The OPSB has sent Einstein Charter Schools a letter of noncompliance for not providing adequate transportation.
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Einstein Charter Schools Deemed Noncompliant For Providing Inadequate Transportation

Einstein Charter Schools are in trouble for failing to provide adequate transportation to their students. WWNO has obtained a notice of noncompliance sent from the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) to Einstein Charter schools warning them they have to start transporting students to school. The district requires nearly every charter school to provide free yellow-bus transportation to and from school for students in the sixth grade and younger who live more than a mile away. The parish school...

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Who Did It Better? New Orleans Bicycles Then And Now

In celebration of the city’s upcoming Tricentennial, NolaVie and New Orleans Historical bring you the series Who Did it Better? New Orleans Then and Now . In it, we look at offbeat aspects of the city’s history and their parallels in the present. Today we give you: Big Easy Bikes. Call it a story about recycling. New Orleans has seen quite the influx of bicyclers in the past decade. But the bike crowd is not new to the city. The high-wheel bicycle debuted in the U.S. in 1879, and New Orleans...

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How States Are Banding Together To Take On Trump

When President Trump announced a ban on travel for citizens from several predominantly Muslim countries in January, a coalition of officials from various blue states quickly rallied to fight it. "We just started talking to each other Friday afternoon," recalls New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. "By Sunday morning, we had 17 states signed on to say, 'This is unconstitutional. We're going into court to stop it.' And we went into courts all over the country and eventually got it struck...

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This week on Inside the Arts, a celebration of anniversaries! The Jefferson Performing Arts Society kicks off its 40th Anniversary season with the grand reopening of the Westwego Performing Arts Theatre and a musical debut by the Big Easy Boys.

Then, Rhino Contemporary Crafts Gallery celebrates 30 years with a grand opening in a new location.

And, Le Petit Theatre celebrates a second century of stage performances, opening its 101st season with the award-winning Calypso-flavored fable, Once on this Island.

WWNO is putting together a series of stories about the issues parents face getting their children to school in Orleans Parish public schools, and we want to hear from you!
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WWNO is putting together a series of stories about the issues parents face getting their children to school in Orleans Parish public schools, and we want to hear from you!

Here at Classical 104.9 FM, we really enjoy being able to broadcast the newest releases from the current generation of classical music superstars: Joshua Bell, Murray Perahia, Hilary Hahn, Mischa Maisky and Dawn Upshaw, to name just a few.

But, as our music library continues to grow, we’re often discovering CDs that were released in the past 5-10 years that we missed out on obtaining the first time around.

And, while these amazing recordings aren’t the newest-of-the-new, we’re still thrilled to be able to get them into our library AND on the air.

What My Students Taught Me

Sep 11, 2017
Christopher Powers / Education Week / Zak Bickel / The Atlantic

In parts of New Orleans, Michael Ricks is a legendary educator—known for his full girth and even fuller heart. Most people just call him “Big Mike.” For years, Mike’s formal title was academic and behavioral interventionist, although in practice he serves as a combination between disciplinarian, social worker, and friend.

The National Hurricane Center predicted 2017 to be an above-average year for storms. But so far Harvey and Irma have been some of the strongest storms on record.

Environmental reporter Mark Schleifstein has reported on hurricanes throughout his 33 years with The Times-Picayune. As a result, he's garnered quite a reputation.

On this week's coastal news roundup, WWNO coastal reporter Tegan Wendland and The Times-Picayune coastal reporter Sara Sneath talk with him about how modeling has changed, and how this season compares to years past.

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This week on Le Show: The Apprecedentice, News of Microplastics, Our Freedom-Loving Friends, News of the Olympic Movement, Follow the Dollar, The Apologies of the Week, and more!

This Continuum is a program primarily of music composed by King Henry VIII (1491-1547) of England and readings from his love letters to Ann Boleyn, his second wife and Queen of England from 1533 to 1536. Henry composed quite a lot of music during his lifetime. His most famous compositions are If Love Now Reigned, Helas Madame, Pastime With Good Company and Green Groweth The Holly, all heard on this program. Recordings used are: If Love Now Reigned (Isaak Ensemble Heidelberg) - Bayer Records BR 100132 CD and Music for Henry VIII (The Hilliard Ensemble) - Saga Classics SCD 9003.

This week on All Things New Orleans, Richard Campanella joins us to talk about his Cityscapes column for Times Picayune. This month's column focuses on Algiers and how it became part of New Orleans.

We'll also chat about the life and legacy of Louis A. Martinet,  his role during the Reconstruction Era and the founding of the Greater New Orleans Martinet Society

American Routes Shortcuts: Sonny Burgess

Sep 8, 2017
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This week on American Routes Shortcuts, we revisit an interview with the late Sonny Burgess. Sonny grew up in Newport, Arkansas, and was part of the first generation of white musicians to mix country or hillbilly music with the blues to make a new sound: rockabilly. Burgess quit farming to play music in local clubs and became known for his wild stage antics. Sonny fronted bands like the Moonlighters and the King’s Four, and recorded at Sun Records with his band, the Pacers, in 1956.

A fried shrimp po-boy from Avery's on Tulane.
Ian McNulty

We talk about it with our best friends and with perfect strangers. We rant about it online and we dream about it at night. It's a natural fixation when we’re hungry, yet we still talk about it when our mouths are full.

It's the food of New Orleans, compelling, often uniting, frequently divisive and never boring, at least not if you’re doing it right. May it always be at the ends of our forks and on the tips of our tongues.


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Red snapper from Maypop (top) and char-grilled pork steak with herbs from Marjie's Grill, two innovative new restaurants in New Orleans.
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Where Y’Eat: Don’t Fear the Fusion, Just Dig In

Brace yourself, I'm about to use the F word. That would be “fusion.” Alright, maybe that's not such a big deal to you, but in certain restaurant circles fusion is one provocative term. It brings food memory flash backs to the days of sesame crusted everything, of the indiscriminate use of plum sauce and of milky green wasabi mashed potatoes.

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Real Journalism vs. Fake News

Hear about it over breakfast with Dean Baquet, Executive Editor of The New York Times


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Le Show For The Week Of Sept. 17, 2017

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer has a new original song about Chuck and Nancy, News of the Godly , News of the Warm , News of the Olympic Movement , The Apologies of the Week , and more!

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WWNO's Travel Krewe Is Going To Bella Italia

Join WWNO New Orleans Public Radio, and a like-minded group of curious travelers for a journey rich in the art, architecture, food, wine, and music of la bella Italia.