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This week on The Reading Life:  Historian Nigel Hamilton talks about Commander in Chief: FDR’s Battle with Churchill, 1943. Nigel divides his time between Boston and New Orleans. And Susan reviews two historical novels, The Noise of Time, by novelist Julian Barnes, about composer Dimitri Shostakovich, and The Summer Guest, by novelist and translator Alison Anderson, an homage to Anton Chekhov, for beach book reading.

A coalition formed by clergy and public interest groups wants the state to re-examine the tax breaks it’s granting industry.  The group says local property taxes are being unfairly diverted from schools and law enforcement.

When it comes to child well-being in the U.S., Louisiana ranks near the bottom: 48th. That's according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The results of the annual report are, sadly, not shocking. "We have historically always ranked at least in the bottom five states in overall child well-being, so unfortunately that wasn't a big surprise," says Teresa Falgoust. She's with Agenda for Children, which contributed local data to the national report. It looks at trends in data between 2008 and 2014.

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Join WWNO and Christwood Retirement Community in Covington on Saturday, June 25 for a live listening and video party of Garrison Keillor's second-to-last episode hosting A Prairie Home Companion, from Tanglewood.

It's hard to believe that Garrison's final show as host of A Prairie Home Companion is now less than a month away — and it's true what they say about time flying!

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New Orleans police are cutting back on night hours at district stations. Officials are also setting up community outreach meetings for feedback on department operations.

Harry Shearer

This week on Le Show with Harry Shearer, a new Karzai Talk, the return of "Torture Memo Man", News of the Godly, Our Freedom-Loving-Friends, News of the Warm, What the Frack, News of AFPAC, Read the Trades, Secrets, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

This Continuum program features three famous singers of the past performing songs from the early music repertoire. The singers are countertenor Alfred Deller, mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani and soprano Victoria De Los Angeles. They present a variety of early music selections recorded about forty years ago.

Kenny Platt
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Recently, WWNO's Coastal Desk profiled an unemployed oilfield worker named Derrick Hadley. When Hadley mentioned a song called "Please Give Us One More Boom," by Robert L. Platt, we played it on air at the end of the story. A few weeks later, Robert L. Platt's son, Kenny Platt, reached out via email.


On the grounds of Whitney Plantation. Former slave quarters are on the right with Allées Gwendolyn Midlo Hall visible in the background.
Sarah Holtz

In this special edition of Louisiana Eats, we celebrate the 151st anniversary of Juneteenth — the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

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This school year, two high profile New Orleans charter schools attempted to form unions. One voted yes: International High School. One voted no: Lusher Charter School. In light of those votes, teachers around the city shared their perspective on unions since Katrina and where things might go from here.

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