All Things New Orleans

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WWNO’s radio magazine: a weekly half-hour of timely news, cultural features, and commentary from all corners of our city. Hosted by Jack Hopke.

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Education
3:57 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Voices Of Educators: Dr. Kate Kokontis

Dr. Kate Kokontis.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, or NOCCA, has long been known as a leading arts education program. But the staff there began to notice a trend. Students came to NOCCA from schools all over the city and had dramatically different experiences.

"And there were a lot of sad moments at the end of somebody's senior year where they'd be given a scholarship based on their art, or get into a school based on their arts audition, and then not be able to accept it because they weren't admitted academically," says Dr. Kate Kokontis.

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Community
7:08 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Cityscapes: Richard Campanella On A 7th Ward Puzzle

The peculiar pocket of the 7th Ward, unraveled by Richard Campanella.
Nola.com/The Times-Picayune

Each month we talk with Richard Campanella about his Cityscapes column for Nola.com and The Times-Picayune. This month the Professor of Geography at the Tulane School of Architecture delves into a bizarre street pattern that pops up in the 7th Ward.

Seen from above, he says, this particular parcel of land and the way its streets intersect looks like the floor of a messy tailor's shop, scraps and remnants rather than any type of clear-cut pattern.

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Where Y'Eat
4:35 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Visions Of Street Food At French Quarter Fest

Cooking up a unique feast of New Orleans street food at French Quarter Festival.
Ian McNulty

Think New Orleans needs more street food? This weekend's French Quarter Festival is teeming with inspiration for new ideas.

Street food is a term that has a lot of cachet in the dining world these days. I just wish we could get our hands on it a little more.

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Arts & Culture
6:49 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Lost Bayou Ramblers Keep Cajun Culture Alive And Moving Forward

The Lost Bayou Ramblers (left to right) are Eric Heigle, Louis Michot, Korey Richey, Andre Michot, and Jonny Campos.
Denny Culbert

Okay Louisiana: what’s the Cajun band that’s also psychedelic rock, or maybe even a little punk? Hint: they’re from Lafayette, they were started by two brothers 16 years ago, and they’re a huge force behind younger generations embracing Cajun culture. Still not sure? Think: roaming around slow moving water.

In collaboration with Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Eve Abrams brings us this profile of the Lost Bayou Ramblers.

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Education
2:23 am
Tue April 7, 2015

A New Orleans High School Adapts To Unaccompanied Minors

G.W. Carver Preparatory Academy has enrolled more than 50 unaccompanied minors from Central America. Principal Ben Davis says he's spending an extra $2,500 per student for special education services and instructional software tailored for them.
LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 2:03 pm

For the past year now, many Americans have been hearing and reading about the 68,000 unaccompanied minors who have crossed illegally into the U.S. Nearly all of these minors come from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras, and since their arrival, immigration officials have released most of them to their parents or relatives who already live in this country.

A number of these children and teenagers are in deportation proceedings, but while they wait, they have been allowed to attend public schools. In Louisiana, schools have enrolled nearly 2,000 of them.

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Education
2:21 am
Tue April 7, 2015

New Orleans Educator Dreams Of Teaching Tech To Beat The Streets

New Orleans educator Jonathan Johnson is founder and CEO of the Rooted School.
Jonathan Johnson

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 4:49 pm

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, much has been rebuilt in New Orleans — including the public schools. But the current education system is radically different from the one that people who grew up in New Orleans remember. Virtually all students in the city now attend charter schools. Many of their teachers are both new to New Orleans and new to teaching.

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Education
11:19 am
Mon April 6, 2015

In New Orleans, The Scramble For The Right Fit

In New Orleans, advertisements for charter schools — and for the annual Schools Expo — appear on billboards and bus stops.
Mallory Falk WWNO

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 2:01 pm

It's a Saturday morning, and school marching bands are playing for a crowd. But they're not in a Mardi Gras parade. They're in the Superdome, where 120 schools are set up at long tables, putting their best faces forward and trying to recruit families.

One gives on-the-spot instrument lessons, another is showing off it's step team.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Where Y'Eat: The Ever-Expanding Tortilla Wraps Around New Orleans

A trio of tacos from Del Fuego Taqueria in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

Mention Mexican food and many people think they already know the score. They start picturing tacos and burritos, chips and salsa, gobs of sour cream and rivers of melted cheddar. These are the touchstones of Tex-Mex cooking. That’s what many of us were raised on when it came to Mexican food. And, for the record, I love that stuff still.

But consider how the differences stacked up during a meal at Del Fuego Taqueria, a Uptown eatery that is part of a wave of new Mexican restaurants arriving in New Orleans.

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Features
3:16 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Tensions Flare Over New Orleans City Park Golf Course

Jeff Katz, a member of the City Park For Everyone Coalition protest group, looks through a chain link fence. In the distance are police vehicles gathered near a man occupying a tree.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

UPDATE: March 28, 11:31 p.m.

The individual occupying the tree in a City Park construction area is believed to be in possession of two "incendiary devices."

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UPDATE: March 28, 5:40 p.m.

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Features
11:30 am
Fri March 27, 2015

All Things New Orleans For March 26, 2015

This week on All Things New Orleans, host Jack Hopke speaks with Maxwell Williams, the new artistic director of Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré.

Then producer Laine Kaplan-Levenson takes us to the streets of the Marigny for a second line honoring audio engineer Bill Deputy.

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