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7:36 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

A Playground For Innovators At The New Orleans Mini Maker Faire

VIP badges at the Maker Faire contained a full Arduino, essentially making it a tiny programmable computer.
Janaya Williams WWNO

Tulane University hosted the second annual New Orleans Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.

Maker Faires are growing in popularity around the country. They’re described as part science fair, part county fair, and “the greatest show and tell on earth.”

While they mainly showcase do-it-yourselfers exploring new technologies, the faires also also draw people experimenting in science, engineering, art, and performance.

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Code Switch
10:58 am
Fri March 6, 2015

The Fascinating Story Of New Orleans' Two Lost Chinatowns

Chinese who operated small shops in New Orleans' Chinatown for many decades learned in 1937 that their small city-within-a-city was doomed to make way for a parking lot. Shown in front of one of the shops on Tulane Avenue between Elk Place and Rampart Street are Big Gee, seated, and Lee Sing, standing.
The Times-Picayune/Landov

New Orleans is known for its enormous Vietnamese population, one of the largest in the country. But we recently came across a story about a now-lost Chinatown in New Orleans — two of them, in fact — and how they came to be. To understand how these hubs came about, and why they disappeared, we have to rewind the clock 150 years, to the end of the Civil War.

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Features
3:03 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

'Rock Star Nurse' Fights Ebola

Yanti Turang is an indie rock singer-turned-nurse and founder of Learn to Live. (learntoliveglobal.org)

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 9:31 am

As the threat of Ebola has left the U.S. and the story has left the headlines, people are still heading over to West Africa to fight the virus that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives.

Yanti Turang is one of those going. The indie rock band singer-turned-nurse and founder of the nonprofit LearnToLive is heading to Sierra Leone to help save lives.

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Bring Your Own
8:04 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Bring Your Own Presents: 'The Royal Dukes Of Rhythm At Lincoln Beach'

Drummers at the funeral of jazz legend Danny Barker. They include Louis Cottrell, (great-grandson of New Orleans' innovative drumming pioneer, Louis Cottrell, Sr. and grandson of New Orleans clarinetist Louis Cottrell, Jr.) of the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, far right; Louis "Bicycle Lewie" Lederman of the Down & Dirty Brass band, second from right.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikimedia Commons

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Features
7:23 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Coding Collective 'Tech Talent South' Opens A Fifth Campus In New Orleans

Tech Talent South is a collective of tech professionals, dedicated to growing the local pool of coders and developers.
hackNY.org Flickr

Tech Talent South is a collective of tech professionals, dedicated to growing the local pool of coders and developers. After starting up in four other cities —  Asheville, Raleigh, Charlotte, and Atlanta — the group has opened a fifth campus in New Orleans. It's teaching an 8-week coding program at the Propeller incubator in Broadmoor.

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Listening Post NOLA
1:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

The Listening Post Asks: What Do You Think Of The School Choice System?

The cover of the eighth edition of the New Orleans Parents’ Guide to Public Schools.
Credit New Orleans Parents Guide / NewOrleansParentsGuide.org

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 School Choice and the school application process. 

Applications to New Orleans public and charter schools are due this month. Under the school choice model kids aren’t assigned to the school in their neighborhood. They apply to schools across the city,  and a computer system places them.

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Bring Your Own
8:37 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Hello Dolly'

A "makeover" at the American Girl doll store, just like Katie's old stomping ground...
Credit Jon Fisher / flickr.com

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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Northshore Focus
9:36 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Unique Counselors On The Northshore Helping Peers With Mental Illness

Peer support specialist with NAMI-St. Tammany, Roxanne Skal, leads support groups for people with mental illnesses and substance addictions.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

The National Alliance on Mental Illness in St. Tammany Parish is trying something a little new: training people who have mental illnesses to help people with similar problems.

Roxanne Skal is a Peer Support Specialist. She works with a variety of people, both in community support groups and at the Northlake Behavioral Health Center in Mandeville. A couple times a week, she drives from her office on one side of Northlake’s campus to a little brown brick house on the other side, where she leads a group for recovering alcoholics.

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NOPD
6:30 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Short On Cops, New Orleans Searching For New Ways To Protect The French Quarter

Emergency vehicles on Bourbon Street. The city is struggling to deal with a rash of crime in the French Quarter, but plans are in the works for a new protective force to debut soon.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

New Orleans is a city of desperate violence, but those neighborhoods most plagued by a wanton disregard for life — parts of Central City, say, or New Orleans East — seem a world away from the neon and wrought iron of the French Quarter.

However, a near-daily litany of burglaries, batteries and robberies filling the police blotter now has many French Quarter locals scared, and they are sharing that fear with visitors.

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Bring Your Own
5:43 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Too Much, Too Little, Too Late'

Taiwanese beef noodle soup.
Credit Jpatokal / Wikimedia Commons

Bring Your Own is a nomadic storytelling series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have eight minutes to respond to a theme. BYO airs on All Things New Orleans and is a biweekly podcast on WWNO.org.

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