What if you had to start your school system over almost from scratch? What if most of the buildings were unusable, and most of the teachers had left or been fired? Is that a nightmare, or your dream come true?
In New Orleans, that was the reality after the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. That set off a chain reaction that transformed the city's schools forever, first by a state takeover and then by the most extensive charter school system in the country.
The Moth is back for April, with a monthly StorySLAM at Café Istanbul, featuring stories by… maybe you? If you want to tell a story at The Moth, or know someone who'd be perfect, see all the details below. Throw your name in the hat or just come to listen!
Come join us for "Delusions" on Tuesday, April 14
2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans 7:00 p.m. Doors Open / 7:30 p.m. Stories Begin
It’s a pop, the sound of air rushing in. A thick, heady smell. Like when you open a vacuum-sealed pack of coffee and chicory.
Did you wince? So did we. But the seal has been broken on New Orleans clichés — in newsrooms across the city and, yes, the nation and presumably the world, journalists are staring down blank whiteboards with the headline: Ten-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Spend a few days in New Orleans and see how often the name Fred Kasten is heard and mentioned. Whether curating the French Quarter Festival’s Let Them Talk interviews in April, or curating the Satchmo Summerfest seminars in August, or winning a regional Edward R. Murrow Award, or producing his wonderful radio shows, Talkin’ Jazz and Jazz New Orleans, Kasten is an indispensable man in the life of his beloved hometown.
According to his WWNO biography, Kasten "is an independent contributing radio producer/host at WWNO. After working at (the station) for over 20 years as an on-air talent, producer and program director, Fred retired from full-time work in May 2007. Fred is a native of Mobile, Ala., a graduate of the University of Alabama, and a long-time resident of New Orleans.
For you non-radio types, a fun fact: We are required by the FCC to identify ourselves, broadcasting our station call letters and frequency on the air. The folks over at Atlantic Public Media have inspired more creative ways of doing that, and we agree! Let's re-invent the Sonic ID!
We've made history together by raising more money than ever before without interrupting programming! As of right now, we need to raise $8,308 to meet our goal of $240,000 — as soon as we reach the goal we will end the pledge drive!
The most common question we get in the phone bank room during the drive is, “How much do I have to donate for you to go back to programming?” Well, this Spring the amount is $240,000.