Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Producer

Laine Kaplan-Levenson is a multimedia producer living in New Orleans. She was the transmedia producer for the interactive documentary project LandofOpportunity, and later the managing editor for Nolavie.com Laine is now a station producer at WWNO, producer for the Listening Post, the Moth Storyslam, and runs her own live storytelling event, Bring Your Own.

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Coastal Desk
12:29 am
Mon May 18, 2015

An Art/Science Mashup Births 'Microscopic Sirens'

A screenshot of the a view under the microscope of the microorganisms existing in a water sample taken from Blind River.
Credit Tim McLean

What happens when you put an artist and a scientist in the same boat? The local artist residency ‘A Studio In The Woods’ aimed to find out, with their new fellowship "Flint and Steel: Cross-disciplinary Combustion". It matches artists with Tulane University faculty to explore social and environmental change through art.

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Coastal Desk
9:42 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Recycled Christmas Trees Used To Build Up Land In Bayou Sauvage

The bundles of christmas trees waiting to be deployed.
Laine Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

Who's still thinking about Christmas in spring? The New Orleans Department of Sanitation, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Guard. This generation-long partnership comes together for the annual Christmas tree drop. Christmas trees are picked up curbside after the new year, packaged into bundles, and dropped via helicopter into a local wetlands area to build back land mass. The National Guard uses it as a training exercise, and the nearby wildlife refuge Bayou Sauvage gets a coastal restoration project.

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Coastal Rundown
12:47 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Coastal Rundown: A 'BP, Pay Up!' Protest

The Gulf South Rising Coalition led a march and rally to raise awareness of ongoing impacts in the Gulf of Mexico five years after the BP oil spill.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

It's been five years since the 2010 BP oil spill. On the day of the actual anniversary, a march and rally took place in the Central Business District to commemorate the people and places impacted by the spill. Marchers went from Lafayette Square to Jackson Square, dressed in all black to represent the 210 million gallons of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Coastal Desk
4:28 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Heavy Rains Mean Flash Floods For New Orleans

Mother and toddler daughter walking in the rain in New Orleans.
Credit Bart Everson / Wikimedia Commons

There have been flash flood warnings for Southeast Louisiana this week. And while areas around town flood, the city of New Orleans is poised to pass a new zoning ordinance that will help with some of that water. But not all of it. 

Between 2-4 inches of rain are expected to fall over the next few days, and that makes it hard to do some basic things. Like get in your car.   

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Coastal Desk
5:28 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Five Years After BP Spill, It's Safe To Eat Gulf Seafood... If You Can Find It

An employee at the New Orleans Fish House filets puppy drum for a midday delivery to local restaurants.
Credit Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

Monday, April 20 marks the fifth anniversary of the 2010 BP oil spill that sent millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Right after the spill, seafood restaurants were bombarded with concerns about the safety of what was being served, and where it came from. Today, the public has stopped asking questions and is ready to eat, but now there’s a supply issue. While marketing campaigns are spreading a message of safe and bountiful Gulf seafood, others in the industry worry about the future.

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Coastal Desk
5:31 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Pearl River On 'Top 10' List Of Most Endangered Rivers

The Pearl River by Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, LA.
Credit Gulf Restoration Network

American Rivers came out with its 2015 list of top 10 most endangered rivers. The Pearl River that runs through Louisiana and Mississippi is included on this national list.

Each of the ten rivers are called "endangered" because they face some kind of big change on the horizon. In the case of Pearl River, it’s whether a new dam will be built in Jackson, Mississippi.

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In Memoriam
9:23 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Remembering Bill Deputy

The Panorama Brass Band played Bill Deputy's Second Line. Deputy engineered the band's latest album, "17 Days".
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Last Sunday, longtime sound engineer Bill Deputy died of lung cancer at the age of 58. Deputy served as All Things Considered’s technical director for many years, and traveled all over the world capturing sound, including the first Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

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Features
4:59 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Staying Local With Big Freedia At BUKU Fest

WWNO's Laine Kaplan-Levenson talks to Big Freedia at the 2015 BUKU Music + Art Project
Emily Kaplan-Levenson WWNO

Last weekend, Spring Break vibes descended upon the riverfront in the form of neon, midriffs and pounding bass. The BUKU Music and Art Project swarmed Mardi Gras World with big names like STS9, TV On the Radio, and A$AP Rocky, and more underground acts like Run the Jewels and Odesza, for a mostly collegiate (and younger) crowd to rejoice in. 

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Coastal Desk
12:53 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Coastal Rundown: The Wetlands Youth Summit

A favorite image of the coast sent in by a Wetlands Youth Summit participant
Listening Coast

Earlier this month, the Wetlands Youth Summit took place at the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center in Houma, Louisiana. High school students interested in the challenges gulf coast communities are facing came together to learn from each other, and talk solutions.

The #ListeningCoast teamed up with the summit to see what these teenagers are most concerned with, and whether or not they see themselves living on the coast later on down the road.

Here’s what people wrote in via text:

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Coastal Desk
5:42 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Tulane University Gets Grant To Help Coastal Communities Prepare For Future Oil Spills

The oil slick as seen from space by NASA's Terra satellite on 24 May 2010
Credit NASA / Wikimedia Commons

The Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University received $1.4 million from the BP Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to fund research about impacts of the 2010 oil spill in Louisiana and Alabama. 

This three year program will focus on three coastal communities. Two areas in Louisiana and one in Alabama will be selected to study the impact of the oil spill.

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