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Volunteers Search For Biodiversity At City Park's BioBlitz

More than 100 volunteers fanned out across City Park over the weekend for something called BioBlitz. It was an effort to document all the plants and critters that call the park home, and meant to help the park plan for the future. Sean Augustine may be eight years old, but he knows how to prepare for a day in the woods. He’s got a big hat, multi-pocketed cargo pants, and boots. He’s also got a raincoat on hand because he doesn’t want anything to get in the way of the day’s mission.

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MUSIC INSIDE OUT

Music Inside Out

Fats Domino: The Founding Father of Rock and Roll

At first, there wasn’t a name for the kind of music that Fats Domino played. He called it rhythm and blues. But Domino’s songs stretched beyond that category. In the late 1940s, Domino was working at a mattress factory in New Orleans and playing piano at night. He’d just gotten married … and both his waistline and fan base were expanding. That’s when the bandleader Billy Diamond first called him “Fats” — and predicted he’d have an outsized career. The owner of Imperial Records heard Domino...

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Sean Spicer Resigns As Press Secretary In White House Communications Shake-Up

Updated at 10:24 p.m. ET The White House communications operation underwent a dramatic shake-up Friday. Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary after President Trump appointed Anthony Scaramucci, a wealthy New York financier, as his communications director. Appearing on camera before the White House press corps at a televised press briefing, Scaramucci then announced Sarah Sanders, Spicer's deputy, as the new press secretary. In statements Friday night, Trump praised Scaramucci and Sanders. ...

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Tale of a Handsome Cocktail: El Guapo Bitters

Jul 13, 2017
El Guapo Bitters

Next week, the gigantic spirits convention better known as Tales of the Cocktail will descend on New Orleans. Cocktail enthusiasts from around the world will come together to compare notes on everything from daiquiris to bitters. To learn more about the latter, NolaVie's David Benedetto spoke with Scot Maddox, who founded El Guapo Bitters right here in New Orleans.

 

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A new study shows Louisiana’s land loss has slowed down a little bit. But that’s still not necessarily good news.

 

It’s almost become a tired refrain here in Louisiana -- the state loses an average of about a football field of land every hour. Now it takes about 100 minutes, roughly an hour and a half for that much land to wash into the Gulf of Mexico.

Researchers at Tulane University are getting $12 million dollars to develop drugs to fight a deadly virus in West Africa, the 'Lassa virus. Researchers will be headed from New Orleans to Sierra Leone and Nigeria to help. 

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As part of our StoryCorps series on criminal justice, we bring you this conversation between two young attorneys.

William Snowden and Barksdale Hortenstine met through their job at Orleans Public Defenders. They're both in their 30's. Barksdale is white; William is not. They talk about implicit bias and how it relates to the criminal justice system.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Tony award winning musical, Hairspray opens as Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane continues its 50th Anniversary season. Then, artist James Michalopoulos stops by for a chat. His exhibit, Waltzing the Muse is in final days at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. And, Second Star New Orleans presents Lee Blessing's 1988 drama, Two Rooms.

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Donald Trump Jr. tweeted images of emails regarding his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on Tuesday. An intermediary said he could connect Trump Jr. with people who had information "that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton]... and would be very useful to your father." Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting, which former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner also attended in June 2016.

This week on The Reading Life: Benjamin Moser, author of  "Why This World? A Biography of Clarice Lispector," talks about his longstanding affection for the Brazilian writer and his stewardship of her literary legacy. And Susan has a review of Roxane Gay’s "Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body."

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Louisiana isn’t the only place in the world trying to fight back the ocean. Much of the Netherlands is below sea level, and the Dutch are well-known for their water management expertise.

 

State officials in Louisiana are signing a formal agreement to tap into that knowledge.

 

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This week on Le Show: The Easy Deasy, The Miracle of Coal, News of the Godly, The Apologies of the Week, Mitchell & Jesson, News of the Atom, Read the Trades, News of Microplastics, News of the Warm, and more!

Continuum presents excerpts from the Feast of Fools, a post-European Christmas event dating from the Middle Ages. Occurring between Christmas and Epiphany, this celebration was marked by much license and buffoonery. The clergy and the laity traded places for a day and interesting things happened, particularly in The Mass of the Ass. You'll hear it from these CDs: The Feast of Fools (The New London Consort) L’Oiseaus-Lyre 433 194-2, and La Fete de L'Ane (Clemencic Consort) Harmonia Mundi HMT 7901036.

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FOOD & DINING

The Appalachians range from Northern Alabama to Canada, yet when we speak of the people of Appalachia and their food and culture, we're talking about the South.
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Louisiana Eats: Victuals And Spider Legs

On this week’s show, we take a sonic journey through Appalachia to explore the history and legacy of its unique foodways. We begin with Troy Ball , whose hobby as a moonshiner became a means of helping her family survive financial ruin. Troy’s memoir, Pure Heart, tells a very personal story of raising two special needs sons while becoming the first legal female moonshiner in Southern history.

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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.

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Le Show For The Week Of July 16, 2017

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer premieres a new song, "Number One Son." Also: News of the Warm , Your Brain on the War on Drugs , News of Microplastics , The Apologies of the Week , and more!

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