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An illustration from the Draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan, showing how many residential structures may be eligible for voluntary buyouts in specific areas.
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In Coastal Louisiana, Home Buyouts Raise Questions And Fears

Under Louisiana’s new coastal "Master Plan", more than twenty-four hundred homes may be offered voluntary buyouts by the state. That’s because officials no longer believe these properties—more than a third of them on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain—can be protected from catastrophic storms and flooding.

This is a lot for people to get their heads around. Buyouts usually happen after a storm...but these buyouts aim to prevent future damage. So WWNO’s Ryan Kailath brokered a...

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MUSIC

Chris Smither
American Routes

American Routes Shortcuts: Chris Smither

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, New Orleans Bluesman Chris Smither plays a live show in his current home- Western Massachusetts.

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Athlete-Turned-Trucker Works To Improve Truckers' Health

On a chilly winter morning, dozens of truck driver trainees file into a classroom at the headquarters of Prime Inc., a trucking company based in Springfield, Mo. At the front is Siphiwe Baleka , an energetic former swimming champion in his mid-40s. He delivers grim news about trucker health to the new recruits. "If you haven't started to think about this, you need to start right now," Baleka says. "You are about to enter the most unhealthy occupation in America." That's not an official...

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Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

The federal government has already allocated $1.6 billion to Louisiana to aid in recovery from the August flood. Today, the Restore Louisiana Task Force approved the Governor’s plan on how to spend it. 

A large majority of the federal recovery money -- $1.3 billion -- will be spent on home repairs.

The focus is on over 36-thousand homes that took on major damage and were not covered by flood insurance.

Monika Evstatieva / NPR

This week on All Things New Orleans, NPR Special Correspondent/Host Melissa Block visits New Orleans and the WWNO radio team. 

Block shares her journey working with NPR, recollects coverage of the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina and more. 

Chris Smither
American Routes

Each week, American Routes Shortcuts offers a sneak peak into the upcoming American Routes episode. This week, New Orleans Bluesman Chris Smither plays a live show in his current home- Western Massachusetts.

Music Inside Out

Ann Savoy is a lot of things: a musician, scholar, ethnomusicologist, mother, and world traveler. One thing she’s not is boring.

When you hear me talking about restaurants, it’s usually good news, like new picks from the latest additions to the New Orleans dining scene, or sizing up a delicious new trend or revisiting the classics that are so beloved in our restaurant community.

After all, this is the way New Orleans talks about its restaurants -- incessantly and with anticipation. In this town, we really do talk about dinner while we’re having lunch.

But, I’ve also been listening, and what many people in the restaurant business are talking about these days has been less appetizing.

This week on Inside the Arts, The Storyville Collective presents Reefer Madness-The Musical…a  satire of the 1936 cult film classic. Director Michael McKelvey joins us.

Reefer Madness-The Musical runs January 19-22 at Cafe Istanbul, 2372 St Claude Ave.  Also...February 2-5 and 9-12 at Rivertown Theater in Kenner.

Claire Bangster, NolaBeings.com

The online photo and text project Nola Beings features one portrait of New Orleanians each day, with a quote that tells part of their life story.

Creator Claire Bangster started Nola Beings three years ago, as a way to explore the city and its people. WWNO’s Eve Troeh asked Bangster to record some audio with her latest round of Nola Beings profiles, and share some snippets of her conversations.

Alison Moon / It's New Orleans

If you’re on Facebook, you see photos of yourself pop up from two, three, or ten years ago. Even though they’re photos that you posted, you still get a surprise to see what you looked like and what you were doing just a few years ago.

If we took snapshots of our work environment we might feel the same way. The way we work is constantly evolving. Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch represent two snapshots of where we are as a workforce.

Greg Miles

Local music is so widespread here that we sometimes forget to consider New Orleans musicians on an individual level. In the first installment of a new series from NolaVie called “Listening to Locals,” Brian Friedman sat down with jazz saxophonist James Martin, whose album, Something’s Gotta Give, came out January 13. It’s a reflection on the grind, the late nights, and the hustle of the local music scene, as well as the travels that have taken him all over the world.

Immigration buildings at what was 'Camp Algiers' circa 1916.
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Tripod New Orleans at 300 returns with Part II of its series on Camp Algiers, an internment camp that detained Latin Americans during World War II. Listen to Part I here.

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Immigration buildings at what was 'Camp Algiers' circa 1916.
THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION, GIFT OF MR. AND MRS. PETER BERNARD, ACC. NO. 1984.112.228 / HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION

'Camp Algiers,' New Orleans' Forgotten WWII Internment Camp, Part II

Tripod New Orleans at 300 returns with Part II of its series on Camp Algiers, an internment camp that detained Latin Americans during World War II. Listen to Part I here . A quick refresher from where we left off: the United States has just entered World War II after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The FDR administration is anxious about additional Axis power points on the map. It sees Latin America as a potential threat, with Nazis hiding out and organizing with Hitler’s party from afar. So...

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Le Show For The Week Of Jan. 15, 2017

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer debuts a new feature, takes a look at the News of the Olympic Movement, News Outside the Bubble, News of Inspector's General, News of AFPAC, and has the Apologies of the Week, Karzai Talk, great music and more.

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