Countries across the world are starting to ban some microplastics. Like microbeads — the tiny pieces of plastic used in soap and face washes. This time of year in New Orleans, it’s almost raining plastic, from beads to glitter. Lots of glitter. But what happens to all that sparkly stuff after it washes away? WWNO’s Travis Lux took a look at the environmental consequences of glitter.
The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics' opening ceremony is Friday, but the first competitions are already under way. The U.S. curling team of Matt and Becca Hamilton led off a mixed doubles tournament by defeating a team from Russia. There was a smattering of applause for each team as they were announced. The loudest cheers were reserved for the host South Korean team, which was also on the ice as part of the mixed-doubles tournament at the Gangneung Curling Center. The Russians wore simple black...
This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer brings a new episode of News From Outside the Bubble, News of the Olympics, News of Bad Banks, News of the Smart World, Nixon in Heaven, News of the Atom, News of Inspectors General, music from the Meters, and more.
FOOD & DINING
The cynical might chalk it up to the sugar buzz talking, but I believe king cake brings optimism. It barrels through indecision in favor of indulgence. It can brighten your day, even if it’s the last thing you eat at night. It’s not just a cake, it’s an emblem. This is also why king cake has become contentious.
THE READING LIFE
This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Karen Celestan, the creator, along with photographer Eric Waters, of "Freedom’s Dance: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans ," a collection of beautiful photos with illuminating essays about this important aspect of our culture.