OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
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No matter which era of recent U.S. history we look back on, we seem to be constantly working on two issues: healthcare and education.
The debate at the center of these discussions is often financial. Where is Federal or state money for reform going to come from? And if reform is privately funded, how are these fundamental requirements distributed equally?
In Louisiana – and especially here in New Orleans – healthcare and education are going down their own unique, and very different paths.
New Orleans is the only city in the United States where one hundred percent of our public schools are charter schools. What started out as a post-Katrina experiment has become a nationwide trendsetting model.
The Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, Caroline Roemer Shirley, joins Peter on Out to Lunch to discuss the new education business model that's becoming a model for other cities.
In healthcare, although here in New Orleans we are spending millions of dollars constructing hospitals, the Katrina-decimation of the healthcare system has not led to any sweeping city-wide change. That, instead, is left to individuals. Like Lena Sendik.
Lena is the owner and CEO of Balance Integrative Health, a new medical clinic that offers traditional Western medicine as well as alternatives, from acupuncture to Ayurveda.
In the You Heard It Here First segment of the show Peter introduces Drew Goldsberry, an entrepreneur who is bringing back the aromatic Cinnamon Broom, an ecologically pure, non chemical room fresehener. You can find a more detailed conversation about Cinnamon Brooms with Peter, Lena, and Caroline here.