Laine Kaplan-Levenson

Producer

Laine Kaplan-Levenson is a multimedia producer living in New Orleans. Laine was the first Coastal Producer for WWNO's Coastal Desk, and is now the host and producer of TriPod: New Orleans at 300, WWNO's Tricentennial series. She also runs a live storytelling series called Bring Your Own.

Previously, Laine was the transmedia producer for the interactive documentary project LandofOpportunity, and the managing editor for Nolavie.com. Her work has appeared on MarketplaceHere and Now, the podcast GravyNPRTakePart.com, and more. 

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Photograph of Mother Catherine and her congregation at the Temple of the Innocent Blood, ca. 1929.
Historic New Orleans Collection, made possible by the Clarisse Claiborne Grima Fund.

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a portrait of Mother Catherine Seals, one of the city’s most prominent 20th century spiritual church leaders.

Mother Catherine Seals is a mysterious figure. There’s not much written about her, and there are only a few photographs of her. So a lot of what we do know about this spiritual mother is hearsay.

The entrance to the Sisters of The Holy Family Motherhouse on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East
Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

TriPod New Orleans at 300 returns with a story of The Sisters of the Holy Family, the religious order of nuns for free women of color founded by Henriette Delille before the Civil War. They’re still ministering today.

Driving along Chef Menteur Highway out in New Orleans East, you pass your fair share of fast food joints, RV parks, and Super 8 motels. And then, a huge Nativity scene on a big mid-century building. It’s the motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family.

Diorama of Lunch Counter Sit-Down Protests - National Civil Rights Museum - Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.
Adam Jones, Ph.D. / wikimedia commons

In this edition of TriPod Xtras, Laine Kaplan-Levenson speaks with Rafat Ali, founder and CEO of Skift, a media company that looks at travel trends.  The two discuss a report his company published about civil rights Tourism in the Deep South.

Alan McCoy in St. Roch Cemetery No. 2
Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a story of the city’s above ground cemeteries, and those working behind the scenes.

A 1972 Times-Picayune article detailing the discovery of coffins buried in the French Quarter.
University of New Orleans

October is Louisiana Archeology month! And this week’s TriPod New Orleans at 300 digs into the discovery, and rediscovery, of New Orleans’ first cemetery.

When you walk around the French Quarter, you see all kinds of tours going by- intimate horse drawn carriage tours, ghost tours, architectural tours. But most tours don’t touch one of the neighborhood’s most significant landmarks. Probably because you can’t see it.

Paul Morigi

This is the first edition of TriPod Xtras- exclusive interviews with guests on topics of New Orleans history. Here, Laine Kaplan-Levenson speaks with journalist and author Cokie Roberts. A native New Orleanian, Roberts talks about her connection to the city, and its politics, starting with her Congressional parents. 

Agostino Brunias / ArtDaily.org

There is a common myth told about 19th-century New Orleans. It goes something like this: Imagine you’re in an elegant dance hall in New Orleans in the early 1800s. Looking around, you see a large group of white men and free women of color, who were at the time called quadroons, meaning they supposedly had ¼ African ancestry. The mothers play matchmakers, and introduce their daughters to these white men, who then ask their hand in a dance.

Tripod New Orleans @300 revisits the UpStairs Lounge Fire in the wake of last month’s Orlando Pulse Night Club shooting.

In 1973, Clayton Delery-Edwards was living just outside New Orleans in Metairie, going to high school and- as he puts it - wrestling with "the G question."

“You know by that point I figured out what it was, and I still wasn't sure how it was done, but I knew what it was.”

Clayton’s talking about being gay.

The Riot in New Orleans... the Struggle for the Flag. 900 block Canal Street.
The Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carre Digital Survey at The Historic New Orleans Collection at The Historic New Orleans Collection

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns to remember the 1866 massacre at the city’s Mechanics' Institute. It’s part of a series of episodes on the Reconstruction era.

The Provost Guard in New Orleans taking up Vagrant Negroes. (1974.25.9.190)
The Historic New Orleans Collection

It was June. It was hot. Kids were out of school, keeping busy outdoors. Parents were inside. Kind of like how it is now, except it was 146 years ago.

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