everyone gets that education at home 
  • -Because Louisiana has some of the worst national measures of sexual and reproductive health. We are among the top five states for rates of HIV, chlamydia
  • -It’s education, just as important as reading and math. Many students wouldn’t get the correct information if it isn’t in school.
  • -Educated students would be less likely to get std s and less likely to become pregnant.
  • -It is important for young people to learn about their bodies and how humans reproduce. It will benefit them greatly in life to be educated in that regard
  • -For the mere fact that we know the states that have only abstinence education lead the country in unplanned teen pregnancy. This is fact not opinion.
  • -Because the rate of stds and HIV is constantly rising and teenage pregnancy

3. How did sex health ed. impact YOUR life?

  • -I at least knew what body parts were involved and how children were made.
  • -It did not. My school’s abstinence-only policy left students without a basic understanding of safe sex. I recall sexually active friends who used no cont
  • -I had a comprehensive sex ed class. I am 29 and have had no unwanted pregnancies or STDs.
  • -Made me aware of stuff my parents wouldn’t dare speak of and whose info would’ve been outdated anyway.
  • -I was supposed to have sex health ed the in 2005 when Katrina hit, so I didn’t have it. I had to google all my questions.
  • -We learned about it in school…. Te information is beneficial but I think the moral portion should be left to the parents
  • -I’m 48 and am still waiting on “the Talk” :) no sex ed for me at home or school.
  • -It made me MUCH more informed about how sexual choices I would make could impact my health. It also made me consider those choices more closely.
  • -It has equipped me with knowledge of how to take care of myself time and time again.

  • -Our male gym coach taught us sex ed in school, and I learned more from my mom & friends than I did from him
  • -It provided me with factual information necessary for protecting my health and the health of my partners. That information was not coming from my parents
  • -I didn’t learn about many of the finer points until I was sexually active, and I’m lucky that didn’t result in incurable diseases or unintended pregnancy
  • -Sexual health is an intimately fundamental component of overall health. We are letting down the next generation by not ensuring their health
  • -I Learned many important facts that my mother was unable to teach me. She was grateful for the unbiased and professionalism of the program.
  • -Never had a sex ed class.
  • -. It also benefits the rest of society.
  • -Explained a whole lot more than my parents were able to explain.
  • -A whole lot I learned more about safe sex at School than I did at home I wouldn’t have learned anything about condoms and stds
  • -It empowered me to make I informed decisions with regard to both my personal life AND my health

Meet the Listening Post Interns!

The Listening Post project is growing, which means…INTERNS!


Iwan and Julio are going to be helping us encourage participation at the HeadQuarters barbershop Listening Post.


Carrie, Ashlynn, and Erin (not pictured) are helping out at our library Posts. Here I am teaching them the ways of the Listening Post.

All five of these great young people came from the Bard Early College program here in New Orleans. We’re excited to have them on board and looking forward to collaborating with them. 

Returns on Tax Questions

  • 1. Have you filed your taxes yet?
    • No: selected 10 times
    • Yes: selected 5 times
  • 2. How should the Government spend your tax dollars?
    • -Building more parks and free recreational places for children.
    • -Education
    • -Curing the influx of homelessness. Alleviating blighted property. Keep the vacant lots mowed. Put more funding in the recreational department. Fix interstate 10 and 610. They’re not up to standards for the daily commuter.
    • -For children daycare, health care
    • -Unsure
    • -Free health care
    • -Wisely - Fed Gov’t should invest more in infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc…) - State gov’t should spend more on higher education - all levels of gov’t should stop wasting taxpayer dollars on special interests
    • -Education and recreation for youth, less on prison
    • -Efficiently
    • -On the most amount of good for the most number of people.
    • -If i am asked to pay taxes, i should be able to decide exactly how the money is spent . And i would spend it on all the things that they continue to cut
    • -That is very difficult to answer in the context of a text Message
  • 3. What will you spend your tax return on?
  • -Bills and home improvements.
  • -daily commuter.
  • -Airplane ticket
  • -Bills
  • -Going into savings
  • -Probably good times
  • -Nothing in particular
  • -I won’t be getting a return.
  • - funding for…education, arts, public transport, nord, etc…
  • -A bicycle

We also got a couple of great audio submissions left on our Listening Post answering machine—-take a listen!