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Listening Post NOLA
7:39 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

Thousands of people in New Orleans seek refuge at shelters like the New Orleans Mission.
Jesse Hardman WWNO

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post explores homelessness in New Orleans. Where did you sleep last night?

Last June, First Lady Michelle Obama announced an initiative to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. 

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Community
6:10 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

National World War II Museum volunteers confront war memories, find solace, every day

Thomas Blakey, a 94-year-old veteran, volunteered at the National World War II Museum every day.
Credit National World War II Museum

Thomas Blakey, the 94-year-old veteran who volunteered at the National World War II Museum for 15 years, passed away at his New Orleans home on Jan. 15.

The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is many things to many people. For the hundreds of school kids and other visitors who pass through, the museum is where they learn about an incomprehensible scene from world history. And for the World War II veterans who volunteer each day, the museum is where they confront war memories in a variety of different ways.

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Animal Life
2:52 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Animal Life: Taking Refuge At Animal Sanctuaries

Snowy egrets nest in "Bird City" on Avery Island
Mary Ehret

 

Life is stressful. Luckily, Louisiana is home to several animal sanctuaries where you yourself can go to take refuge. 

Take Avery Island — it’s more than just Tabasco! Each spring, thousands of Snowy Egrets nest in the island’s bird sanctuary. The egrets settle on piers in a pond nicknamed “Bird City.” 

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Community
11:35 am
Mon January 12, 2015

5th Circuit Court Hears Appeals On Defense Of Marriage Act

Same sex couples from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas gather at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals after hearings on their challenge of the Defense of Marriage Acts in their states.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Arguments were heard in New Orleans challenging Louisiana’s Defense of Marriage Act, which denies marriage to same sex couples. 

Louisiana was one of three Defense of Marriage Act cases heard by the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to Louisiana, cases for Mississippi and Texas were also heard by the three-judge panel.

Ken Upton is the Senior Counsel for Lambda Legal. That organization is representing a group of seven Louisiana same sex couples who are appealing a recent federal judge’s decision to uphold the state ban.

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Battle of New Orleans
9:49 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Fazendeville, the town razed to make way for the Chalmette National Monument

The sesquecentennial of the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1965, with the remnants of Fazendeville visible in the background.
Credit National Park Service

When Eldgridge Cager was growing up in Fazendeville in the 1950s, he and his friends would look for cannonballs, broken muskets and swords on the other side of the Mississippi River levee — just a few blocks from his house in the all-black community. They’d bring the rusty treasures to “Old Man” Linch, the Park Superintendent of the Chalmette Monument, a tall white obelisk towering over the cow pasture across from Fazendeville.

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Listening Post NOLA
7:31 am
Thu January 8, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What's Your New Year's Resolution?

We went to city hall to talk to Councilmember Jason Williams about his goals for 2015.
Jesse Hardman

WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and reports back on the community's response. This week the Listening Post asks: what's your new year's resolution? What should the city's resolution be for 2015?

Happy New Year New Orleans! For a look ahead at 2015 in the city we’ve enlisted a special Listening Post guest, City Councilmember Jason Williams.

Williams says his personal new year's resolution is better time management.

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Animal Life
1:00 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Animal Life: Louisiana Black Bears

Black Bears are the official state mammal of Louisiana.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

If you drive west on Highway 90 you might notice bear crossing signs. That’s right, bears.  

The large but gentle Louisiana Black Bear is our official state mammal. They were once common in the Lower Mississippi Valley and Atchafalaya Basin region, but habitat loss and over hunting have reduced the population to about 300. In 1992 they were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. 

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Community Impact
3:39 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance Working To Create Affordable Housing

Credit Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance

The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is a collaborative formed by the non-profit housing builders and community development corporations who are working diligently to rebuild the city of New Orleans.

“The Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance is a collaborative of non-profit, for-profit, builders and advocates of affordable housing here in the metro area,” says Andreanecia Morris. “We have been working together to create more affordable housing in New Orleans as we rebuild the city.”

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Community Impact
11:19 am
Tue December 23, 2014

YAYA Empowers Creative Young People To Become Successful Adults

Amaya Cannon makes a sculpture inspired by Picasso
Eve Abrams

The mission of YAYA is to empower creative young people to become successful adults through educational opportunities and entrepreneurship. 

Charity Poskitt runs the glass studio where the youth arts organization YAYA currently houses its out of school programs. Poskitt normally works with glass, but today she’s teaching ceramics. The assignment? To play.

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Community
4:07 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Listening Post South Of The Border

Protesters in Mexico City demanding government answers concerning the deaths of 43 college students.
Credit EPA

Last week I had the opportunity to leave one country deep in protest, the US, for a country in an even bigger state of unrest, Mexico.

Organizers for the 10th annual Encuentro Internacional de Periodistas, part of The FIL a massive international book fair (focused on Latin American authors) held every year in Guadalajara,  invited me to give a talk about the Listening Post project.

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