A new study is showing that African-Americans in Mississippi are disproportionately affected by the state's decision not to expand Medicaid. The report from the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 138,000 Mississippians will make too much for traditional Medicaid but too little to get subsided private insurance. Rachel Garfield is with Kaiser, and spoke with MPB's Jeffrey Hess.
DJ Batiste was a troubled high school senior. He was on the verge of failing to graduate or dropping out altogether when he found himself in the classroom of Donna Porter. DJ joins us to talk about how Ms. Porter changed his life by using a teaching technique called Conscious Discipline. He starts by talking about his difficult beginnings.
Developers are hoping a new project will offer more disaster help to deaf residents of Mississippi and the Gulf Coast. The partnership is between NPR, MPB and other public radio stations in the Gulf Coast Region. It will use a public radio distribution network already in place, plus an app that is being developed, to deliver timely emergency alerts to the deaf. Rich Rarey is with NPR Labs. He spoke to us about the pilot project.