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Government reform advocate David Osborne's new book includes a look at New Orleans' post-Katrina school reform.
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'Reinventing America's Schools': Government Reform Advocate Talks Ed Reform In NOLA

New Orleans’ post-Katrina experiment with public education has drawn the attention of pro-charter-school education reformers across the U.S. Today, 9 in 10 New Orleans public school students attend charter schools. One reformer who has had his eye on New Orleans is David Osborne. Osborne’s 1992 book ‘ Reinventing Government ’ had a major impact on government reform efforts during that decade. Now Osborne leads the Progressive Policy Institute and is advocating for education reform through charter schools. WWNO’s Jess Clark sat down with Osborne to talk about his new book ‘ Reinventing America’s Schools ,’ which includes a look at the New Orleans school system.

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Local Professor 'Awakens' Renewed Interest In New Orleans Writer Kate Chopin

New Orleans has claimed several literary figures as its own -- Tennessee Williams is just the tip of the iceberg. The 19th century writer Kate Chopin was most known for her novel, "The Awakening," and Professor Barbara Ewell is an expert on the author. She joins Brian Friedman in the studio to talk about Kate Chopin's relevance in 2017. Visit ViaNolaVie for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

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House Approves GOP Tax Overhaul, With Senate Outlook Uncertain

The House has narrowly approved a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul, clearing the first major hurdle in Republican attempts to cut taxes and rewrite the tax code. The vote was almost along party lines, with no Democrats voting in support of the bill and some GOP defections over provisions in the measure that would eliminate important tax deductions taken by constituents in some high tax states. "It has been 31 years since we last did this, and it is finally time that we get the general interest of...

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Faces House Judiciary Committee

Nov 13, 2017
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is back on Capitol Hill for a House Judiciary Committee hearing about his oversight of the Justice Department. He is also likely to face questions about Trump campaign contacts with Russia.

Leaders of several teacher training programs announced they're getting $13 million from the federal government to train new teachers for New Orleans.
Jess Clark / WWNO

Like many cities, New Orleans has a teacher shortage. A $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education is meant to address that shortage by beefing up the city’s pipeline of qualified educators.

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This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings us News of the Godly, Our Freedom Loving Friends, It’s a Smart World After All, News of Inspector’s General, News of Nice Corps, The Apprecedentice, The Apologies of the Week, News of the Atom, and more. 

This Continuum presents three major early music sopranos with performances of the music they enjoy singing the most. The singers are Julianne Baird, Evelyn Tubb and the inimitable Emma Kirkby. All three of these ladies have produced dozens of CDs over the past three decades ranging from Greensleeves to the music of J.S. Bach. All are heard on this very delightful program. The recordings used are: Greensleeves (Baird, McFarlane) - Dorian DOR 90126, The Mad Lover (Tubb & Kelly) - Musica Obscura 070987, J. S.

On this week's show, we take a look at invasive species in our region and meet some people who live by the motto: if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em. 

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Every Friday, coastal reporters from WWNO and Nola.com | The Times-Picayune come together to talk about the week in coastal news.

This week: a platform fire in the Gulf, concern around Sewerage and Water Board contracts and an effort to rebuild the coast from the sky.

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll chat with Miriam Arkin and Casey Coleman, of Court 13 Arts, about their upcoming Always for Pleasure Festival.  Then, Jessica Rosgaard returns with Richard Campanella to discuss his CityScapes column for nola.com/The Times Picayune. 

And, the Green Project's Catherine Crowell talks "all things reuseable" as we approach America Recycles Day on November 15th. 

Port of New Orleans

The Port of New Orleans is preparing for another record year for cruise passengers and cargo.  It’s now pushing more international service as well as local partnerships.

American Routes Shortcuts: The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Nov 10, 2017
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
American Routes

This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we feature Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Susan Tedeschi grew up outside of Boston in a family of grocery store owners. Derek Trucks was raised in Jacksonville, Florida, listening to the Allman Brothers, his uncle Butch Trucks’ band. Worlds apart, Susan and Derek each honed their chops at local blues jams and pursued musical careers destined to collide. Susan attended the Berklee School of Music, toured with the Dead, and released eight solo albums.

The Buffalo shrimp po-boy from Avery's on Tulane.
Ian McNulty

If you love po-boys, you already know how you like them. It’s sloppy roast beef or crispy shrimp, thin-sliced ham or fat fried oysters. I bet you even have a precise combination for how you like it dressed.

Just listen to some po-boy pros when they order at the counter. In their confident cadence and specifics, they can sound like surgeons gloved up for an operation. “Hot sausage. Dressed. No lettuce.” 

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"A Prairie Home Companion" in New Orleans!

A Prairie Home Companion, will join the celebration of New Orleans’ 300th anniversary with a live nationwide broadcast from the Saenger Theatre.

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Le Show For The Week Of November 12, 2017

This week on Le Show , Harry Shearer brings us News of the Godly, Our Freedom Loving Friends, It’s a Smart World After All, News of Inspector’s General, News of Nice Corps, The Apprecedentice , The Apologies of the Week, News of the Atom, and more.

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Louisiana Eats: Can't Beat 'Em? Eat 'Em!

On this week's show, we take a look at invasive species in our region and meet some people who live by the motto: if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em.

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