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Coastal Desk
9:23 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Five Years After The BP Oil Disaster Is It Safer To Work Off-shore?

Oil workers practice fire fighting at the Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma.
Credit Jesse Hardman

Five years ago an off-shore explosion killed 11 workers and created a massive 210 million gallon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. There’s been questions marks ever since about how the accident could have been prevented and how to improve off-shore safety standards.

Carl Moore started working on off-shore supply boats back in the 1980s.

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Continuum
6:00 am
Sun April 19, 2015

Continuum: A Whole Lot of Holborne

The instrumental consort music of English 17th century composer, Anthony Holborne, will be featured this week on Continuum. You'll hear many of his dances, including pavans, galliards and almaynes with interesting titles including "The Honeysuckle" and "The Fairie Round". The outstanding performances will be given by The King's Noyse under the director of David Douglas. Recording used is: My Selfe - The Music of Anthony Holborne (The King's Noyse) - Harmonia Mundi HMU 907238.

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Louisiana Eats!
11:30 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Seafood Innovation After The BP Spill

Shrimp boats docked in Venice, Louisiana.
Credit finchlake2000 / Flickr

On this week’s Louisiana Eats!, we’re remembering the devastation of the BP oil spill, which took place five years ago this week. Six weeks after the spill, we produced our very first episode of Louisiana Eats!, and there was no way we could ignore the disaster that was unfolding in the Gulf.

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Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten
6:21 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Jazz New Orleans' Jazz Fest Preview — Part 1 Of 3

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga play Jazz Fest on April 26th. Tony Bennett is the Jazz New Orleans "Player of the Week."

This week on Jazz New Orleans with Fred Kasten (Fridays, 8–10 p.m.

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Community
4:39 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Community Impact: School Leadership Center

Dr. Anna Faye Caminita is head of school at McDonogh 42 Charter School, and one of the school leaders the School Leadership Center works with.
Eve Abrams

The School Leadership Center is in its 17th year of developing Louisiana’s public and non-public school leaders in order to increase student achievement.

“The way I like to describe the School Leadership Center is that imagine an organization whose sole purpose was to help schools get better,” says Brian Riedlinger, the CEO of the School Leadership Center.

Dr. Anna Faye Caminita is head of school at McDonogh 42 Charter School, and one of the school leaders the School Leadership Center works with.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Where Y'Eat: Food Museum Proves Appetizing, Evocative

The Southern Food & Beverage Museum in New Orleans marks its grand opening this weekend, April 17-19.
SoFAB Institute

Some museums offer a chance to connect with the highest achievements of art and ingenuity, to gaze over priceless wonders or to better understand pivotal moments of human history.

At the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, some of what resonates most richly may be artifacts you once had in your pantry or old brand names whose jingles are still stuck in your head.

You’re less likely to swoon over some rarified treasure as to delight in the recognition of something tied up with your own traditions and ties to the region’s food culture.  

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Education
3:57 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Voices Of Educators: Dr. Kate Kokontis

Dr. Kate Kokontis.
Credit Mallory Falk / WWNO

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, or NOCCA, has long been known as a leading arts education program. But the staff there began to notice a trend. Students came to NOCCA from schools all over the city and had dramatically different experiences.

"And there were a lot of sad moments at the end of somebody's senior year where they'd be given a scholarship based on their art, or get into a school based on their arts audition, and then not be able to accept it because they weren't admitted academically," says Dr. Kate Kokontis.

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Music Inside Out
2:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Scott Aiges Pulls Back The Curtain On The Music Business

Credit Guillaume Laurent / Flickr

Consider the musicians.

After the crowd goes home, after they pack their gear and instruments, when their van rolls through the night and the smell of smoke still lingers on their clothes, the bottom line remains. The business of music never sleeps.

Artist royalties, mechanical royalties, revenue streams and recording contracts occupy the minds and sleepless nights of managers and artists the country over as they head to their next gig.

You could fill a college course with everything an artist needs to know. Trust us, they have.

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NOLA Life Stories
1:30 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

NOLA Life Stories: George Wein's Rocky Road To Jazz Fest

George Wein, seated, worked with different music experts to guarantee that the Jazz Fest lineup was stylistically diverse.
Credit Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.

Jazz Fest creator George Wein was a pianist and professor of jazz studies at Boston University when he organized the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954. He scored another hit with the Newport Folk Festival and became a sought after concert promoter.

When officials from New Orleans wanted him to produce a festival in the Crescent City, George knew he wanted to do it, but encountered some obstacles along the way.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Out To Lunch: L.E.D.G.E.

Peter Ricchiuti, Secretary Stephen Moret and Mike deBoe.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you. GE is the 6th largest company in the Fortune 500. They've been quoted as saying "New Orleans is becoming the hub of the South." And they're putting their money where their mouth is. In downtown New Orleans, in the Place St. Charles building, GE Capital Technology Center has 70,000 square feet of office space.

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