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New Orleans: Ready Or Not? Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands

New Orleans is a city that floods. Even a small storm can leave streets impassable. City officials say they’re working on solutions, but they’re also asking citizens to help out. All this week we’ve aired stories about how prepared the city is for the threats that climate change will bring — heavier rains, bigger storms, extreme temperatures — and there are some serious doubts. That’s why some people are taking matters into their own hands.

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CULTURE

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A Little Bit Of Paris In New Orleans

Bastille Day arrives on July 14, and in this tricentennial year, the holiday prompts a reflection on the city’s French heritage. Kyly La Riviere is strengthening the French-Louisianan connection by bringing a little bit of Paris to New Orleans at Petit Paris Market on Magazine Street.

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Trump Calls His Criticism Of British Prime Minister 'Fake News'

Updated at 12:35 p.m. ET President Trump denied criticizing British Prime Minister Theresa May on her home soil Friday, despite being quoted in an interview with a British tabloid saying she had gone "the opposite way" and ignoring advice he gave her regarding Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. In a wide-ranging news conference alongside May, which followed a meeting at the prime minister's country estate, Chequers, Trump also said that immigration had been "very bad for Europe"...

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A Conversation with Mayor Ray Nagin

Aug 29, 2006

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Nagin Blamed for Crescent City's Rising Crime

Jul 25, 2006

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Nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans is slowly returning to its old self, at least in one regard.

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New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin won reelection over the weekend. Now he's planning to meet with key advisors to develop a 100-day plan. That 100 days will include the start of another hurricane season.

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It's the kind of thing that makes you wonder if we political types focus on the wrong thing.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, in a tight runoff race with the state's current lieutenant governor to keep his post, vowed the city will be ready for the coming hurricane season and rebuffed claims in a recently published book that he was an ineffective leader as the storm ravaged the city last August.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and other officials lay out new evacuation plans for the city, nearly nine months after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. With the revamped strategy focused on helping those without transportation leave, Nagin reassured residents that looting would be prevented.

Nagin, who faces a runoff election for his post on May 20, says the detailed plan for a total evacuation in the event of a huge storm was worked out over several months, with the help of the federal government. The plan would use buses and trains to get people out of the city.

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A new campaign for mayor is underway in New Orleans after Saturday's first round made an election runoff necessary.

New Orleans Mayoral Race Down to Two

Apr 23, 2006

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LE SHOW

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Le Show For The Week Of July 8, 2018

This week on Le Show Harry Shearer brings us a tribute to the late Henry Butler with excerpts from an interview the two conducted, a performance from Butler at the South By Southwest Conference & Festival, and reflections about his life from other New Orleans piano players, Tom McDermott and David Torkanowsky. Plus, new editions of News of Dominion, News of the Warm, and the Apologies of the Week.

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How prepared is New Orleans for the challenges that climate change will bring in coming years? WWNO and The Lens explore this question with a special series.

THE READING LIFE

The Reading Life with Kent Wascom and Heather Veneziano

This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with novelist Kent Wascom, whose third novel in the Woolsack saga is “The New Inheritors.” We’ll also hear from Heather Veneziano, one of the editors and contributors to "Gateway to New Orleans, Bayou St. John, 1708-2018,” a gorgeous history/architectural survey of one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods. Here’s what’s on tap in the literary life this week: Kent Wascom discusses and signs "The New Inheritors," Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m....

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FOOD & DINING

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Louisiana Eats: World Cup of Liquors

Every four years, World Cup fans join together in the spirit of international competition. On this week's show, we raise a glass to intercontinental camaraderie by tasting five exotic spirits produced across the globe. We begin our celebration the way they do in China, with a baijiu toast. American expat Derek Sandhaus introduces us to this ancient Chinese liquor, which has recently gained popularity in the West. Then we'll hear about a popular herbal digestive in the Czech Republic:...

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TRICENTENNIAL READING LIST

Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life, talks with local authors and readers about their favorite books from three hundred years of New Orleans literature.