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Education
4:12 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Michel Martin To Host Conversation About New Orleans Schools Ten Years After The Flood

Credit Steve Voss / NPR

The New Orleans education system has changed dramatically in the almost ten years since Hurricane Katrina. NPR's Michel Martin is in town for a live event looking at those changes. It's part of her Going There series, where she hosts conversations about local topics with national significance.

Martin recently spoke about the event with WWNO Education Reporter Mallory Falk. She started by explaining why she chose to focus on education in New Orleans.

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Coastal Desk
7:28 am
Mon April 20, 2015

BP Oil Disaster 5 Years On: An Interview With Former Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser

Billy Nungesser, Former Plaquemines Parish President, speaks to locals at Lil Gs diner in Belle Chasse.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Billy Nungesser was the President of Plaquemines Parish five years ago when the BP oil disaster happened. Nungesser’s constituency of around 23,000 residents were some of the hardest hit along the Gulf Coast.

For months after the disaster, Nungesser was a constant presence on national television, taking on both industry and government officials over their handling of the spill and cleanup.

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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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Music Inside Out
2:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Scott Aiges Pulls Back The Curtain On The Music Business

Credit Guillaume Laurent / Flickr

Consider the musicians.

After the crowd goes home, after they pack their gear and instruments, when their van rolls through the night and the smell of smoke still lingers on their clothes, the bottom line remains. The business of music never sleeps.

Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts occupy the minds and sleepless nights of managers and artists the country over as they head to their next gig.

You could fill a college course with everything an artist needs to know. Trust us, they have.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Out To Lunch: L.E.D.G.E.

Peter Ricchiuti, Secretary Stephen Moret and Mike deBoe.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you. GE is the 6th largest company in the Fortune 500. They've been quoted as saying "New Orleans is becoming the hub of the South." And they're putting their money where their mouth is. In downtown New Orleans, in the Place St. Charles building, GE Capital Technology Center has 70,000 square feet of office space.

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The Reading Life
1:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

The Reading Life With Sarah DeBacher, Abram Himelstein And Rene Steinke

This week on the Reading Life:  Sarah DeBacher of the Greater New Orleans Writing Project and Abram Himelstein of the Neighborhood Story Project, talking about When I Was Your Age, a lovely book of essays by the teachers of Andrew W. Wilson Charter School, and novelist Rene Steinke, author of Friendswood.

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Music Inside Out
2:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Terence Blanchard's Gift For Making Music

Terrence Blanchard.
Credit Bob Travis / Flickr

When the microphone switches on, some people freeze. They can’t think of a thing to say. But Terence Blanchard relaxes.

Blanchard does some of his best thinking in front of a microphone and he’s impatient to get his ideas recorded. That might explain why he is so prolific and why he is so good.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Out To Lunch: Cleaning Up

Peter Ricchiuti and Sharee Walls.
Credit Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

If you do your own laundry, you probably think you've got a small mountain of it if you have four or five loads to throw in the washing machine.

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The Reading Life
1:30 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

The Reading Life With Irvin Mayfield

This week on the Reading Life: Irvin Mayfield, whose new book is Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Playhouse, and Charles Brown, executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.

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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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