This conversation was recorded March 19th. In this segment of the StoryCorps recordings, a Common Ground volunteer talks with two residents of the Lower Ninth Ward about how the community is coping with rebuilding.
Nick Karel speaks with J.F. "Smitty" Smith and Ward "Mac" McClendon about how a close relationship evolved between the volunteers and the residents.
New Orleans, La. – BP spokesman Doug Suttles says the company is still planning to try burning the oil off at sea, but isn't sure of the best location in the slick that's streaming across hundreds of thousands of miles. He says skimmers pick up only about 10 percent.
"Some of the oil will likely reach land. So what we want to do is protect the most sensitive areas and then prepare to clean up those areas where the oil does reach. It's probably not possible to collect all the oil offshore." :12
New Orleans – Today - on "The Sound of Books" with Fred Kasten - conversation with New Orleans chef and restaurateur John Besh - author of the critically-acclaimed combination memoir and cookbook - "My New Orleans"...
To find out more about John Besh and "My New Orleans" - please click here .
New Orleans, LA – Just travel between a few New Orleans neighborhoods and it's plain to see that the city has an extensive problem with blighted property. Yet the full magnitude of the issue can be hard to grasp from the street. The true picture is a sprawling patchwork of damaged, abandoned or simply neglected properties. In some areas, it may be a few addresses sullying rejuvenated blocks while in others broad swaths of damaged homes and businesses dominate the urban landscape.
New Orleans – Brian Blade is one of the most in-demand drummers in music - a regular colleague of such top artists as Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell - and a fine composer who has led his Fellowship Band since 1998.
To learn more about Brian Blade and his music - please click here .
For more information about the 41st Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Presented by Shell - please click here .