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Capitol Access Legislative Update

The Louisiana legislature has finished its first week of the regular session. Gov. John Bel Edwards laid out his legislative priorities in an address to the chamber on Monday. Edwards also appeared before the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations to support bills that would raise the state minimum wage and require state contractors to abide by the Equal Pay for Women Act.

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Coastal News Roundup: Refinery Flare Edition

Last weekend, New Orleanians noticed a big fireball coming from the Chalmette Refining refinery. Some worried there had been an explosion, but it turns out it was a really big flare — a fiery plume that burns off excess stuff created during the oil refining process.

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National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster Is Expected To Leave Trump Administration

After one year in his job, national security adviser H.R. McMaster is expected to depart his White House position soon, U.S. officials tell NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman. Despite a denial from the Trump administration, the only thing that is reportedly holding up McMaster's departure is a transition plan. McMaster's exit has been the subject of rumors, in a similar way that outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had been viewed as not long for life under President Trump....

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This evening (Thursday) kicks off the tricentennial symposium ‘Making New Orleans Home.’ Organized by The Historic New Orleans Collection and the City, the event highlights 300 years of New Orleans history. Cokie Roberts is the keynote speaker. Roberts is a political commentator and a native New Orleanian - who now lives in the DC area. She says the tricentennial’s a big deal, and even though people up north might not care about the tricentennial, "they care about New Orleans.

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The company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline has started building a pipeline through South Louisiana. Protesters are disrupting construction, and now a judge has ordered construction in the Atchafalaya Basin to stop while a lawsuit plays out in court.

Bring Your Own Presents: ‘No Baggage, Please’

Mar 7, 2018
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This story was told on January 18th, 2018 at SBC, and later produced by Maggie Hermann. The theme of the evening was "Pipe Dreams: our Flooding Visions and Nightmares " and here, Constanza Porche describes her day navigating the roads through the August 5th flood and how she’s learned to be prepared for water in New Orleans since before she was born.

Legislators are moving on from a failed special session to focus on the regular session that starts Monday.

Robert Travis Scott is President of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, a non-partisan public policy group. Despite the collapse of the special session, Scott says there's still progress to be made over the next few months. 

This week on Inside the Arts, conversation with Carol Rausch. The New Orleans Opera chorus master and Loyola Opera Theatre director is being honored with GAMBIT's Classical Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lawmakers ended the special session early, failing to raise any revenue to avoid the fiscal cliff.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, clearly frustrated, says the session failed because of a lack of leadership in the House. 

Cade Brumley takes questions before being appointed superintendent.
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After hours of public comment, the Jefferson Parish School Board voted Monday night to hire a new superintendent. Cade Brumley, who currently leads DeSoto Parish Schools, was the only applicant for the job. Now he’s set to become the leader of the state’s largest school system, pending successful contract negotiations.

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The Army Corps of Engineers will open the Bonnet Carré Spillway on Thursday to prevent river flooding near New Orleans.


The Mississippi River is rising, as floodwater from the Midwest makes its way south.

On this Continuum you'll hear a special program devoted to the art of the recorder in early music presented by the legendary short-lived David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. In the 1970s Munrow had the talent of playing a wide variety of early instruments particularly the recorder for which he became quite famous. His English style of discreet, controlled expression contrasts with the greater tonal flexibility of the Continental style of that period. Recordings used are from The Art of the Recorder — Testament SBT2 1368 — a 2 CD set.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Julie Kane, former Louisiana Poet Laureate and co-editor of a new landmark anthology, "Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse," along with contributors Nordette Adams and Andy Young, who read from their work. 


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Le Show For the Week of Mar. 11, 2018

This week on Le Show, Harry Shearer sings "Stormy Daniels," CPR's Said & Done: Harvey Weinstein , News of the Reckoning , News of the Warm , News of the Godly , News from Outside the Bubble , News of Microplastics , News of Inspectors General , The Apologies of the Week , and more!

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Red beans and rice at Dunbar's Creole Cuisine in New Orleans.
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Where Y’Eat: As March Madness Rolls, New Orleans Tracks Its Own Red Beans Brackets

Gumbo is famous. Po-boys get plenty of press and king cake is now a seasonal sensation, splayed across social media for all the hungry world to crave.

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The Reading Life With Russell Lord And Tiffany Quay Tyson

This week on The Reading Life: NOMA curator of photographs Russell Lord talks about the gorgeous new book, "Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art."And novelist Tiffany Quay Tyson crafts a great Mississippi novel in The Past Is Never.

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