“Louisiana: The State We’re In” co-host Shauna Sanford will talk with Dr. Fred Cerise, former head of LSU’s Health System, about the state’s health care system at 7 p.m. Friday on WLPB, Channel 27.1 (cable Channel 12).

Also, LSU-Shreveport students are helping inspire inner-city teens to become math and science geeks.

Southern Education Desk reporter Sue Lincoln will tell viewers how the A.S.P.I.R.E. program works.

The holiday season in Louisiana is kicking off this weekend with the Natchitoches Festival of Lights, and co-host Charlie Whinham will discuss how this central Louisiana attraction, which began in 1927, captivates visitors and town folk alike with more than 300,000 Christmas lights along the Cane River Lake, downtown horse-drawn carriage rides, and ... snow.